Meditation and Relaxation for Stress
My favorite piece of music
is the one we hear all the time if we are quiet.
One of the most powerful ways to help manage stress is to allow some time each day for inner silence. This can come in the form of progressive relaxation exercises, contemplative prayer, the simple repetition of a neutral or comforting word or phrase, biofeedback training, or even listening to soothing music. Moving meditations such as Tai Chi or Hatha Yoga can also be applied with similar results.
There is a powerful effect on our health when we make a commitment to reserve a period of time every day to center ourselves in the present moment. We need to regularly and frequently "step back" from the hectic pace and vigilance which typifies our day and feel what it is like to reside in a calm center of presence. The inner wholeness we can experience only in the Now is a refreshing break from our usual focus on planning, futuring, rehearsing, reminiscing, regretting, fantasizing, catastrophizing, daydreaming or the like in the past or future.
Experiment with other forms of abiding in the Here and Now such as progressive relaxation exercises, relaxation audio or videotapes, listening to soothing music, or doing Tai Chi. No matter what combination of practices you use try to spend 20 minutes twice a day just for inner centering and silence.
The Mind & Life Institute sponsors seminars and provides learning materials for better living. They have a CD on "The Science and Clinical Applications of Meditation."
There are scores of websites on Relaxation Response. Here's one you might try for more detailed instruction and information: Relax
Computerized biofeedback training is a dynamic, scientific way to methodically reprogram our mind-body to function in a more balanced, relaxed way. It may be one of the most effective high-tech stress management tools. As more research is done on brainwave biofeedback more individuals are using it for meditation training. To find out more about how to integrate biofeedback into your stress management program try the following websites: Biofeedback.net or Biof.com or LifeMatters.com