Welcome back and thank you for joining me for our fourth session.
As you begin to make yourself comfortable either lying down or sitting I wonder if you can remember how relaxed you felt in the last meditation session letting go of all tension becoming aware and being in control of your own ability to relax completely and deeply.
Allowing the tension to flow away from you as every muscle relaxes every fiber relaxes and your mind relaxes too.
Take a few deep conscious breaths and allow that lovely feeling of relaxation to sweep over your body and into your mind breathe in and fill your stomach like a balloon and then exhale and allow it to deflate.
Breathe in…1…2…3…4 breathe out…1…2…3…4…5
Just letting go and drifting off as you guide your awareness down to that beautiful heaviness in your arms…legs…face your whole body as you discover how easy it can be how pleasant to allow those feelings to continue.
To deepen even more.
Deeper and deeper levels of relaxation as you breathe slowly and steadily expanding your stomach and exhaling completely.
And you realize that you have the ability to relax to let go completely and to be totally unconcerned nothing concerns you nothing bothers you as you continue to relax to go deeper and deeper into deeper levels of relaxation.
And drifting down into that place inside where all is still quiet and peaceful.
Where there is only the sound of my voice and the wisdom that is yours.
You’re aware now more than ever before of that inner part of you deep inside your mind where the truth lies every tool every resource that you require to be the best version of you.
Now you start to use that power to help you tackle all of life’s problems knowing deep within there you already have the answer the solution.
Continue to enjoy that beautiful relaxed feeling while you listen to the sound of my voice as it drifts with you.
Today, let’s consider what happens in the brain when we are anxious.
And in order to do that we will go back way back in time to very first women and men that inhabited this earth.
Evolution had a way to reward early man and early woman they were rewarded when they went out to hunt and gather they were rewarded when they supported their families and their communities and when they were social – because they knew that they were more likely to survive if they were in groups than if they were alone.
This reward I am talking about is a chemical response in the brain it allows us to cope with life and even physical pain and fear to feel motivated and joyful yes, when we are carrying out important evolutionary tasks we are rewarded with serotonin and dopamine – when we have a constant flow of those chemicals we are nice, happy and coping!
Most of us don’t have to go out to hunt and gather but we feel good when we are active in a positive way, interact in a positive way and think in a positive way and our brain produces a lovely flow of serotonin.
When we aren’t operating in that way when we are anxious we are producing too many stress hormones and it throws our whole system out of balance.
But through training our mind to think more positively and learning how to relax through breathing, physical exercise and positive social interaction we can regain our lives regain our happiness and take back control.
Now bring your awareness back to your breathing breathe naturally and notice the air flowing in and out of your body.
In each session of this series we will practice to release tension in our body through bringing our awareness to each body part and using the breath to relax more and more.
The more you practice the easier it will become to notice tension in the body and to let it go.
So take one more deep inhalation and exhale completely continue to breathe naturally calmly.
So let’s begin.
Let’s bring our attention to the top of the head think about all those little muscles of the scalp and just allow them to let go and relax.
Now all the muscles of the face your forehead…your eyelids…the space between your eyebrows…temples…eyelids the cheeks…mouth…and jaw muscles.
Unclenching your teeth and relaxing your tongue the more you physically relax the more you can mentally relax.
Moving your awareness to your neck and shoulder muscles letting all the tension drain away as you move your awareness down through your arms and all the way down to the very tips of your fingers and tips of your thumbs.
Bring your awareness to your chest and let any tension simply drain away.
Think on down to your stomach and how it rises and falls with every deep slow breath you take you notice how you’re breathing even more steadily and slowly as you relax more and more.
Now your back the upper, middle and lower back allowing all the muscles along your spine to relax and let go.
Bring your awareness to your hips and pelvic area take a deep inhalation and gently move the fresh clean breath to your hips as you exhale deeply and completely all the tension flows away.
Now moving your awareness all the down through your thighs, knees, lower legs and all the way down to your feet until your reach the very tips of your toes.
All the muscles of your body are now so beautifully relaxed so relaxed and easy.
And as you know when our body is relaxed our mind is relaxed too.
And I wonder if you can enjoy allowing this pleasant and comfortable experience of heaviness in the whole body to continue.
Let’s take a last deep inhalation and exhale completely.
Continue to enjoy each breath.
You unlearn fear by learning to be positive and realizing that the only thing that can hurt you is fear itself No longer do you accept fear or negativity you only allow good thoughts and positive feelings to grow.
You do this easily now because you are in control.
And you will continue to reap the benefits of this meditation in the next minutes…hours…days.
So I will count from 3 down to 0 and you will come back to the room relaxed and at ease.
”You’re aware now, more than ever before, of that inner part of you, deep inside your mind where the truth lies every tool, every resource that you require to be the best version of you.