“Surviving is important.”  

“Thriving is elegant.” 

   ~Maya Angelou




Arianna’s Routine:

1. Choose a reasonably quiet place to begin your practice, and select a time when you will not be interrupted.
2. Relax your body. If you would like to close your eyes, do so. Allow yourself to take deep, calming breaths, gently noticing the rhythm of your inhalation and exhalation.
3. Let breaths come fully and slowly, bring your attention to the air coming in your nostrils, filling up your abdomen and then releasing. Gently and without effort, observe your breath flowing in and out.
4. When thoughts come in, simply observe them and gently nudge your attention back to the breath. Meditation is not about stopping thoughts, but recognizing that we are more than our thoughts and our feelings. You can imagine the thoughts as clouds passing through the sky. If you find yourself judging your thoughts or feelings, simply bring yourself back to the awareness of the breath.
5. Try reciting a sacred word or phrase (sometimes called a “mantra”) to help bring your awareness back to the breath. Examples include “om,” “hu,” “peace,” “thank you,” “grace,” “love,” and “calm.” You can think of that word each time you inhale, or use it as your reminder word if your mind starts to wander. You can also use an image or visualization to bring you back to your center. This could be waves on a beach, a still pool, or images of clouds floating by.
6. It is really important not to make your meditation practice one more thing you stress about. In fact, reducing stress is one of the major benefits of meditation together with increased intuition, creativity, compassion and peace.

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