Happy? Sad? Stressed? Meditation for any mood

Don't fall into the trap of thinking you need to be feeling calm in order to meditate - that's like saying you need to be in shape to go to the gym! In fact, meditation can be used to rebalance your mood, whether you're feeling angry after an argument with your partner or are experiencing feelings of loss after a friendship breakup. Meditation is wonderfully balancing when you're feeling emotional! Feeling one of these 4 common moods? Then there's a meditation technique to help...

Reset Meditation

What's your mood?

If you're feeling worried, stressing over that work deadline, struggling to sleep or relax due to racing thoughts or dwelling on the negative, then set aside 5 to 10 minutes to try this meditation, which will calm you down and make it easier to solve that problem or make an important decision.

What to do

Sit comfortably on the bed, a chair or even the floor, with your torso as upright as possible, hands folded comfortably in your lap or resting on your knees and eyes closed. There's no need to try and stop your mind from racing - this rarely works anyway! Instead, focus on the present moment and notice everything around you. What do you feel, smell, taste or sense? Now focus on 'feeling' your body as you mentally work your way from your toes to your head and notice how each part of your body feels. If you've finished and there is still time left, spend the last few minutes focusing on your breathing. Then slowly open your eyes and you should feel ready to handle the stress or banish those worries!

Blues Buster Meditation

What's your mood?

For those times you feel insecure, sad, disappointed or heartbroken, this meditation is perfect. It might be that a friend has let you down or your partner has done something you didn't expect. It may even be that you've simply lost confidence in yourself and are feeling unhappy as a result. Take 5 to 10 minutes out and give this a go - you'll soon feel better.

What to do

Again find a comfortable place to sit, with your eyes closed. Take a deep breath in and be aware of the journey your breath takes as it travels from your nostrils to your chest. Breathe out and again follow your breath's journey as it leaves your body, creating a loop from your head to your heart. Whilst doing this, remind yourself that you are whole, perfect and complete, beyond your physical body and any circumstances that are affecting you now. Keep breathing in this loop for 5 to 10 minutes. When you open your eyes, you should feel lighter and less weighed down by unhappiness.

Anger Management Meditation

What's your mood?

This meditation is great for those times you're so angry you could strangle someone (we've all been there)! Problems at work, arguments at home, money worries or disagreements with friends - even a stressful everyday commute can lead to anger! This meditation will calm your frazzled nerves and help you get your mood back on track.

What to do

Sit in a chair or on the sofa or floor in an upright position, eyes closed. Slowly breathe in, filling your lungs deeply, then pause at the top. Breathe out, emptying your lungs as much as you can and again pause a second or two before breathing in again. Whilst breathing deeply in and out, put yourself in the shoes of the person who has wronged you and try to see things from their perspective. Perhaps they were simply doing their best and made a mistake. Or maybe they have been sent to teach you a valuable life lesson. Focus on what that lesson could be, rather than feeling anger towards the person who has wronged you. Continue breathing deeply in and out for 5 to 10 minutes, then slowly open your eyes and enjoy feeling calmer and less angry!

It's All Good Meditation

What's your mood?

This meditation helps you to channel those positive vibes when you're feeling satisfied, happy and pretty good about life! On days where everything seems to be going right, try fitting this meditation in twice - once in the morning and once at night.

What to do

Sit comfortably and close your eyes. In your head, softly chant the sound 'Sat Nam' (pronounced 'Sot Naam'). Breathe in and as you exhale, softly repeat the word out loud. This is an ancient mantra meaning 'everything is one thing." Keep repeating it under your breath as you inhale and exhale, feeling at one with your body and your surroundings. When 5 to 10 minutes have passed, slowly open your eyes. The more you practice this meditation, the more at ease you'll start to feel in your own skin and in life!


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Author By Paula Beaton
Date On 7th Sep 2015 at 15:24
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