I would like to introduce you to an easy yet effective meditation technique, quite provocatively named, “The Quickie”. No, no, it's not what you think! I first learned about the exercise from one of my favourite teachers, Dr Aviva Romm, and have found it to be a powerful, on-the-go technique that is easy to learn and practice. I've then taken it to the next level by adding acupressure to it, to supercharge this technique for maximum impact.
So, are you ready to learn more?
There are three parts to this exercise. It might seem complicated at first, but it's really very simple. I will break it down into the separate parts first to make it very clear what we are doing and why.
In it's essence, "The Quickie" is a breathing exercise. The foundation to this approach is changing the rhythm of your breath, so that you are breathing in for the count of 4, and out for the count of 6. It's fundamental to this technique that the out-breath is longer than the in-breath, and I’ll explain why in a moment.
The second part of this technique is using an affirmation. Aviva suggests using the affirmation – “I am at peace”, but you could adapt this to a different affirmation that holds special meaning for you. What you'll be doing is silently saying to yourself “I am” with the in-breath, and “at peace” with the outbreath.
The third part is my Chinese Medicine twist! I like to incorporate this with either the acupressure point, “Yin Tang”, and/or CV-17, sometimes called “The Sea of Tranquility”. Either point is wonderful. You can choose either point, whichever feels most comfortable, or you can use both points together.
Yin Tang is located in between your eyebrows, at the third eye point, and is a powerful anti-anxiety, calming and grounding point. There have been some recent clinical studies into the use of this single point in preoperative patients, showing that this point significantly lowered their anxiety levels.
CV-17 is located in the centre of the chest, four finger-widths up from the tip of your sternum, and is said to open up the chest and calm the heart. It is a great emotional balancing point.
CV 17 corresponds to the heart chakra, which represents our ability to open up our heart and love deeply.
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