Whew, it’s been a really busy couple of months on my end. Some of the busyness has been really good and exciting (like a class that I’m taking, teaching classes to an amazing community, and planning Easter and Maddie’s birthday), and some of it has just been pain old challenging (like prepping taxes, managing a sick kiddo and a sick dog).
Lately, my morning meditations have been really brief – and honestly they have turned into mini-meditations throughout the day – which I’ve come to value deeply. During these mini-meditations, leaning into my breath has been the most useful tool. Just pausing and taking a few conscious breaths has saved me time and time again from acting in less-than-constructive ways. Those few moments with my breath allow me enough time to slow down, re-group and shift toward a more settled and grounded place.
Something else that has come organically out of these mini meditations has been mantra. “The path of least resistance” has been a constant mantra and a great tool in helping me to see what I can release and let go of, or at least allocate to a time when I have a little more room. It has helped me prioritize so I’m not pushing, pushing, pushing all the time.
Just last week in a mini-meditation break at my desk, I closed my eyes to give them a break from studying. As I was breathing the phrase “It’s ok” kept looping through my mind with the rhythm of my breath (I think i was inspired by Todd Parr's It's O.K to be Different, I book I used to love to read to Maddie!). Below is what came out of this meditation:
It’s ok to take a break
It’s ok to sleep in
It’s ok to rest
It’s ok to feel happy
It’s ok to feel love
It’s ok to feel anger
It’s ok to let things go
It’s ok to loosen your grip
It’s ok to take a nap
It’s ok to do something you love
It’s ok to make a better life for yourself
It’s ok to want more
It’s ok to enjoy your life
It’s ok to not know
It’s ok to not be perfect / do things perfectly (p.s.- you're already perfect…even with your “imperfections”)
It’s ok if you can’t solve every problem
It’s ok to be yourself
It’s ok to not do everything for everyone and be everywhere
I share this with you for those days when you too feel pushed to the edges of your capacity; when you feel on the brink of fatigue and stress. My hope is that this can be a little reminder to be kind and gentle with yourself.
You are enough – what you are doing is enough…Whatever you choose to do, do so with peace in your heart, mind and gut.
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