This blog began, as many do, in a conversation with myself this morning. Yesterday ended a roller coaster of a week. I’d written a post and it was all set, ready to go.
Then, during the evening, a sense of unease crept in. Something wasn’t right. So I pulled it back, to where it can sit in draft, in reserve. Maybe someday.
For what comes to me now is an overwhelming need to take a breath. A “Stop the world, I want to get off” moment! These feelings are not mine, alone. This is a collective experience.
We are coming to the end of a year. 2014 has been a year of intense change and upheaval for many. The calendar may click over in a few weeks, but the train keeps on rolling.
Given that we can’t stop the world – nor do we wish to – what can we do to hit pause, take a breath? Let this thought be your guide. We want breathing space. As we breathe, we create spaciousness for our nervous system.
Here are some ideas.
Cancel. Look at the diary and create space by postponing, or better yet, cancelling, some appointments. Breathing space.
Move away from all devices. Hear a voice in our head saying, “step away from the screen!” Begin with 30 minutes unhooked – take a breather.
Invest. In a simple alarm clock. Remove electronic devices from the bedroom. Sleep more soundly.
Get outside. Walk around, slowly. Engage your senses to experience what’s around you. No phone, no earplugs. Be where you are. Breathe.
Gaze. Notice how restored we feel when we rest our eyes on something pleasing to the eye. In our surroundings, or choose an image that resonates. Let the eyes stay. Breathe.
Nourish. Eat simple, fresh fruit and vegetables. Sometimes, do nothing else whilst we eat. Take a breath. Appreciate the smell, colour, taste of the food.
Meditate. Find a practice that works. Practise.
Experiment, do some research. We are looking for simple, practical habits to establish. Little and often, makes a massive difference over time. To our state of Being. To our quality of life.
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