It's common knowledge and well-supported by research:
Meditation has innumerable benefits for our mental & physical wellbeing.
The app I recommend most to my clients is the Calm app. Kaiser members can enjoy a nice benefit: a free year of Calm Premium.
To access this benefit, simply visit this link, click "Try Calm", sign in to your Kaiser account when prompted, and you're in!
Purr... a soothing twist on white noise
A quick tip for stressful times...
Do you use white noise or nature sounds to help you sleep, focus, or self-soothe?
Are you a cat lover?
Then you might enjoy PURRLI - the "white noise purr generator." :)
It's free here! https://purrli.com/
At first, I was just intrigued by the cute idea, and I thought my neurotic cat might benefit from it. But when I listened through my earbuds, I was struck by how instantly soothed I felt! It was visceral, really.
It makes sense. Purring is understood as both a way for cats to self-soothe, and an attachment behavior that conveys pleasure and comfort in the presence of another.
Some PURRLI users report relief from anxiety and panic attacks. Others use it to sleep, or to help them cope with grief after losing a beloved pet.
I know it can be challenging to develop new habits and health practices, but if you are curious about how meditation can benefit you, I'm here to encourage you to go ahead and check it out! It's more accessible than ever, and doesn't require a huge time commitment.
Let's talk about what mindfulness and meditation have to do with your mental health.
A lot! Our brains are neurologically prone to engaging in processes that can cause or exacerbate suffering, and the regular practice of mindfulness and meditation can mediate these effects so that we grow wiser and more peaceful over time.
Meditation can help you...
Try my 9-minute guided audio version of this tree meditation here.
Tree Visualization Exercise
Close your eyes. Breathe deeply in through your nose, and exhale through your mouth, focusing on the sound of your breath and the bodily sensations of breathing. Stay with it. Use your breathing to focus you and help you slow down your body’s internal activity.
Maysie Tift is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified Master Hypnotist with offices in San Rafael, CA and San Francisco, CA.