Meditation for Caregivers

While in the midst of caring for a loved one, we can often lose our self. Whether it is the day-to-day of physically caring for our aging loved one, managing care logistics, or keeping up with our own needs, we often continue moving so fast, believing we must finish the ultimately never-ending stream of things to deal with, that we burn ourselves out.

It is imperative that each one of us takes time to care for our self. To quiet and replenish from within so that we have what to give to others. If we do not take the time to take care for our self first, we will have nothing to give to others. Often anxiety that begins in our body gets repeated over and over in our minds, leading to increased stress.

This relaxation visualization is designed to help slow you down, release tension and drift off into a deep rest. The rest need not be long, it is the act of letting go, relaxing your body and quieting your mind that helps heal and replenish. I hope you enjoy this and find it of benefit. The more you listen and practice it, the deeper and easier it will be to drop into relaxation and feel replenished.

Post contributed by Aaron L Cohen, who is trained as a psychotherapist and his work and writings draw upon 20+ years in the counseling profession. With a Masters degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University and training in Bio-Energy and Reflexology, Aaron has worked as a counselor and therapist in schools, healthcare facilities, and privately. His personal practice of Buddhist meditation, mindfulness, and Jewish mystical arts has informed his work with individuals, couples, and families. More meditations and articles on living mindfully can be found at www.aaronlcohen.com.
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