Whether you are just beginning to meditate, or looking for ways to connect to mindfulness in the middle of a busy day, it can be helpful to have brief meditations as touchstones. Here are two brief guided meditations. They both focus on awareness of the breath and body sensations, and anchoring attention in the present moment. The 10-minute meditation also explores bringing mindful attention to common symptoms of PD, such as tremor and pain.
These two recordings are from a "Mindful Movement for Parkinson's" workshop in Denver, Colorado on January 17th, 2016. The theme for the workshop was "resting deeply quickly," and we looked at rest from various angles - how to rest from mental stress or exertion; how to adopt restful yet intentional postures lying on the ground, for refreshing breaks during the day; and how to reduce one's effort in movement, letting go of unnecessary muscular work that can cause tiredness over time.
Below are links to four audio recordings, comprising a complete three-hour workshop on "Mindful Movement for Parkinson's" done at "A Living Arts Centre" in Denver, Colorado on October 25th, 2015.
The recordings are given in the order in which we did them, starting with the "Opening meditation" and ending with the "Mindfulness body scan."
The lessons build on each other thematically, and you may hear me make reference to a prior lesson from time to time, but they are also intended to stand alone.
Apologies for occasional microphone static - I was using a new microphone and didn't realize how much sound it would pick up from my clothing!
In this 13-minute meditation, we use breath and posture to settle in the body, then explore the embodied feeling of compassion or connectedness to others and to ourselves.
In this guided meditation, we focus on attention to breathing in the present moment - in the low belly, around the solar plexus, and in the upper chest, ultimately seeking spaciousness from the pelvic floor through the crown of the head. We also look at ways of approaching thoughts and sensations - including pain - during meditation. This meditation was taught to people sitting in chairs, but it can also be done sitting on a cushion on the floor.
In this 18-minute guided meditation, we develop a non-interfering, present state of mind, we explore awareness of the breath in different parts of the body, and we use the breath to lengthen the spine. Can be done sitting in a chair or on a cushion.
This is a ten-minute guided meditation, focusing on expanding the breath, deepening body awareness, and using non-judgmental attention on the present moment. Can be done sitting in a chair or on a cushion.