Managing our (anxious) thoughts

mindful minute

We are living in unusual times: some of us frantically busy; some of us with little to do. All of us seeking safety.

Managing our thoughts can be tricky at the best of times. We can allow ourselves to be run ragged by repeating thoughts, often anxious thoughts.

Here on audio or below in text is a one-minute breath meditation. Use it; be calm. Use it repeatedly; it takes practice to manage our anxious thoughts.

  1. Feel your breath coming in and out of your nose. Feel your breath as it fills up your chest and lungs, and feel it as you release it.
  2. Notice what’s happening around you, using your senses. Hear any sounds, notice any smells, and feel the temperature of the air against your skin.
  3. Observe the emotions and thoughts you have. Just notice them, without judgment, and without any desire to change them.
  4. Notice how your mind drifts, and bring it back to your breath. Feel your breath coming in and out of your nose. Feel your breath as it fills up your chest and lungs, and notice it as you release it.

There was a poet who lived way back when and during times of anxiety they reached out to God.

Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.

As we pause, breathe, meditate, we can choose to open ourselves to God. This may be our usual practice; it may be something new. In unusual times we may find ourselves practicing what we know as well as open to the new.

This is Mindful Monday on 23 March 2020.

Look out for Thoughtful Thursday posts, starting this week.

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