"What one heals in themselves they heal in the world"
As everything shuts down due to the Coronavirus, we all are experiencing a very challenging time. In some ways we are busier with the kids home from school and sports, but in other ways we have a lot more down-time since a lot of us are not working
If you’re anything like me you are feeling anxious from the unknown and tired from the stress. It’s more important now then ever to check in with ourselves each day. It’s vital to not let the mind spiral out of control. We must stay energized and woke so we can be prepared for everyday changes and challenges.
Meditation is simply a shower for the brain. As we are drilled during this time to wash our hands to prevent the spread of the virus, we MUST do the same for our brains. Bad thoughts in the brain spread like a virus, too. Our minds need to be cleaned and rinsed on the daily.
Camila Cabello just posted this amazing post on Instagram about how meditation has helped her!
Camila quotes: "meditation has changed my life in the last few months. I didn’t share this with you guys at the time because honestly I was just trying to be okay, but I was experiencing severe anxiety. it was meditation- it was practicing every single day multiple times a day that has been healing me, and, more than just helping me manage strong emotions like anxiety and stress, it’s making me a better human. not only does it help in times like this with stress and anxiety, meditation is the practice of strengthening habits like empathy, love, and compassion- making you feel more connected to not only everybody around you , but living beings in general like animals, plants, and the earth, which is a living being, itself. In times like these, especially as young people, even if we are healthy, it’s important to practice compassion and help others that could be suffering. We are in this together, let’s not be indifferent to others risk. it’s our responsibility to do whatever it takes to keep everyone safe. Empathy to others’ reality and solidarity could make the difference in hard moments like this. We can’t think that we will be unaffected because we feel young and healthy. we have parents, grandparents, friends, and neighbors, and we don’t want to be a part of the problem when we could be part of the solution. So I’d like you to take 10 minutes of your day today to either look up loving kindness meditation on Calm or YouTube. Or just follow these instructions: close your eyes and sit with your spine upright and feel gravity grounding your body to the earth’s surface and supporting you. Take three deep breaths and then begin to just notice the natural flow of your breath. Being aware of breathing in, breathing out. Following every inhale and exhale with your attention. Once your mind has stilled. Picture every human in the world right now, elders, people that have respiratory problems and are vulnerable, picture the people that are vulnerable, picture their families, and say “May you be healthy. May you be safe. May you be free from illness. May you be well.” Repeat until you really feel it in your heart ❤️- love you guys, please stay safe!"
Here are the basics for meditating:
1. Find a quiet space with no distractions. Turn off your ringer and set an alarm for your desired time. Start small and build from there.
2. Sit in a comfortable position- either on a cushion or pillow on the floor, or in a comfortable chair with both feet flat on the floor. Make sure your seat bones are pressing equally into the floor or chair, and that your spine, heart, and head are lifting upward toward the sky.
3. Close your eyes and bring your awareness to your breathing. Notice your quality of breath: temperature, pace, shallow or deep. Try to balance your inhales and exhales so that they become equal length. It may help you to count- 4 counts in and 4 counts out.
The challenge for 10-Days is to meditate. We will start at just 1-minute a day and build from there up to 5-minutes. At the completion of 10-days, if you've completed everyday, you will receive a $5 online Foxy credit. Plus, any family member that joins you in the challenge will also earn you another $1 per person. So get the entire family involved!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the .pdf (below) to help you track your 10-day meditation challenge, or save the image below and print, or just re-create the graph below on a piece of paper. Once you've completed the challenge you will email it back and receive your Foxy credit!
Here is a 5-minute meditation YouTube video I've created for you!