Much of our culture celebrates multitasking. In today's world, you can drive a car while listening to a book or talking on the phone to someone far away. On the computer, I often have several tabs open, a sign of my frantic mind. I may be (during the exact same session) searching for a heart opening mantra, shopping for last minute Christmas gifts, and writiing a blog, while my washing machine does my laundry and my dishwasher does the dishes. This probably sounds familiar to quite a few of us.
That is why our practice is so important. Plan some time to monotask every day. Monotasking, or beinging attentive in the current moment can relieve stress, which is great for your nervous system. You may even consider keeping a short journal about your experiences. Please leave your devices behind - it will be OK! Whatever you do, make it a REGULAR practice. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
- Take a walk or jog outdoors. Notice the weather, the smells, the sights, and your feelings.
- Start a meditation practice. It is highly beneficial. My 12 year old son started by practicing 10 minute guided meditations on YouTube, but really all you need is a seat and your breath. Here is a brief video (less than 2 minutes) to get you started.
- More Yoga. Even a 5-10 minute practice can change your mood. I enjoy backbends and inversions for energy, balancing poses for focus, and seated poses for their calming nature.
- Prayer or chanting a mantra. If you have a practice of prayer that benefits you, keep it up. If you are interested in exploring chanting a mantra, it can be a very healing practice.
- Read something that makes you feel uplifted. This may be a spiritual book, such as the Bible or the Bhagavad Gita, poetry, or philosophy.
- Write something. This blog has been a practice of heart opening for me. You can write something for others to read, or you may choose to keep a private journal.
- Play or listen to music. I know many people who find that music plays a huge part in their lives, and impacts their personal well being. If you are one of these people, stop and enjoy the music!
After you finish your practice, notice how you feel. Allow yourself to take the time to have this feeling every day. It is always available to you, and you won't regret taking the time to improve your mindset. Whatever practice you choose, keep it up!
Namaste - Beth