MEDITATION: 3 MINUTES TO DE-STRESS

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“ THEY” Don’t Use The Word Because It’s Not P.C.

A recent NCIS episode had the main character trying to find a murderer (that’s the plotline every week). The suspect was hiding in a PTSD group that was practicing meditation as part of their therapy. The Commanding Officer corrected the main character for his use of the term meditation. The Commander said,” This is the Navy, we use the term Mindfulness”. This is now the mainstream term. Congressmen are writing books about Mindfulness like it’s new. It, of course, is not.

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At the start of this school year, I team-taught as a substitute in a large High School, where the teacher had a unit and lesson on the practice of Mindfulness. The school district had just had training for this excellent quality teacher on how to teach mindfulness to her students. One of the purposes was to help prevent teen suicide. The lesson seemed well received.

The mindfulness term seems to be a P.C. attempt to avoid any religious or spiritual overlap from meditations’ origin. I am not a fan of P.C. terms, but PTSD de-stressing and preventing teen suicide are admirable goals. The goals allow me to accept another P.C. term into my vocabulary.

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Every healthy aging program includes a statement about reducing stress. That sounds right, but personally, I run to the extremes. I have caustic days. I must get relief and fast on those days. Here are my quick tips and practices for immediate stress relief.

  1. H.A.L.T.- hungry, angry, lonely, tired. I check in with me to see if I am any or some of these things. I try to fix that first.
  2. BREATH- often the most important things in life are the simplest. What is more basic and more important than breathing?  I follow my breath for a while.
  3. PRAY and MEDITATE- a daily practice so that my connection and skills are always available.
  4. BE GRATEFUL- practice gratitude to remove stress by naming 5 things you are grateful for in 30 seconds.

The whole process can clean me up and turn me around in minutes. The Higher Power has created people in his image. You and I have the power to transcend any situation.

If you are new to this and need a starting point, check out a podcast at https://www.livestrong.com/article/13708902-how-to-calm-down-in-under-3-minutes.

Be Healthy,

Dave

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