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Guided Meditation

Below you will find a selection of guided meditations and information to help support you in your own practice. If you are new to Mindfulness, or would like to renew basic instructions for Mindfulness, we invite you to review the first slide below which outlines 4 simple steps to help you practice Mindfulness. If you would like more information regarding each of the steps, you can choose to click on the audio link describing each of the steps in more detail, OR select the blue link below the slide for a PDF version to read. Additional support and instruction is available in person for those who would like to learn more. Contact the FEAP office for more information or to schedule an appointment. Below this first slide are three short guided meditations, as well as a visual meditation prompt for you to choose from.

"What is essential and deserves my precious attention?  What is non-essential and can be released?" (Gregory Kramer).  

Mindfulness Definition: Paying attention on purpose to the moment you are in without judgement. 

 

CLICK HERE to read more details for each step

This guided meditation is designed to help you interrupt unhelpful habitual patterns of thinking and discern  what is most important.  In addition to bring clarity in terms of what might be the wisest next step based on your values and what is within your control.

Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist from standford describes our human brain as “one brain and two modes”.  The Pause and plan mode, is activated when our prefrontal cortex is the most dominant part of our brain.  The fight flight freeze mode is activated when the amgydala is the most dominant part of our brain.  Many people find this exercise below helps connect with  pause and plan mode.   

This brief practice is designed to help you remember to consider what is most important in any given moment and proceed accordingly.

 

 

There are many different ways to practice mindfulness.  Some people find a visual focus helps cultivate awareness and focus.  If you are a more visual person you may find the clip below helpful.