Meditative Life Coaching is a system of learning, practicing and applying a broad range of meditation techniques, appropriate ways to relieve stress and specific healing meditations in order to improve the overall quality of your life. The various techniques reflect and borrow from Buddhist, Sufi, Taoist, and Western psychological traditions. I have seen these meditation practices and stress management techniques succeed, in myself and others; they work! With a little training and practice, any and all of these approaches I teach can be learned and utilized in your everyday life.
Suffering from such challenges as stress, depression, anxiety, fear, loneliness and a host of other emotional and physical ailments is widespread enough to be considered normal in our world and there are many treatment modalities including psychotherapy, medication, physical therapy, etc. The system that I teach is in harmony with all of these treatment forms And the meditative approach smoothly compliments any religious belief or philosophical stance. This practice will support and enhance the ways in which you take care of yourself currently.
During the 4-week introductory classes, you will have a chance to sample and practice at least 8 techniques. Over this period, with practice during the week, you will have the chance to decide which of the practices work best for you. After these 5 sessions, you may choose to practice on your own. You may also opt to enroll in a follow-up class that focuses on deepening your understanding of and proficiency in the technique of your choice. Most students find it easier to start off with group work and appreciate the power and ease that are a result of group synergy.
You may also choose to work in a one-one-setting. Some challenges are too personal to share openly in the group setting, or you may want to work more deeply on the technique or issue. Your schedule might also limit your availability to attend the group sessions. Private sessions can meet these needs. Private sessions may eventually evolve into a mentoring relationship as you gain more mastery with your techniques and look for more of a supportive hand in your life’s journey.
Coping With Anxiety: A ‘Meditative Life Coaching‘ Approach
Coping with anxiety can be accomplished by applying easily learned techniques. Some of these techniques that I teach are: mindfulness practices, Heart Rhythm Meditation, Metta meditation, full breathing, sitting Tai Chi, progressive relaxation, as well as others. These practices are both Eastern and Western and I’ve had the great privilege of working with them for over 30 years. It’s a wonderful feeling to go from being overwhelmed by anxiety to know that you have numerous ways to easily and dramatically lower your anxiety. All of these techniques are part of my meditative life coaching program.
Anxiety comes in many shapes and forms. Anxiety can be sharp and quickly passing or it can last for hours, days, months or, in the chronic type, for many years.
Some anxiety is easily understood and dealt with, but most of the time it’s a difficult experience to understand and to cope with. Some of the forms that anxiety takes are panic attacks, post traumatic stress, phobias, agoraphobia, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. But whatever we call it, we all know the pain and discomfort of feeling anxiety. The techniques that I teach you for coping with anxiety can stand on their own, but also can be a compliment to your medical treatments, religious practices, psychotherapy, life philosophy, yoga, etc.
Most of these techniques for anxiety help can be learned in a short period of time. But even more importantly you can use most of these techniques in real, everyday life situations , where we really need the most help coping with anxiety. You can apply these tools as the need arises. You can also deepen the effects by practicing these relaxation techniques for anxiety in private and at your own pace. The wonderful thing is that they all work! It’s mostly a matter of choosing which of these techniques works best for you as an individual. After a little practice, feedback and refining skills you will easily be able to know which of the techniques are effective in different situations.
Usually we’re at a loss of what to do when we feel anxiety; we aren’t taught coping with anxiety skills at school. But if you pick up a few of these techniques you will have a tool box of anxiety relief skills that you can apply to a lot of different situations. Let me give you an example.
One of the first techniques (skills) that students learn is Sitting Tai Chi, or the Root of Tai Chi. In this practice, which is done sitting upright in a chair, you pay attention only to the exhalation. As you exhale you relax all the way down to the seat. This is a natural breath which comes effortlessly while sitting. With each exhalation you feel a wave of “letting go”, focusing only on the downward flow of the relaxing wave as you follow it with your attention all the way down to your seat. The inhalation takes care of itself and you refocus for the next inhalation. That’s it; simple yet effective natural anxiety relief!
A few minutes of this practice and you begin to enjoy a feeling of relaxation. This feeling is usually accompanied by lowered blood pressure, slower brain waves (which equal a more peaceful state of mind) and a slower heart rate. Some of my students are very surprised at how quickly their previous high blood pressure has significantly lowered when they check in with their physician.
One particular student had a dentist appointment a few weeks after learning Sitting Tai Chi. The dentist visits have always been highly stressful for her (as they are for most of us!) and she had a long treatment in the dentist’s chair this time. During the treatment she decided to try applying this technique and was really surprised to experience how fast and effective it was. She recalled walking out of the office in a relaxed state, the first time after a dentist’s visit!
These are just a few examples of how meditative techniques can help in coping with anxiety. Some of the other perks are: the results become more powerful over time as you continue to practice; once you learn the technique, there’s no paying over and over for it; as you continue to practice, the effects of the techniques kick in faster to relieve stress and anxiety faster; and, when you practice regularly at home, the effects last longer into your day. These meditative techniques are amongst the easiest and simplest relaxation techniques for anxiety you can learn, and they will surely help you in coping with anxiety.