Hello hello Rewilders! Sometimes life moves so fast that you just say whoaaaaa Mary…slow DOWN! But the one making life move that quickly is us! Our minds chatter, our bodies hop about and we always seem to be on a fast train moving to our next destination. Well how about slowing down every once in a while and taking a step back to recalibrate. We’re so busy seeking the next pleasure that we don’t often focus on enjoying the present, which is where meditation helps us out by stilling the mind, releasing your emotions and helping you come back to yourself and the world with a fresh perspective. Think of it as a mini mind nap.
The catch 22 is that we move so fast that we make excuses about not being able to meditate for at least 30 minutes a day, and when don’t meditate we keep moving fast and miss the ride while we’re getting to our destination. That destination is always a great way to dangle a carrot in front of yourself, because guess what, when you get there ya ain’t much happier than you were 30 seconds, 30 minutes, or 30 days ago.
For the busy bodies out there who aren’t checking themselves into the present for a dedicated meditation practice, there’s still a way to get your ‘ommm’ time into your day by simply breaking up the big task into tons of tiny ones! This a quickie 30 second routine that you can do every time you notice the mind chattering (especially negative) thoughts – the more engrained they are the more times you’ll have to crack down on them, but trust us, this slowly shrinks over time if you keep it up. Breathe in slowly into your diaphragm, hold, and on the release count 1. For the next breath do the same and count 2, and so on until you’ve done it about 6 times. This is an awesome way to whisk yourself away from your thoughts and cool down. Aim for about 30 times a day!
Pay attention to your thoughts – are you swearing at traffic, getting frustrated at the long lineup at the bank, or hating on the waitress for taking so long with your dinner? We all secretly (and sometimes not so secretly) get angry, and doing this little routine every time you notice these thoughts will help relax your mind, give you a fresh look at the situation, and let you move forward a little more peacefully and blissfully.
Elena & Amanda