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3 guidelines for practicing one of the most common types of meditation

Centering Meditation Introduction

The purpose of the Centering Meditation is to help you quiet your mind and experience your center. In reality it will only point you to who you already are an essence already centered, already at peace. It will also help you to recognize the natural state of a centered mind throughout the day allowing you to focus and feel vital. This is one of the most common types of meditation. You are developing your ability to quiet your mind, an essential resource for healing, transformation, and manifesting.

Centering Meditation Guidelines

1) Posture – make sure your posture is comfortable. You may sit on a cushion, in a chair or lie on the floor. What is most important is that your spine is comfortably aligned.

2) Diaphragmatic breathing, also known as belly breathing, is one of the fastest ways to instill relaxation. It fills your body with healing oxygen, stimulates the body’s natural relaxation response and soothes muscle tension. Breathe so that your abdomen expands as you inhale and gently contracts as you exhale.

3) Centered mind When you are calm on the inside your life tends to be calm on the outside. Combining good posture with relaxed breathing and a centered mind allows for the opportunity of feeling calm on the inside. As you quiet your mind throughout the centering meditation you strengthen your ability to access a sense of peace and tranquility in many life circumstances.

Coaching and Counseling

Hilary Stokes Ph.D. and Kim Ward Ph.D. have been a team for 20 years, specializing in mind, body, spirit psychology. They are the authors of the bestselling books The Happy Map: Your roadmap to the habit of happiness and Manifesting Mindset: The 6-step formula for attracting your goals and dreams and founders of Authenticity Associates Coaching and Counseling. They are passionate about combining the best of holistic and traditional approaches to health and happiness. If you are interested in learning the answers to the most frequently asked questions on how to decrease stress and increase happiness sign up for their free video series.

About the Authors

Hilary Stokes Phd

Dr. Hilary Stokes is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in San Diego, California. Dr. Hilary received her PhD in psychology with a specialty in transpersonal psychology from San Diego University for Integrative Studies, a master’s degree in social work from San Diego State University and a master’s degree in Sport Psychology from San Jose State University. In addition to her ….

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Kim Ward Phd

Dr. Kim Ward received her PhD in psychology with a specialty in transpersonal psychology from San Diego University for Integrative Studies. She also holds a master’s degree in transpersonal psychology from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, California. Dr. Kim is a certified trauma-informed coach and life coach in private practice in San Diego, California. In…

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