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MeditationFeeling Overwhelmed During a Conflict

Feeling Overwhelmed During a Conflict

When emotions run high during a conflict with your kid, sometimes you may feel the urge to yell, storm off, or even scream. This meditation will help you ride out the wave of intense emotion, allowing you to show up as your best self for your family.

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Hi there, it's Sam here. Let's take a few minutes to bring some space and compassion to the big emotions that might be present right now. Let's find a quiet space where you'll be uninterrupted. Notice if you wanna sit or lie down or keep moving as you practice, just letting your intuition guide how you wanna practice today. And if you're sitting or lying down, feel free to close your eyes if it's comfortable. And let's just take a slow deep breath as we get started, feeling the lungs expand and then feeling the lungs deflate, just feeling your breath in your body a few more times. And then see if you can notice any urges that you feel. Maybe there's an urge to run away, to scream or yell, whatever you're noticing, just take a deep breath and allow your urges some space to breathe, just some space to be seen just as they are. And then see if you can notice what these urges feel like in your body. You might notice sensations like tightness, or heat, maybe tingling or pressure, just getting curious and open to what's happening in your body. And then asking your body and your mind, what do you want me to notice? What do you want me to notice? Maybe you can name an emotion that you feel right now. An emotion like anger or disappointment, maybe guilt. There may be many emotions happening all at once so see if you can name a couple and then greet them with compassion as if to say to them, I see you and I'm here. Just connecting with that feeling of care and concern for yourself in the same way you would comfort a good friend. And then take one more slow, deep breath, noticing how you feel now. Maybe some urges have subsided, but maybe they're still present and that's okay. Go ahead and wiggle your fingers and your toes and just notice the space around you as you open your eyes. And as you move on to the next part of your day, see if you can move a little slower staying connected to any feelings of ease or connectedness that you feel right now. Remember that you can witness urges at any time in the day just by pausing to name feelings, notice sensations, and then bring compassion and acceptance to whatever you're feeling. Thank you so much for your practice and I'll see you back here soon....


Duration4 min

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