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Feeling Overwhelmed SOS

Give yourself a little space when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

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So no matter what it is that's left you feeling overwhelmed right now, just take a moment for yourself to pause, undisturbed. Just begin by taking a big, deep breath. Breathing in through the nose. Noticing how the body expands as it fills with air. And as you breath out through the mouth, just gently closing the eyes. Just allowing the breath to return to its own natural rhythm. And we're just gonna to imagine that all that thinking, all the sensations, the emotion, physical tension in the body, it's just going to begin to melt away. I'd like you to imagine a steady stream of warm sunshine flowing down through the head into the body. It's as though as it travels into the body, it just dissolves any of that thinking, any of that feeling. Just refreshing the body and leaving you feeling a little more relaxed and at ease. And that sunshine, we're just going to watch as it begins to fill the body and the toes through the feet into the lower half of the legs. Again, just melting away any discomfort. You begin to let go of those thoughts. It moves into the upper half of the legs. That sunshine, bringing a sense of warmth, of ease, of space into the body. Continuing up through the stomach and the lower back. All the way up into the chest and the upper back and the shoulders. And just allowing your thoughts to come and go. Just watching as that sunshine, that sunlight fills every part of the body as it travels down the arms, into the hands and the fingers. And as it continues to flow down, now filling up through the neck and the throat, into the head and the face. Every single last part of the body. Just feeling more spacious, more at ease. That sense of warmth, of sunlight, just dissolving any feelings of discomfort or of being overwhelmed. And just allowing that feeling to remain. Just bringing the attention back to the body, back to that feeling of contact and wake. Your awareness coming back to the space around you. And then, when you're ready, just gently opening the eyes again....


Duration3-4 min

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