I often talk about reducing stimulation to our autonomic nervous system. When our nervous system isn’t overloaded, it’s able to dodge zingers. There are so many ways to do this (fitness, drinking water, talking to someone you love) but the strongest way is through meditation.
People ask me what I use for meditation since one of the treatment styles I use is ACT, which has a large meditation/mindfulness component. Here are some of my faves.
And here are some downloads you can have ready to go on your phone, ipod, computer, etc.
Dr. Kristin Neff
Self-Compassion Guided Meditations and Exercises
Dr. Russ Harris
Russ Harris recorded one of the most popular defusion/mindfulness exercises in ACT: “leaves on a stream.”
He made a second exercise: “hearing your thoughts.”
I hope you find these helpful. Meditation changed my life. And it’s not easy. Using guided meditation to lead the way is the easiest and fun way to get it in IMO. There are no awards for how well you meditate – K? 😉