Meditation – Embracing Uncertainty

✨ Embracing Uncertainty ✨ ⁠

NOW AVAILABLE ON INSIGHT TIMER!⁠

⁠Well, it’s finally 2021, but just as we suspected some magical life-altering switch was definitely not flipped and uncertain times are just about the only certain thing in most of our lives right now. Things will change, but it will take time, in the meantime trust that you are not alone.⁠

⁠In this guided visualization meditation we’ll navigate your current fears, worries, and uncertainties together. You will be given a safe space to acknowledge your current challenges, determine actionable ways to help you move forward successfully, rediscover your inner strength & resilience, explore gratitude for your current support system, and find relief from stress and anxiety.⁠

⁠I know things are hard right now, if you are lacking the support that you need please reach out. I offer free consultations and a sliding scale. I’d love to help in any way that I can. ⁠

⁠Follow this link to listen to this meditation on Insight Timer now & please let me know how this meditation went for you. Come back to these meditations for daily support. Remember, your brain is a muscle too. The more you train it the happier and healthier you’ll be. Feel free to share any meditation requests you think might be helpful. Thanks for meditating with me 🙏🏽❤️

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⁠MUSIC: Chris Zabriskie
ART: Luizclas

Guided Meditation For Grief & Trauma – Testimonial

Thank you, Beth ❤️⁠

⁠Meditation can be healing for trauma survivors. It can help you feel lighter, find clarity & learn how to navigate thoughts, feelings & emotions. It can also be triggering. Full disclosure, meditation did not work for me in the beginning & truthfully it just won’t work for everyone. I found it to be disorienting, but once I started using trauma-informed techniques everything changed. I would like to offer some tips that helped me learn how to use meditation as a healing tool.⁠

⁠🌙 Meditate somewhere you feel safe. Before you begin, become familiar with your surroundings & the sounds around you. I found it helpful to have an “escape” plan before I got started (for me this was being in a room that didn’t feel claustrophobic, making sure the door to my bedroom was open & I could easily see what was happening outside the door).⁠

⁠🌙 You don’t need to close your eyes. I do close my eyes but I give myself permission to open them as often as I needed to. I open them to refamiliarize myself with my surroundings & the sounds around me. You can also gaze down & leave your eyes open the whole time.⁠

⁠🌙 Before beginning, I enlisted a “security blanket.” This could be an object I can touch that makes me feel safe, calm, or comfortable. Or it could be a part of my body. For example, maybe my hands make me feel safe. So maybe I’m holding my own hands or rubbing my palm with a finger, or maybe my eyes are open the whole time & I’m focusing on the palms of my hands. Focusing on, or coming back to something that makes you feel secure can be helpful. ⁠

⁠🌙 Stop & start as many times as you’d like. If you begin a meditation & start to feel triggered, stop immediately! Know that this does not mean you did something wrong, you’re broken, or you failed. I did this a lot when I first got started. Go at your pace & listen to your body! Trust yourself ❤️⁠

⁠🌙 Work with a trauma-informed professional. Working with a professional can make all the difference. They provide an environment to guide you through the process safely & with fewer triggers.       ⁠

Please reach out to a healthcare professional for support if your grief has become too much to handle & remember that you are not alone ❤️

⁠You can listen to this meditation series on Insight Timer following this link.

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Guided Meditation For Grief & Trauma – Testimonial

Thank you, Mel ❤️⁠

⁠Visualization & guided imagery can be great tools to help initiate the healing process. Visualization meditations help focus the mind on behaviors or events you’d like to implement or have occur in your life. This is another way to help connect the body and mind, which may have become disconnected due to the trauma you experienced.⁠

⁠Visualization meditations provide guided pictures, images, suggestions, and exploration. They might ask what you see, hear, smell, or taste. Allowing you time to fill in the blank. Think of it like a guided choose your own adventure book, do you remember those? They might suggest you see bright colors, feel warmth on your skin, that you’re walking through a field of beautiful flowers, etc. Exploration & images like this have the potential to change our emotions in a positive way & can even rewire the brain (neuroplasticity).⁠

⁠Visualization has been used to help people move past obstacles in their lives. It can also help you find relaxation, comfort & clarity. It can relieve symptoms of stress, anxiety & depression. Though it can be challenging & might take some time to get comfortable & familiar with, I can tell you that visualization meditations have helped me heal tremendously! I would definitely keep a journal nearby. It didn’t happen right away, but after some experience with meditations like this, I learned a lot about what my thoughts & feelings were trying to tell me. I would jot down words, colors, and physical/emotional sensations that came up for me. Major breakthroughs happened in my life because of visualization meditations. You can even share these notes with your therapist or psychologist if you think it might be helpful.⁠

⁠In conjunction with other professional therapies & treatments, visualization is another great integrative & holistic healing tool to add to your healing toolbox.   ⁠

Please reach out to a healthcare professional for support if your grief has become too much to handle & remember that you are not alone ❤️

⁠You can listen to this meditation series on Insight Timer following this link.

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Guided Meditation For Grief & Trauma – Testimonial

Thank you, Kim ❤️⁠

⁠Trauma can take you out of your body. It’s not uncommon to have a healthcare professional tell you that you’ve been dissociating. This was something I did after experiencing severe trauma. Dissociation is a break in how your mind handles information. When this happens you may feel separate from your thoughts, feelings, memories & surroundings. It’s disorienting & can cause isolation, at a time when support is important to your healing process. ⁠

⁠In combination with professional help & support from family, friends & support groups, meditation can be a helpful integrative & holistic tool to help you reconnect with your body & mind. ⁠

⁠One way meditation does this is by implementing breathing exercises. I often found, when being triggered, that I would stop breathing altogether. Or my breath would become short & shallow which had the potential to lead to symptoms you’d experience during a panic or anxiety attack. ⁠

⁠By slowing my breath down, focusing on the rise & fall of the air in my lungs & paying attention to contact points between my body & whatever was supporting me (chair, bed, yoga mat, floor, etc.) I found myself becoming centered again. My heart rate would slow, my thoughts would become clear & calm & I felt reconnected to myself & my surroundings again. Think of breathing exercises as an anchor that you can come back to again & again. ⁠

⁠The cool thing about breathing exercises is that you can do them anywhere, anytime, you’re breathing right now. Stop for a second & notice your breath. Is it fast? Short? Shallow? Were you holding your breath? Try to slow your breath down, inhaling & exhaling out of your nose. Filling the whole space between your bellybutton & collarbones. You can even place one hand on your lower belly & one on your upper chest & see if you can feel that you are breathing into the spaces where your hands are. Do this for a few minutes & notice how connected & relaxed your physical & mental body becomes 😊 ⁠

Please reach out to a healthcare professional for support if your grief has become too much to handle & remember that you are not alone ❤️

⁠You can listen to this meditation series on Insight Timer following this link.

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Unconditional

✨Unconditional✨

Willing to experience aloneness,

I discover connection everywhere;

Turning to face my fear,

I meet the warrior who lives within;

Opening to my loss,

I gain the embrace of the universe;

Surrendering into emptiness,

I find fullness without end.

Each condition I flee from pursues me,

Each condition I welcome transforms me,

And becomes itself transformed

Into it’s radiant jewel-like essence.

I bow to the one who has made it so,

Who crafted this Master Game;

To play it is purest delight – 

To honor it’s form, true devotion.

  • Jennifer Paine Welwood, “Unconditional”

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Guided Meditation For Grief & Trauma – Testimonial

Thank you, Beata ❤️⁠

⁠When we lose a human or pet that we care about deeply feelings of grief can be overwhelming, consuming & numbing. I believe the hole they leave in our lives never gets fully filled again, but I also believe that it becomes an important part of our journey & when we process our grief in a healthy way, at our pace, the hole that remains now glimmers with memories that we’ll cherish forever. Hopefully, those memory glimmers can once again bring us feelings of warmth, comfort, security, and happiness once we’ve processed our difficult feelings & emotions.⁠

⁠Guided meditations for trauma & grief can be incredibly challenging. The last thing you probably want to do is swim in your thoughts, feelings & emotions. I understand this & I understand it well. I ran from my challenging feelings for a long time, but all they did was grow stronger & stronger the longer I ignored them. At times the feelings I tried to avoid consumed me. What I eventually learned about meditation is that it had no expectations of me. There were no rules. It was a safe space for me to feel whatever I needed to feel in that moment. There was no judgment here, only a space to allow feelings to come and go as I healed and learned to be comfortable with not being comfortable. It was a space that allowed me to find peace within my grief. It was a space that eventually brought up uncomfortable feelings less and less and instead created space to reconnect with feelings that brought me happiness, comfort & release.⁠

⁠My hope is that you too can find comfort, healing, and emotional release 🙌🏽   ⁠

⁠Please reach out to a healthcare professional for support if your grief has become too much to handle & remember that you are not alone ❤️⁠

⁠You can listen to this meditation series on Insight Timer following this link.

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