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Body Awareness Meditation

by Anonymous

One of the best ways I have found to manage my anger is to practice body-awareness meditation. This practice works for me because it distracts me from my anger source, and by the time I have had a moment to calm down, I often find that I am no longer angry.

So many of the times I get upset over things that don’t deserve that amount of energy! By the time I’ve finished my meditation, I no longer am concerned with the issues that do not deserve my time.

The best thing is that you do not have to be a meditation-expert, a Buddhist, or a yoga-guru to practice this technique! Simply find a quiet place where you can lie down or at least sit in peace. Then think about each of your limbs and body parts starting at your toes and working up your legs.

Travel your thoughts up throughout your torso, along your arms, up your neck and face, to the top of your scalp. When you are focusing on a body part, ask yourself “What do I feel here?” Try and direct your entire mind to thinking about that one area of your body. Think about sending your breath to that area and easing any tension found in that specific spot. When that area feels relaxed, travel your energy and thoughts to the next body part.

By the time you have completed this exercise, relaxing each of your body parts, you will find yourself at peace. Take this time to enjoy the sedate state of your body and make it a goal to keep your body at peace regardless of the obstacles your mind may face.

Response from Dr. DeFoore

This is excellent. While it may not work for everyone, it is a good practice for anyone who is inclined toward this type of activity. Meditation is a good practice for overcoming anger and for many other aspects of achieving health and well being. The practice recommended in this article is a form of "mindfulness" practice, that is highly effective.

My very best to you,

Dr. DeFoore

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