Day Nineteen

Day 19: Dr Elise Bialylew interviews Shauna Shapiro

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Video Objectives

In this video you’ll learn:

  • The importance of attitude when learning mindfulness and what the key attitude is to ensure a successful, life long practice
  • How mindfulness can help us in parenting
  • How mindfulness can support greater creativity and innovation
  • Why acceptance is so important in mindfulness practice and how it is very different from resignation
About Shauna Shapiro

Mindfulness of the Body

by Shauna Shapiro

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What do you do when you feel too agitated or wired to meditate?

Often when we don't feel like meditating it's because there is an underlying restlessness or agitation and we don't want to be still. Here are a few suggestions on managing this challenge.

1. When we are really agitated sometimes meditation might not be what's called for.

It's good to take a mindful pause and ask yourself "what do I need right now to support me?" It may be that going to the gym or going for a run or walk, is a better way to release that agitated energy. While you move you can practise mindfulness by anchoring your attention to the physical senses or sounds around you. Then meditate at a different time (possibly after you've released some of that energy).

2. When agitation is present, try just doing two minutes of meditation.

What usually happens is that after a few minutes you're reminded that it actually feels good to meditate and you may feel naturally pulled to meditate longer (or not). Either way setting a smaller amount of time helps you get past the initial barrier.

3. Or experiment with doing a longer meditation at these moments.

Sometimes, when this hyped, agitated feeling is present, we actually need a longer meditation to help settle the nervous system.

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