Stop! Breathe!

*Some content of this post may be too graphic for the weak in constitution.

Sometimes life can get so busy and chaotic that we get to the point where we don’t know which way to turn next.  The past couple of weeks have been that way for me.  So much to do in front of me that I didn’t know where to start first or which direction to take next.   So what did I do about it?  NOTHING!  I took a time out!  I meditated on everything and asked the Universe for clarity.  Amazing how when we get quiet and allow our mind and body to rest, things once again become clear.

Our minds are like a computer, constantly storing things.  And, like the computer, sometimes we become fragmented and slows down.  Confusion sets in.  This is why self-care is so very important!  When we do not take time to defragment our mind, it can affect all areas of our lives.  People tell me, “I don’t have time to meditate, I don’t have time to slow down.”  My answer is always, “Do you have time to be sick?”  Then I explain to them, if they do not make the time, even if it is a few minutes, to quiet their mind and body, eventually they will deplete their adrenaline and they will be forced to slow down due to illness.  Stress causes you to be in a constant, continual “fight or flight” mode.  This, in turn, depletes your adrenaline which can cause a cascading effect on your body leading to many different diseases like heart disease, diabetes, even cancer.  *Some people don’t even take a moment to relax when they are in the bathroom!  They are checking their phones, texting, reading Facebook…raising my hand here, as I am guilty of doing this myself, mainly out of boredom.  ( Am I the only one who gets bored in the bathroom?  Hell, I used to read the shampoo bottles, cleaning supply bottles etc. just for something to do while sitting there.)

The first step to self-care is to be mindful of our bodies, thoughts, and actions.  It only takes a few seconds to stop, close your eyes, put your hand on your heart, and take a few deep breaths.  This centers you back into awareness of your body.  Do it several times a day,  (Yes, even in the bathroom,) and see how much calmer you feel.  And, as a side note, think grateful thoughts during that few moments to add to the effect.  So much of our time is wasted that could be spent in gratitude and love.  Your mission, should you chose to accept it, is to take one day and write down how you spend every minute of that day (yes even bathroom time!)  Look it over, then the next day, chose several moments in time to purposely use that time to breathe, think thoughts of gratitude, or simply smile.  Believe it or not, the simple act of smiling increases endorphins in your brain!  Then at the end of the day, write down how you felt that day and how the end of your day felt.  I would love to hear feedback on your results.  Did you feel better or worse?

Until next time,

Many Blessings to You!

Ceri

P.S.  *Back to the bathroom thing.  Now instead of reading everything in sight or looking at my phone, I sit there and think grateful thoughts like, “thank you I have indoor plumbing”, “thank you I have  running water”, ” thank you my body is so wonderfully made that it has an evacuation system that does the work for me and I don’t have to use enemas to evacuate the waste,” etc.  Even the simple moments in time are important in the reflection of gratitude.

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