Laura S. Kastner, Ph.D., author of Wise-Minded Parenting
OWL (Offer of Wise-Minded Learning): Compassion Meditation
Practice self-love with this simple technique
It’s been proven that meditation and mindfulness make your mind and body healthier in many ways. For the parents of teenagers, a little meditation can bring welcome calm and perspective. Ready to try a baby step? Suspend judgments and try the simplest compassion meditation around, called the “Loving kindness meditation.” (If you are ready for the big time, go online and download a free recording). Find a comfortable position and take some big, deep breaths to ready yourself. First exhale completely, pushing your belly out as much as possible. Then, as deeply and slowly as you can, inhale and say to yourself silently “Innnnnn” and then exhale, and say “outtttt…” Do this 5 times. Then say to yourself:
May I be happy. May I be healthy. May I be peaceful. May I be safe.