A Simple Meditation To Stop That Emotional Elevator

Meditation | Learn Self Control With MeditationAlthough the mind is a magnificent piece of machinery, like with any good tool, determining its purpose is essential to being able to use it optimally.

Now if you’re like most people, at certain times you find yourself overwhelmed and hooked by your feelings. And while there’s nothing wrong with that per se, unfortunately when that happens, the snag tends to be by those not so pleasant emotions like anger, fear, stress, and sadness. So what’s a person to do?

Dr. Kathleen Hall pens this recent Mindful Living Network post on how to use a simple mindfulness meditation practice to help a person push the stop button on their emotional elevator. According to Hall, the mind was designed to think. The point isn’t to stop it from doing its job. However, when the mind attaches thoughts to those feelings, that’s when things can get a little out of control. Below is her 8 step mindfulness meditation that focuses on the breath in an effort to regain some control.

  • As the many thoughts race through your mind, “busy mind”, focus on your breath. Your breath is your constant anchor.
  • Inhale to the count of 4; 1-2-3-4.
  • Exhale to the count of 4; 1-2-3-4.
  • This process will create a sense of serenity, focus and control. Feelings come and go like the waves of the ocean. There is no right or wrong. The mind is just doing it’s job, thinking.
  • Return to your anchor, your breath with a smile.
  • Inhale to the count of 4; 1-2-3-4.
  • Exhale to the count of 4; 1-2-3-4.
  • Imagine your thoughts are clouds in the brilliant blue sky and as you breathe the clouds float away and you are in the midst of the beautiful clear blue sky.

Read more from Hall on how to use meditation to weather the emotional elevator here.

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