Meditation is an exercise of the mind. There are many types of meditation. Peter and I have found several types to be helpful means to work on emotional regulation.
The first type we tried and still use regularly is the Rosary. We contemplate the main events (called “mysteries”) in the life of Christ and his mother, Mary, and recite one Our Father, ten Hail Mary’s, and one Glory Be for each mystery. We alternate turns reciting the first and last halves of each prayer, so the prayer assumes an interactive and rhythmic back-and-forth. As we contemplate the scenes from the gospel associated with each mystery, attention is shifted away from whatever negative thoughts or emotions caused the dysregulation to the life of Christ. Peter and I have taken “rosary walks” in which we walk together as we pray. The physical exercise is an additional regulating element as it helps work off the adrenaline released by the emotional dysregulation. Persons of faith may use prayers of their own tradition in this manner both to utilize the psychological supports (rhythmic interaction, distraction, and bodywork) such practices provide, and also to obtain the spiritual graces they seek to help free them from the grip of anxiety and OCD.
So on the eve of this last day of October, the month we celebrate the Rosary, I give thanks to God for the gift of this beautiful meditative prayer, and pray that you and your child may also receive the blessings of peace and inspiration that flow from its recitation.
For a beginner’s guide on how to say the Rosary, see the link below:
(You do not have to be Catholic to say the Rosary.)