Yoga: Guided Meditation: Relaxation, Observation and Non-attachmentby Lisa Diers, R.D., L.D., E-R.Y.T.
Autumn is my favorite time of the year. It reminds me to take time to sit back and reflect on the prior months of the year and how I want to move forward in life. It also reminds me to practice acceptance of change, uncertainty and non-attachment.
Please enjoy one of my favorite guided meditations. This meditation creates an opportunity to practice noticing the fluctuations of the mind -- the choice you have in observing, without attachment, to thoughts that don't serve you. Remember, they are thoughts and they only have as much power as you give them.
So, I invite you to connect with the curious observer within you, practice sitting back and watching thoughts and emotions float on by.
And remember, just as you may, for example, train a new puppy how to stay on course while on a walk, you can do the same with the thoughts in your mind. Gently encouraging your focus to come back to the guided meditation (leaves in this case), your breath, or a mantra when your mind begins to wander. It's a practice.
About the Author
Lisa is The Emily Program's Director of Nutrition and Yoga Services. Lisa oversees the national operations of both nutrition and yoga departments, which includes the direction and oversite of the clinical practices for 65+ nutrition staff and 20+ yoga instructors. She has over 10 years of eating disorder specific experience in yoga instruction, clinical nutrition counseling and program development. Lisa draws from her deep knowledge base of nutrition, yoga, body image and eating disorder treatment to meet clients' physical and emotional needs. She develops and conducts national eating disorder and body image sensitive yoga trainings and is also a regular blogger on nutrition, yoga and body image; a published author (articles, book chapters and published research); and continues to conduct research to better understand the role of yoga and nutrition in eating disorder recovery.