Change can be hard, especially if it signifies the end of something that we are especially fond of or are extremely comfortable with. And there are countless ways for you to deal with change in your life. One way is to breathe and meditate, both of which help to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, the “rest and digest” system of our bodies.
Breathwork helps us to relax, to let go of stress and tension, to release expectations and attachments, and to find our way to a sense of inner peace and calm. Likewise, meditating can help us to let go of the things we are holding on to which are no longer serving us, such as those attachments to how things used to be.
So, as we start to transition into the Fall with cooler weather, shorter days, and heading back to school in these unprecedented COVID times, I invite you to take just a moment to meditate and breathe this month, as a way to help make the seasonal transitional a little smoother for you and for all those around you.
Below is a simple, relatively brief meditation, with some breathwork, to try out. May it bring you peace and calm in the midst of uncertain and everchanging times. Namaste.
Find a comfortable seat, relax your shoulders down your back, and rest your hands in your lap.
Take a deep breath in through your nose and sign it out, then allow the breath to flow naturally as you begin to allow the muscles of the body to release and relax, one at a time, from head to toe.
When the body is feeling settled and a bit more relaxed, bring your focus into your heart. Allow yourself to concentrate on this space, calling in a sense of peace and calm by silently repeating one of the following phrases (whichever one feels right for you) for two to three minutes (longer if you wish):
- All is as it should be.
- I am always supported, even in times of change.
- I am secure and safe.
- I am ready for what is next.
- My life is constantly being made new.
- I welcome change.
- The best time for new beginnings is now.
At the end of the 2-3 minute time period, release the phrase you were repeating silently to yourself and once again take a long, slow, deep breath in through your nose, then sigh it out completely. Slowly open your eyes.
Feel free to return to that phrase anytime you need a brief reminder to let go and allow in the midst of change.