Dr. Levy's CBT Blog
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The benefits of meditation are well documented by scientists and lay people alike and are probably even greater in crisis times such as in the COVID pandemic. Meditation is the practice of mindfulness, i.e., being in the present moment, not worrying about the future or obsessing about the past. If you can get yourself into a regular meditation practice, hooray! You'll accrue many long-term benefits from it.
Yet, many of us can't get into that truly meditative state: legs crossed, thumb and index fingers touching, peace and quiet for a good 20 minutes. But fear not, there are many good alternatives to the traditional take on the mediation practice. For example, there is walking meditation, where we walk mindfully, and meditative movement such as Qi Qong, among many others.
One of my favorite new discoveries is the practice of mindfulness (present moment awareness) by focusing on jelly fish. If, like most of us, you don't own a jelly fish, fear not. The nice folks at the Monterrey Bay Aquarium kindly provide us with a "jelly cam" that captures the real-time movement of the thousands of jelly fish in their tanks. Stop and watch the fish. Just pay attention to the fish, notice the colors, the movement, the subtle differences among them. And if your mind starts wandering, as minds often do, just bring your attention back to the jelly fish...and stay with them for as long as you can!
Dr. Daniele Levy is a licensed psychologist offering CBT via Teletherapy from Menlo Park, CA. Her background uniquely combines leading edge training in behavioral sciences with deep expertise coaching and mentoring working professionals in dynamic organizations.