quick fix: stress free in 60 seconds.
You know those days that Nascar past you and leave you on the side of a dusty track feeling confused, jittery and not altogether sound of mind? The well-intentioned words “Yes, yes, yes, I’ll do that right after _____” are lost in the clamor of the day and ‘present moment’ or ‘mindfulness’ seem like ridiculous concepts that only used to matter to you. I definitely have those days. Usually involving surprises like, oh, a circuit breaker blew and the electricity is out, or oh, your colleague is in the hospital and needs all her classes covered or oh, Armageddon is on its way.
These are the days where finding time to meditate seems absolutely impossible because, well, frankly, you aren’t sure when you’ll find the time to even go to the bathroom.
On these days, I use a powerful ‘quick fix’ meditation technique that re-sets my brain as quickly as fixing a blown fuse. It is based on a Kundalini Yoga technique of combining a mantra (repetition of a word or phrase), a mudra (hand position) and breathing in rhythm.
When I’m caught in the whirlwind of activity on a break-neck speed day, I only need about 60 seconds to feel its benefits.
“I am peace and calm”
How to do it:
Touch the first finger to the thumb: “I”
Touch the second finger to the thumb: “am”
Touch the third finger to the thumb: “peace”
Touch the fourth finger to the thumb: “and calm.”
Close your eyes, repeat rhythmically and breathe deeply for 60 minutes.
Why to do it:
Physiologically, the fine motor movement is a tactile reminder your brain to re-set its cascade of stress hormones and pay attention to the present moment.
Intellectually, the usage of present tense language of the mantra is a reminder you have the capacity to selectively create your awareness.
Energetically, the connection of the finger tips to the thumb creates a circuit that acts as a conduit for the Spirit to feel connected.
Try it here: “I am Peace and Calm”
You may not have 20 minutes for a full meditation practice, but you probably you have 60 seconds.
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