Experiencing stress, anxiety, and depression can leave us feeling chaotic and conflicted–especially amidst a pandemic. Though there are many healthy ways to manage and cope with these, one way is to practice mindfulness and meditation. Today’s meditation is all about finding comfort amidst conflict.
For this meditation, begin lying down. Get as comfy as possible. You may lie down on your bed, or lie down on your yoga mat with your body supported by yoga props. Perhaps take a bolster underneath your thighs, a pillow underneath your head, or even lie down in a restorative heart opener.
As always, become aware of your body. Then, feel the weight of your body on your mat or on your bed. Now, alow your attention to travel from the tips of your toes up to the crown of your head, not really lingering anywhere but simply feeling the shape of your body.
Next, become aware of your breath. Don’t force your breath into a rhythm that feels unnatural to you. If your breath feels tight or shallow, that’s okay. Allow it to simply be, and just observe the ebb and flow of your inhalations and exhalations.
Finally, become aware of your mind. Notice your thoughts. Are you feeling stressed or anxious? Do you feel worried and upset? Do not resist these thoughts, and do not try to fight them. Try to look at them and hold your thoughts with compassion.
Understand that these thoughts are normal, and while they may seem unbearing at the times, it is still possible to approach them with love, patience, and comfort.
Start to feel your thoughts soften. And with your thoughts gradually softening, mindfully allow the body to melt more deeply towards the mat or your bed. Finally, feel that sense of comfort and surrender.
Stay here for a few minutes. When you’re ready to end your meditation, gently move your body with ease. Then, open your eyes.
First published in October 2020; updated January 2022