Over the past eight weeks I have participated in many practices intended to foster development of the mind, body, and spirit. From units two through seven there were the "Journey On", "Crime of the Century", "Loving-Kindness", the "Subtle Mind", "Universal Loving-Kindness" and then "Meeting Aesclepius" exercises. If I had to choose two of these practices as favorites I would start out with the "Journey On" activity in unit two and then it's a toss up between the "Universal Loving-Kindness" and "Meeting Aesclepius" activities of recent study.
The "Journey On" activity is certainly a favorite because it was my first experience with both guided meditation and visualization. I had practiced meditation prior to this, but found the guided experience to be remarkable as it took me to a whole other level than I previously experienced. While this practice left me feeling very relaxed and happy, the most impressive benefit was that the neck pain I had feeling for weeks before hand suddenly disappeared. I can see myself definitely using this guided activity, or similar ones that focus on directing the blood flow through the body, again when I have issues with muscular tension or pain.
For the sake of the assignment I am going to go with the "Universal Loving-Kindness" activity as my second favorite. There are several reasons I enjoyed this activity...first of all it was rather short so it is easier to fit into a hectic day, and also because it seemed really beneficial in reframing a negative mind. My favorite part of the meditation was stating the words "may I assist..." and how inspiring it was to say these phrases out loud. As an aspiring wellness coach I can see myself practicing this activity regularly to help motivate me in the pursuit of my career goals.