The four tapes in this series offer guided meditation exercises created to help you cope more effectively with the inevitable stresses of everyday life. In addition, the tapes present techniques and approaches that can support and increase a sense of present-day mastery and competence. Some of the tapes pose questions that invite you to connect with resources and capacities in yourself that contain fears, talents, blocks, and wishes that you need to bring into a more ongoing sense of conscious awareness. This allows you to experience greater psychological wholeness and well-being. At the same time, other meditations and exercises emphasize how to recenter yourself when you are triggered into overreactive or overwhelming responses. The tapes emphasize the innate capacity in you for developing a state of mind characterized by equanimity and a sense of curiosity, and for effectively recentering yourself when life presents you with challenges. Learning to live "mindfully"-in the present moment with full awareness-offers an opportunity for you to learn how to move through feelings, thoughts, sensations, and impulses in new ways. . .with increased internal equilibrium and resilience. This can help you discover how living mindfully brings each moment alive in a new and vibrant way. You can also connect with your optimal future self and have an opportunity to discover how you will think, feel, and respond when you have achieved the goals you seek.
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Nancy J. Napier, M.F.C.C., is a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist in private practice in New York City. Author of Sacred Practices for Conscious Living; Recreating Your Self: Increasing Self-Esteem Through Imaging and Self-Hypnosis; and, Getting Through the Day: Strategies for Adults Hurt as Children, Nancy also conducts workshops around the country for both professional and public audiences. Titles of her workshops include: "Living with Intention;" "Accessing the Future Self for Growth and Change;" "Shadowboxing: Reclaiming the Disowned Self;" "Mindfulness Practices for Self-Care," and more. She may be contacted by writing to her at Post Office Box 153, New York, NY 10024.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
On tape 1, learn a basic mindfulness meditation that increases internal equilibrium and ease. Develop a state of mind that meets life's challenges with curiosity, comfort, and good humor. Tape 2 allows you to follow in the footsteps of your optimal future self to achieve outcomes you seek. Have a "dress rehearsal" for how it feels to have arrived at your goals. Tape 3 offers a journey to identify and embrace disowned parts of yourself to increased a sense of wholeness, openness, and safety. Increase acceptance and tolerance of yourself and others as you discover untapped talents. On tape 4, you can learn to recenter yourself more quickly and effectively in the face of life's challenges. Living in the middle ground offers a richer experience than is available in e extremes of numbness or overreactivity.
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