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When we find ourselves triggered, reactive or caught up in emotions, S.T.O.P. can help bring us home to a full mindfulness by directing our attention in a clear, systematic way.
Note: If stress has become chronic or overwhelming, it may be helpful to have guidance from a teacher. Join us for our next Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course starting in March to learn S.T.O.P. and a lot more about how to work with stress. More information.
These are four key steps:
T Take a breath
O Observe with an Intimate attention
What’s here now?
Where are you noticing it in your body?
What are you feeling in your body at the level of physical sensation?
If there is a persistent thought or emotion, where do you notice it in the body?
What about this is most calling your attention?
Does it move or change over time?
Is there variation as you breathe in and as you breathe out?
The result of doing STOP when triggered:
Observing your experience with intimate attention begins to create a space that softens the harsh edges. Your entire being is not so rallied in resistance.
You may experience:
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