Have you felt it lately? Maybe it crept in with the cooler weather, the high pressure slipping under a cold front. It arrives without fail each autumn for me: an ever-increasing tempo of obligations, expectations, and not-to-be-missed opportunities that snowball into Thanksgiving and then crash into the winter holidays.
My first line of defense is to just breathe. Breathe in. Breathe out. Repeat.
Breathe. Relax the face. The shoulders. Breathe. Let the world spin without me for one minute. Maybe two. Breathe. Ground my feet. Straighten my spine. Find a lightness.
Breathe in peace. Breathe out stress. Breathe in expansion. Breathe out confinement. Breathe in acceptance. Breathe out judgment.
I wake early in the morning to have my quiet moment of the day. To sit with a cup of tea in the chilly darkness of the morning and connect with that which will always be, no matter what the day brings. My breath. This earth. The stillness.
I will carry this core of peace inside me throughout the commotion of the day. Returning to it whenever I need it. Returning to calmness. To stillness.
I find that this stops the snowballing stress and I can find greater perspective, patience, and tolerance.
If you are interested in how mindfulness, meditation, and inward focus can benefit you or your children, please look into a wonderful upcoming opportunity:
On Saturday, November 10th, Joe Klein from Inward Bound Mindfulness Education is coming to Ekoji (3411 Grove Avenue) to hold a day retreat. From 9am-4pm, there will be a retreat for adults. From 6pm-10pm, there will be a teen event.
Ekoji offers a Family Mindfulness Meditation from 1pm-2pm this Sunday, October 14th with a Teen Mindfulness Meditation following from 2:30pm-3:30pm. This is offered monthly. What a great way to establish a family practice of meditation!
If right now you are saying to yourself, “That’s fine for others, but not for me. I have no time and no quiet in my life,” I offer you this video on One Moment Meditation. Try it out …