“You can not stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” Jon Kabat-Zinn
The demands that we face in our daily life, make it sometimes impossible to find time (or even notice the need) for us to disconnect from the world, so we can connect to ourselves, our dreams, hopes, goals.
I should know, the reason I’ve been absent from the blog and writing is because my arms have been busy holding my sick 2-year-old Eleanor, through a rather long flu and painful teething, while I tried to keep myself from losing my own energy and mojo.
I’ve been doing this easy 3 step meditation, that I recently learned, to keep my energy up. There are no rules in terms of length or positions. Sometimes I just do 5 minutes, instead of 20 min. I prefer simple meditation that I can easily apply to my daily life.
I have only one rule, and that’s whatever works and fits in for the specific day. I find extremely helpful in staying connected with myself on a busy or just a tough day(s) or when I just feel blue and feel I need to get centered. Here goes.
1. Focus on breath. Close your eyes, find a quiet place and start noticing your breath. Breathe consciously, noticing it, and following each breath with attentions. Take 5-6 conscious breaths, allow it to be natural and don’t try to change it or force it to be slower or quicker. Just allow your breath to be as it is and just observe it. Now, to the next step.
2. Observe emotions. Now that you’ve observed your breath, turn your attention to your emotions. How do you feel? What do you feel? Happy, Anxious, impatient, angry, disappointed, tired. Notice all your emotions. None of them are good or bad, just notice them, allowing them to be what they are, just emotions. Just allow yourself to feel whatever you’re feeling, without any judgement.
3. Attention to the body. After observing your emotions, take your attention to the different body parts. Start from feet, and scan through the whole body, noticing different sensations at different body parts. Maybe you feel heavy somewhere, cold, tired, ache. Patiently go through all the body parts, noticing how you feel physically.
Breathe….. That’s it.
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