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What did you notice about your physical experience during the Soft Belly Meditation? What was it like for you to have a point of focus be the soft belly? How would you evaluate the effectiveness of this meditation to enhance acceptance of feelings and sensations in the moment?
I think the focus on deeper breathing is helpful. I find having hands on chest and belly helps you be more aware. Many people do not breath effectively day to day, and even more so when stressed. It enhances mindfulness overall and helps being more attuned to the physical changes during meditation.
What did you notice about your physical experience during the Acceptance Exercise? What was it like for you to have the point of focus be the phrase, “May I accept myself completely as I am right now?” How would you evaluate the effectiveness of this mindfulness exercise to enhance acceptance of self in the moment?
Positive self affirmations are always helpful, whether us or clients. I have said in many trainings, the line between ‘us’ and ‘them’ is not very wide..:). I think that phrase is a moving target as well. It is a good phrase to keep handy.
How would you envision adapting and integrating the Soft Belly Meditation and/or the Acceptance Exercise into your clinical work with others, particularly people with addictions? Be specific.
When talking about cravings and how to work through them: I would use either meditation and maybe a slight nod to the breathing meditation. Give either as homework to practice at home, the acceptance exercise I think of as more of an advanced meditation skill compared to the soft belly breathing. I have used that one more so in IOP groups.