Life or Auto Pilot? Oh, how the world is changing…years ago I was sharing mindfulness & meditation and the benefits; wherever I went people thought I was Woo-Woo! And now it’s burst through some of that ignorance that held it back. I was a GURU before my time….I was always light years ahead that’s why I was thought of as a bit eccentric. (I wore scarves and wraps before they became fashionable).
Woo Woo – Thank you, Sonia Choquette
Sonia Choquette has a great set of cards ‘Trust Your Vibes Cards’ when I first got them I asked for the card I needed yes the Woo Woo one came out. It reminded me that no matter what I have 6 senses and I use them. It reminded me of the simplicity and synchronicity of the universe. My mantra was; ‘Woo-Woo is where it is at…for me! If you are ever inspired to buy any cards check these out and pull one a day; reflect on it and make your choice.
Again I digress….(it’s a Diva thing)
How often do you hear people say they would love to move from a daily existence and achieve balance and integration into their lives? Did you know it can be done? It does not cost much other that a bit of time…..and yes you do have TIME if you make the right choices check out my old mate The Time Doctor (Mike Gardner – he gets you on track)
What makes me howl with laughter is how much people pay to learn these natural behaviours’…we can all do it, it’s a matter of choice. Do you want a life/work balance or not? Simples!
Would you like to……..Gain a life/work balance?
And Reduce Stressors, tension, aid sleep, de-clutter your mind & bring balance into the five key areas of your life Physical, Mental, Emotional Spiritual & Social? If so why don’t you have a go? I’ve heard all the excuses and they are usually linked to fear – well as Susan Jeffers said…”Feel the Fear and do it Anyway” Once you start to become proactive you do reduce the dross in your life. Therefore my top tip today with be: One of the first places to start is to practice becoming mindful.
How many of you reading this spin plates; juggle balls; run around like headless chickens and then at the end of the day have another great list to follow?
I won’t load headless chickens promise!
We are so conditioned to be on auto pilot by our family, education, society, media and friends it will take time and practice to bring your mind back in charge can take time and yes…commitment There are no quick fixes people; it can be done, but just like the Williams sisters at Wimbledon, it takes a bit of PRACTICE…. I bet those of you who drive cars can hand on heart say that when you drive home from work or the shops you can’t remember the journey…yes I was like that towns and villages would pass by, and when I got home I couldn’t remember driving through them – that’s auto pilot for you that brain linked to ego…..your mind is I believe linked to the real you.
DO YOU KNOW HOW TO BREATHE PROPERLY?
Did you know that all change starts with the breath? It does.
I have lost count of the many 100’s of people I have had to coach in how to breathe properly again because of their hectic lives; they have learned to shallow breath over a period of years and when I first meet them I introduce them to their belly for a bit of a wake-up call.
Let me introduce you…
When you watch babies sleep; they just appear just to get on with it, breathing in the way we all should do and look totally relaxed – a lost skill for many of us. Just watch them.
By observing our breathing, being mindful of our thoughts, being aware of what we are doing can enable us to learn to identify what distracts and leads to procrastination. Poor time management contributes, (and don’t we give our time away to others?), observing the wrong choices we make every day too, often doing what others want us to rather than what we need to be doing for ourselves.
Using mindful breathing engages you in observing your physical needs, where’s the tension, asking the question why you are tense, do you need to address something, what has led up to you being tense or have you just forgotten to do your tension checks throughout the day?
Moving on from practicing the breathing general Mindfulness (Focused alertness) is the basis for developing, a greater connection with your emotional needs; what stopping you expressing them? Have you even recognised them? Why not; are you out of touch with them?
Yes I know I bang on about mindfulness, but it is worth cultivating here comes my drum again:
My Diva Drum
Remember mindfulness is about being in the moment and concentrating on what you are doing. Moment by moment being aware of the sensations going through the body/mind/soul. It’s about eating/drinking/walking/shopping/making love. Everyday tasks consciously not on auto-pilot that includes housework!
Take one task you regularly do – e.g. drinking something and just stay with that, the taste, the cup/glass against the lips/the sensation of it going down the throat. If your mind wanders off to elsewhere bring it back to what you are doing…..try this for a week.
What about thoughts, positive or negative, do you pay them attention? Do you watch where they lead; the connections they make and how they drain us; what/who drains your energy?
With Mindfulness the benefits are enormous – health & wellbeing; concentration improves; quality of life increases; inner peace; self-awareness develops; and much more.
One of the immediate benefits of this practice is an improvement in memory. By focusing on what we are doing when we are doing it, we eliminate general forgetfulness.
Here’s a little challenge for you today (you will find this in loads of the books and papers out there) those of you with kids get them doing it too – I do it with my tribe, and they usually finish up laughing….
Decide to take 2 minutes time out and quietly sit where you won’t be disturbed.
Take a couple of deep breaths into the belly pause and then out relaxing the body; especially the shoulders and jaw! (they are your pinch point every day)
As you breathe in; just smile to yourself and feel that radiant energy begin because you are releasing those smiley endorphins into the brain. Yes a real big cheesy grin
Don’t be shy
As you breathe out, release the smile, relaxing the face and body
And now breathe in smiling again feeling it reach your eyes
And out relax….
Keep this going for 2 minutes and check out how happy and balanced you begin to feel – then continue with the rest of your day.
Do this a few times throughout the day and it’s amazing how your energy changes.
Sharon Salzburg shares in ‘The Power of Meditation’ that “Mindfulness is the ultimate mobile device; you can use it anywhere, anytime, unobtrusively.” and remember it doesn’t cost anything.
I use it all the time. It’s great in the queue when you’re shopping; sitting in the High Street waiting for the kids….I have been asked before now if I’m alright because I look soooo relaxed, mind you, they back away when I say I’m mindfully meditating lol
You can be more mindful with practice you can let others juggle, spin, let go of headless chickens and take back your power ……it will bring your life/work back into balance.
Until tomorrow peeps keep breathing.