In an age of speed, multi-tasking 24/7, eating fast, working more, sleeping less, and being constantly connected, there is nothing more seductive than slowing down. As an energy healer and coach, the most important tip I’d give my clients is to do all that it takes to preserve their peace of mind. And here are some tips on finding a small private oasis of calm, even in the midst of an emotional storm.
- Start with the most basic form of meditation: Breathe!
You don’t need prior training or experience, all you need to do is simply sit down and observe your breath. This is the first step to building a meditation practice. Become aware of your belly rising as you inhale and contracting on exhale. This is called abdominal breathing or yogic breathing. Notice how it feels to simply observe your breath. Notice the sensations, and notice the thoughts in your head as you do this. You can repeat this 5-6 times to begin with. If you like, you could add some words along with the breath, such as breathing in you can say “I inhale peace” and on exhaling: “I let go everything that doesn’t serve me.” You can also use a single word,
like “peace” or “relax” for both inhale and exhale.
- Stretch your body
There is a wide choice of online and onsite yoga classes, so choose a class or a YouTube depending on whether you prefer a group or the comfort of your own home. Even a few minutes stretching your arms and legs, or twisting your spine for that delicious side stretch will do you good. Lie down on your back, spread your arms at shoulder level, put your knees up and feet on the floor as close to your body as possible, and then drop your knees to one side. Stay there for a few moments and then repeat on the other. The internet is filled with simple yoga stretches. Go at your pace and find what feels good.
- Make the floor your friend
There’s an emerging wellness trend that’s worth checking out, a practice that requires neither aspiration nor great motivation: lying on the ground. Okay, so the floor may not be the first place your mind goes when you think of relaxation. But when you lie down on the floor, its firm, flat surface reflects the state of your posture. When you lie on the floor, it helps you experience inconsistencies, imbalances and tightness in the musculoskeletal system. It gives you a better sense of what hurts and what doesn’t, and as you gradually adapt to the floor’s firm surface to find a comfortable, effortless position, you can release some of the tensions that are hard to detect when standing or seated. Even when you walk on the floor bare foot, you can sense the ground better. Do it slowly and attentively, focus on how your feet contact the floor, and you will feel more grounded. This practiced sensation of grounding not only promotes dynamic posture and balance as you age, but also has a calming effect. If you want to relieve a lower back ache, stand with your feet together, body in one line, butt tucked in, tummy in, chin chest and shoulders relaxed. Now lift the two big toes off the ground and feel the sensation in your body and how the stress lifts off the back.
- Beauty Sleep Just as important as having a morning routine, is having a sleep routine. Like we’d do for a baby, create the perfect ambience for your own bedtime. Escort your gadgets out of the bedroom, use bedsheets that feel good, colors and fabrics that you love. A warm shower, light music and a cup of chamomile tea goes a long way in prepping you for a relaxed night.
- Find completion in the incomplete There are some things that are best dropped incomplete. Shocked? Wait, hear me out. There will always be items on the bucket list bring you more anxiety than motivation, these are those things that you have been putting off unnecessarily. “I want to learn Spanish” “I want to sky dive” etc., and for some reason they just stay on your list and never seem to get checked. Identify these, and gracefully bid them farewell. Or find a better way to make it happen. Don’t overcrowd your plate. Be ambitious but beware of burn out. You are the best judge and your only trusted Guru. Look for the guidance within and do all it takes to live happily.
I wish you a day filled with Miracles.
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