Those who practice meditation are convinced of it’s positive, calming and even life-changing effect, and those who don’t remain curious about the possibility to block out distractions from the mind for long durations of time. It explains why meditation seems more overwhelming than it actually is for beginners.
Mindfulness mediation is a simple mental training technique that involves focusing on your breath, creating visual imagery of the mind, and relaxing the body. STOP is a mindfulness meditation technique that’s easy to practice and integrate into your daily routine. It is an acronym for:
S: Stop what you’re doing and pause the moment.
T: Take a few slow, deep breaths and concentrate on the present moment.
O: Observe what is going on in your body and mind. Notice your body posture, focus on bodily sensations – touch, sound, smell, taste. Focus on the immediate thoughts and emotions flowing through your mind.
P: Proceed with whatever you were doing, or do the things that make you feel good in the present time – a walk, a relaxing break, a hot beverage.
Think about how and when you can create STOP moments in everyday life. Begin with short sessions of 5-10 minutes, eventually training yourself to stop for longer periods.
Stopping occasionally can increase your awareness of what is going on inside you and around you, making you more mindful of situations that create both anxiety or happiness. The more mindful you are, the more you are in control of your mind and body.
Try the Breathe feature in our app. It’s designed to help you stop for the moment, and even set reminders to make stopping a habit.
For a demonstration of STOP, watch this short video by Elisha Goldstein, psychologist, author and founder of The Mindful Living Collective.