You are caught up in another busy year
You suspect that there really is no way of experiencing peace and calm. There’s simply too much to do!
So keeping it as simple as possible, here are 3 simple ways to stay calm:
1. Stop being so hard on yourself
Quite often you may find you are pushing on through with your goals, tasks, challenges or projects.
Like a charging rhinoceros, you are not only enormously tough on yourself, but on your nearest and dearest too. Family, friends and work colleagues get to bear the brunt of your desire to keep on pushing forward.
It’s fine if you thrive on this kind of life, but have you noticed that you may pay the price for it too? Some may experience great highs followed by deep lows, lots of niggly illness or regular bouts of depression.
Ease up! And if you can’t do it for yourself, at least ease up on those around you.
2. Value meditation
Meditation means that you stop and implement sessions of ‘doing nothing’.
Yes, value doing nothing! Of course, it’s not really that – it is fine focus on the present moment.
It is part of your personal growth to become more conscious of your thoughts, emotions and story distractions.
Place value on this. It’s worth it.
3. Your breath is your lifeforce
This is the most simple yet profoundly useful tool that you have to get calm.
In any given moment, in-between tapping on the keyboard, sieving rice or driving on the motorway, you can become aware of your breath.
It’s simple – notice how your crumpled posture might be inhibiting your body’s ability to breathe deeply. Straighten up! Follow a breath or two all the way in and all the way out.
Courses and Books
And if you are serious this year about getting greater balance in your life between hectic busy and calm relaxed, you might want to schedule it into your timetable.
Find a Mindfulness, Meditation and Relaxation Class. Perhaps you’d like to invite calm into your life by learning about mindfulness on one of these 6-week courses. Or, google mindfulness courses for something in your area.
Keep it by your bedside to dip into for calm inspiration! Today’s entry: ‘If the weather is slightly sombre, find photos of fields of sunflowers, bluebells or poppies and breathe in the energy of their colours and the rays of sunlight.’
Stay calm but keep it simple!
Yvette Jane – Mindfulness & Meditation Coach