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Meditation is simple, and powerful. It can calm our nervous system, lower blood pressure, decrease pain, decrease frequency and intensity of asthma attacks, boost mood, lower anxiety, and actually improve our brain chemistry.

However, meditation can be challenging for those of us with ACEs, which is why it’s important to practice it in a way that feels comfortable for you. We recommend starting with these short, trauma sensitive meditations (they’re great for beginners!). Give them a try, and find more from our friends at Yoga Ed.

Release and Relaxation (2 minutes)

The video is in English, but Spanish subtitles can be turned on.

Check-in and Relaxation (3 minutes)

The video is in English, but Spanish subtitles can be turned on.

If at any time you feel too anxious or triggered, take a moment to get to a better place. And please don’t feel badly about doing so. This is an exercise for your wellbeing – not someone else’s – and part of that is recognizing where your limits are at any given time.

Here are a few ways to get grounded if you need to:

  • Use your senses to notice the space around you while taking slow and steady breaths
  • Change your position – you could sit up or stand up or walk around
  • Tap here for more simple actions you can take to Get Grounded