Meditation for Allowing a Broader Perspective

About This Tool

This meditation includes a guided visualization and mantra inspired by one of my first teachers on Buddhism and mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh, and his quote:  “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky.  Conscious breathing is my anchor.”   In this meditation, you will be guided to take a step back from our usual mind chatter in order to gain a broader vantage point from which we can see our lives more objectively… releasing old thoughts and feelings and allowing a fresh perspective. 

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Why It Works

A.Zaccaro, et al. (2018).  How Breath-Control Can Change Your Life: A Systematic Review on Psycho-Physiological Correlates of Slow.  Front Hum Neurosci. 2018; 12: 353.  Published online 2018 Sep 7. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2018.00353.

Tang, Y., Hölzel, B. & Posner, M. The neuroscience of mindfulness meditation. Nat Rev Neurosci 16, 213–225 (2015).

Desbordes G, Negi LT, Pace TWW, Wallace BA, Raison CL and Schwartz EL (2012) Effects of mindful-attention and compassion meditation training on amygdala response to emotional stimuli in an ordinary, non-meditative state. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 6:292. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2012.00292

Indrani Margolin PhD, Joanna Pierce MSW & Aislinn Wiley MSW (Cand.) (2011) Wellness Through a Creative Lens: Meditation and Visualization, Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought, 30:3, 234-252, DOI: 10.1080/15426432.2011.587385.

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