I was mentioned in the Washingtonian for the 8 DC yoga bloggers you should know– WOO! What an honor =)
|take a moment to enjoy your surroundings|
The past three days I’ve been waking up with a tension headache that refuses to pass. It’s not quite a migraine, but it makes its presence known.
I know your first thought may be to take some medicine! But I think that when the body acts up, it’s a sign that something is out of wack. Part of honoring and respecting our bodies includes listening to the good and the bad. For a while it was my sciatica acting up. Now, headaches… boy is my body needy! (LOL)
What does one do when the body is whispering “slow down, have grace, enjoy the pause” but the mind is going “have fun, live it up, you can do it!”?
This is what I figure. Everyone is busy. Sure you can take five minutes every so often to check back in and make sure you are breathing and all that good stuff. In fact, if you’re not already doing that, I highly recommend it. But I think there’s something even more we can do that can really increase our happiness in everything we do. And that is – be mindful of your busyness. Let me explain.
Humans, and our forever active nervous system, will find ways of being stressed even when we have very little going on in our lives. No matter how much we have on our plates, the way to finding a little Zen is to do everything mindfully. Even if you are on a strict deadline, even if you have a million people pulling you in every direction, you have an opportunity at every moment to be at peace. Doing every activity with mindfulness with afford you the chance to do things with grace and without stress. Why? Because stress generally comes from worrying about the future. If you are fully focused on each activity, stress will not grow.
|occupy your heart|
When our lives are hectic, we sometimes have the option to drop a few things, but often times we do not. That does not mean we do not have the options. We can still find space between our thoughts amidst the craziness. That beautiful nothingness, the pause between the breaths, the peace between every beat of your heart; it can be found no matter where you are. The only thing you have to do (although I admit, must easier said then done!) is to be in the moment. Live in the now.
Between the pulsations of my migraines, I know peace is coming.