Inner Inmate Mindfulness, Wisdumb and such
- Practical coping skills to improve your ability to handle stressful situations
- Methods for being physically and mentally relaxed and at ease
- Gentle full body conditioning exercises to strengthen your body and release muscular tension
- To become increasingly aware of the interplay of mind and body in health and illness
- To face change and difficult times in your life with greater ease
from Emma Seppala's website, http://www.emmaseppala.com/
- Physical – because many Mindfulness Based Programs include yoga and other movement practices, as mild and simple as they may be, care is advised if a pose or movement does not feel right or causes discomfort or pain. Participants are encouraged to practice self-care at all times and advised to back off, modify, or skip anything that is causing discomfort.
- Emotional – negative and unpleasant emotions could seem or become stronger as practice develops. Hence, screening all potential attendees for a history of trauma, abuse, significant recent loss or major life changes, substance use disorders (addiction), untreated psychosis, acute depression, suicidality, PTSD, and Social Anxiety
- Time – finding time for the daily practices can be a significant challenge, although setting aside time for practice increases a sense of spaciousness in the rest of the day for many
- Social - requesting assistance from family, friends and/or co-workers to come to class on a weekly basis and to allow private time for the daily practices can be challenging, cause resentments and negatively impact these relationships; however, with practice, participants may find that their relationships change as attention deepens and as empathy and compassion are cultivated and new behaviors evolve.
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- Meditation can make you more emotional. Meditation can also release suppressed emotions, participants may or may not want to address these; or are should not address these without professional help.
- It is possible to develop the habit of repressing thoughts and emotions from meditating if you push unpleasant thoughts and emotions away in order to maintain concentration. Meditation can cause changes that can interfere with career and relationships; usually temporary but sometimes long lasting especially after long time practicing.
- Meditation can change one’s world-view which can be disconcerting and leaving one facing a completely new reality that is unfamiliar.
- Long sessions of meditation can cause temporary forgetfulness. This is a natural consequence of calming the mind. When the effects of meditation wear off, normal memory function will return.
- Longer sitting meditations can cause pains and injuries to the joints of the leg and spine.
- After meditating regularly, some people report having psychic experiences such as improved intuition, synchronicities, and seeing spirits. These can be quite positive, but at times can be disturbing.
- Some people might find some forms of meditation to be "addicting," rarely to the point of ignoring one’s responsibilities.