You may have found in light of COVID-19, that you have a need to pause to release worry more
often. You may have found that you do not have many places where you can even sit still uninterrupted for these MMM’s, OR maybe you have so much more time on your hands than before. Busy, busier than before, or not busy at all - makes no difference to practicing sitting still with a calm mind and practicing efficient breath.
For today, if you can be in nature for this one, please do. If not, just find a comfortable seated position with your hands in your lap or on thighs. Make your intention and Soften your gaze on something still, or close your eyes.
BOTTOM PART -(I share a quote today from May Sarton. I think we sometimes wear “busy” as a badge of honor. I know our culture is over-proud of “the BUSY”)
1. Exhale a slow breath out of your mouth. Inhale fresh air through your nose. Please continue this breath pattern while I share the gist of this days challenge.
“I always forget how important the empty days are, how important it may be sometimes not to expect to produce anything, even a few lines in a journal. A day when one has not pushed oneself to the limit seems a damaged, damaging day, a sinful day. Not so! The most valuable thing one can do for the psyche, occasionally, is to let it rest, wander, live in the changing light of a room.”
Maybe “the busy” is a pattern we have watched from our early years and we carry it out. Perhaps it is a habit from a year that was overwhelming due to circumstances out of our control. What if being busy is part of us creating it, so that we don’t have to listen to uncomfortable truths from our heart?
What we do in these mindful moments is break out of that mold! We may not be able to make this day “empty” of obligations but we can continue to learn to take mini-breaks for our nervous system.
2. On your next exhale, say to yourself “I give myself permission to slow down”. Inhale deeply.
3. Exhale and at the very end -spell “P-A-U-S-E”. Inhale with a slight smile on your face.
4. Exhale and say “I am exactly where I need to be right now”. Feel the calmness of each inhale.
5. Either exhale by spelling the word “P-A-U-S-E, inhaling calmness. Or Exhale the thought “I am exactly where I am to be right now” and inhale calmness.
6. Repeat this as long as you can.