The last of this weeks theme which is to stop pursuing happiness and be happy with all you have been given. Today, find some time for quiet, it is one of the paths to what matters.
Emotional Fitness THOUGHTS
Our lives are full of chatter, most of which it someone else’s efforts to persuade us to do things their way. Too much of the chatter lies within as negative self-talk or messages.
Fact: No one is two busy to find time to break away from the noise and chatter; we just think we are. Like the Mad Hatter in Alice In Wonderland we are rushing in far to many directions.
EMOTIONAL FITNESS EXERCISE
I know for many of you, the thought of meditating sends “I can’t” messages running through your brain. It does mine, which is why I developed the OMM or what I call the one minute meditation. The more you practice this quick break from stress, the stronger it grows. You start by taking a Calming Breath.
Often you are told to take a deep breath to calm yourself. Helps but learning to take a Calming Breath helps more. Here is how to take not just a deep breath, but a Calming Breath:
Breathe in slowly to a count of five. Hold your breath for a count of five. Breathe out slowly to another count of five. As you breathe out, say a silent “Ahhhhhh. Smile softly.
As you are taking that first Calming Breath, imagine a strong force is going to gather up all your negative energy as you breathe in. Help this force by tightening all your muscles beginning with your toes and moving up one set of muscles after another to your head. As you hold your breath, keep the muscles tight; then as you breathe out; let the negative energy drain away as you slowly and consciously relax each muscle group.
After the Calming Breath, continue breathing as you normally do. Don’t worry about the thoughts that try to capture you. Watch them come and go as they will. If thoughts become too intrusive, take another Calming Breath and repeat a countering slogan. Two of mine are “Now is not forever” and “It is all all right.”
After a minute or two, take another Calming Breathe and go about your day.
This won’t work at first and not if you are already racing through your over wrought “To Do List.” So practice it first a night as you are winding down for the day. It might just help you fall asleep a bit more easily.
STAYING EMOTIONALLY FIT
Click here for my free E-book about the Daily Twelve Emotional Fitness Exercises. It has several exercises designed to help you enjoy small pleasures.
Liking, commenting, sharing are acts of social media kindness and very easy to practice. So be kind to me and all your media friends. I promise you will be repaid.
THE USUAL PROMOTIONAL STUFF
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DISCLAIMER ONE: EMOTIONAL FITNESS TRAINING IS NOT THERAPY.
Even the most learned researchers and therapists quarrel about much. Take their advice and mine carefully. Don’t just listen to your heart, but also think; don’t just think, listen to your heart. Heart and head working together increase the odds you will find useful advice amid all the promises and hopes pushed at you be others. As others have noted, take what seems useful, leave the rest.
DISCLAIMER TWO: FORGIVE MY GRAMMATICAL ERRORS
If you need perfect posts, you will not find them here; I will understand if you don’t follow, like or share what like me. Not only am I dealing with an aging brain, but all of my life, dysgraphia–a learning disability has eaten my energy and diminished my productivity. Some of my posts might be peppered with bad spelling, poor punctuation, and worse words that make no sense. If you want to hang in with me, thank you; you are kind. If a post doesn’t make sense or bugs you too much, try reading it a few days later. Often I catch the worse mistakes when I read the post after a few days.