Meditations for Stress

May 12, 2009

I recently had an email from someone under a great deal of stress asking which meditations to use to keep stress from making him sick and out of balance. Although anything that’s relaxing will help relieve stress, I recommended the following podcast episodes in particular:

  • Mini Relaxation Break
  • Breath Awareness
  • Simply Being
  • Effortless Meditation
  • Deep Rest
  • Letting Go

I recommended these particular meditations because they don’t have a specific focus or ask you to be active in any way. My sense is that they would allow for the deepest rest and therefore the most release of tension. When we are deeply relaxed, our body chemistry and muscles switch gears from the flight or fight response into a more relaxed style of functioning. The energy of the body can then go to work to release tension and recuperate.

Ultimately, though, I encourage you to try the various episodes for yourself. Try the ones whose titles and descriptions appeal most to you. That way you can see the effects of the various meditations. It just might be that a focused meditation would be most helpful with some specific types of stress. If you are grieving, for example, the Grief Meditation might be most useful.

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5 Responses to “Meditations for Stress”

  1. magsmadison on May 12th, 2009 5:23 pm

    I love using the podcasts as a menu of sorts to choose what will benefit me at the moment.

  2. Kathryn on May 13th, 2009 5:21 pm

    The selections from Meditation Oasis address my concerns – and those of friends, too. I keep a “guided meditation” playlist so I can create a meditation du jour (du heure?) in seconds – usually the vital seconds between sanity and losing it entirely.!

  3. Mary on May 13th, 2009 6:09 pm

    Glad the meditations are working for you, magsmadison and Kathryn. A meditation playlist is a great idea!

  4. grimmarketer on July 24th, 2009 3:15 pm

    Always great to see other people who explore within. I came across a pretty cool site that talks about binaural beats. Basically, it takes the Mozart effect up a notch. Pretty long explanation that can be found on my lens (blog).

  5. Mary on July 25th, 2009 8:57 am

    Interesting to read about the Mozart effect, grimmarketer. I’ve never gotten involved with binaural beats since I’ve always preferred to do everything “naturally”. I discovered early on that a meditative state and all the benefits of meditation can be achieved without binaural beats and so on. But that’s just my personal preference — obviously a lot of other people find that approach worthwhile. Thanks for commenting.

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