State of Ease

We certainly live in challenging times, and it is important to learn techniques to calm ourselves when the outer events become overwhelming.  My favorite is a technique called  ‘State of Ease’ developed by Doc Childre, founder of HeartMath.

After practicing, I find it easier to choose less stressful perceptions and to create more of a sense of ease and optimism.  While it does not change what is happening outside,  I find it creates the distance that helps me make more conscious choices.

Here is an abbreviated version of the Inner-Ease technique, for more information you can visit the HeartMath website.

  1. As soon as you notice that you are feeling stressed, acknowledge it by identifying and naming those feelings.
  2. Take a few minutes to do heart-focused breathing: breathe more slowly and deeply than usual, imagine you are breathing through your heart or chest.
  3. Imagine with each breath that you are drawing in a feeling of inner-ease and infusing yourself with balance and love from your heart.
  4. Observe when your stressful feelings have calmed down, feel the changes in your body and your mind and then slowly re-engage in your activities with this new perspective.

We all are faced with challenges beyond our control,  however we can determine our responses.

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