Write it down so you know it's real! Inner peace is the focus and here's what you can do to achieve...
This past Friday I attended a mindfulness training. My original thought was, "oh great, this will be an easy time-kill on a Friday morning." Turns out, the training was just what was needed. You may (or may not) know that I work full time in addition to being a freelance graphic designer. Working 40+ hours a week, then coming home to 20 hours of additional work per week can be very stressful.
Over the past few weeks I've been reading up on ways to elevate my thinking and live a more peace and joy-filled existence. That's lead me to the following activities:
- A "happy inventory" (where I take an inventory (of course) of what makes me happy)
- Sage burning (a cleansing practice that you can read about here)
- Walking bare foot in grass (call me crazy but you'd be surprised how therapuetic and recharging this can be)
- Sitting outside in the sun (all living organisms need the sun)
- Mindfulness practices (see more below)
Here are a few things you might want to consider (lessons from my mindfulness training). The prompt states:
When you are feeing tense and hurried, pause and notice which of these keys speak to you. Taking several intentional slow, deep breaths, celebrate this time spent caring for yourself with stillness and mindful awareness.
- TASHI DELEH (I honor the greatness within you) - How can seeing myself or another from this perspective change what comes next?
- BEATHE EASY - Bring attention to the rhythm, texture and pace of each breath. Notice what this breath is like... And then the next.
- STOP (stop, take a breath, open & observe, proceed) - After exploring each element in STOP with friendly and curious attention, inquire how this pause can help you act with kindness and intention.
- IT'S JUST A THOUGHT - Noticing your thoughts as they come and go, can you let them pass by like clouds in the sky.
- SLOW DOWN - Invite yourself to move at an unhurried pace. What does it feel like to relax the rushing?
- SILENCE (Is what I'm about to say an improvement on silence?) - Is your comment true, helpful, kind? Or is it better left unsaid?
- SWIRLING MIND? (breathe into stillness) - Can your breath help your busy mind settle down? Invite stillness, focus on your breath and find out.
- KNOW AND LET GO - Can you sense where you're tense, then breathe and release?
- CELEBRATE GRATITUDE - Right now, who or what brings you joy? Feel the warmth of gratitude throughout your body, and savor it.
*tips provided by the S.H.I.N.E Center for Mindful Awareness
It's also important throughout your day to think through the 7 additudinal foundations of mindfulness.
- Non-judging - Judging, we all do it! BUT the reality is, we have no idea what people are going through. Think before passing judgement. You wouldn't want someone to do it to you without knowing your circumstances.
- patience - We all need a lesson in patience. Learn to enjoy the moment instead of anxiously waiting for the next. Life is about the journey and appreciating each moment at its appropriate time.
- beginner's mind - Approaching situations, people, circumstances with child-like innocence and understanding. Try to imagine a child's first time experiencing something. No preconceived notions, no distrust –just willingness to appreciate and learn.
- trust - Allowing situations to prove themselves. Think of how much stress we endure by over thinking and not trusting. Too stressful!
- non-striving - I forgot what this one means. Let me get back to you! Lol
- acceptance - You might not agree with certain things; you might not understand; but accepting takes a huge load off and allows you peace of mind instead of overthinking. Great segue into letting it be...
- Letting be - specifically not "letting go". Letting go requires action. Letting be is the conscious decision to accept things and allow them to work themselves out.
Make the conscious effort to be mindful, and make decisions that will push you toward peace!
I made a few versions of the #vibratehigher social media post if you'd like to grab and repost (see above). And see the 10 ways to clear your energy below.