Have you taken the time to just be still? This may sound like such a trivial task, but it could be a life-saver for many. I’ve been reading a lot about this Great Reset, a global initiative, and a discussion for another day. But the first component of the worldwide reset is to adjust our mindset. Do you know why? Because your mind is a powerful tool. The hurriedness of daily living consumes our lives, and being a mom of three children, I can relate. We rush from making breakfast, making beds, prepping kids for school, heading to work, making dinner, driving kids to practice, paying bills, paying more bills, food shopping, cleaning, laundry, ironing, and many more daily activities to complete just ONE day. We are always worrying about yesterday, today, and tomorrow, when we only need to worry about now – the present moment. Of course, it’s hard to do! Nearly impossible most days, but incorporate it into your day, and watch the real you – evolve.
Do you know what comes out of daily, constant hurriedness? Stress, anxiety, health issues, depression, and many adverse effects. Sure, a job promotion, the A+, more money, a bigger house, better vacations could also be the end result of our hurried days, but at what cost? Hopefully, not at the expense of your health. So listen to what I am saying when I say to “JUST BE STILL.”
Get up 10 minutes earlier than usual, sit in a comfortable chair, or on the floor in a crossed leg yoga position. Close your eyes. Open your ears and hearts. Feel your being, your body, and your surroundings. Take the quiet moment and reflect on now. Be still. When beginning this daily routine, you will only be able to do this for about 2 minutes, without your mind wandering off into the future. It’s normal. But every time your mind wanders off, grab that thought and let it go like a balloon in the wind. Because for this moment, we are focusing on the now. Capture the stillness of the moment, and relax your mind. Your mind is a powerful engine, an essential component of our bodily machine. If you lose your mind, you lose it all. Keep the engine working optimally with a tune-up or a reset.
The best thing about our mind is we can reset often. At one point or another, I’m sure many of you have been in a ‘time-out.’ A punishment by our parents when they wanted us to reflect on our wrongdoing. If only we knew that the notorious time-out sentence was a blessing. It was our reset as a child. Now take that time-out to a whole new level. Sit quietly for 5-10 minutes, several times throughout the day. Focus on the moment, and ONLY the moment.
Many of us are incredibly anxious with the holidays approaching, wondering how we will fit in the added tasks of shopping, wrapping, baking cookies, gingerbread houses, decorating, and exchanges. But remember why we are celebrating. The holiday should be a time of joy, not a Grinch-like, stressed-out Christmas. Enjoy every moment of the holiday season, absorb the sounds, the movies, the fun, the time spent with family, and the beauty of it all. So begin today – ‘just be still’ and watch your life find meaning.
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