Guest Post By: Bella Hardy
I think it’s funny how we consider Monday the worst day of the week. Every other situation that offers the opportunity for a fresh start is celebrated.
Birthdays, anniversaries, new moons, and seasonal changes all lead us down a path of renewal. While January rolls in with a heady rush of green juice-fueled aspirations, little old Monday gets left behind.
I admit that I’m as guilty as the rest of them when it comes to taking my time for granted. Some weeks I go through my daily routine like a robot.
Waking up early, blearily gulping my tea and rushing to work, only to sit staring at a computer screen for eight hours.
And after fighting traffic, eating sad salad for dinner, and exhaustively sliding between my sheets, I find myself still wishing for Friday and wondering sleepily where, exactly, all of my time went.
When did working for the weekend become the modern mantra?
How do we get back to celebrating every day, every day?
The answer is Meditation!
They say the best time to meditate is when you feel you have no time. When you’re rushed, overwhelmed, and generally exhausted by the never-ending rat race – that is the signal to find your center.
Injecting mindfulness into our everyday routine is more comfortable than it sounds.
While sitting quietly in a sacred space and collecting your thoughts might be traditional, it’s not the only way.
Like yoga, where unifying breath and movement is natural and expected, integrating movement and ritual into meditation can work as well.
The following three exercises can bring a moment of peace into your busy life.
Morning Tea Meditation
Sometimes, the only opportunity we have is in the morning. Before the sun rises, the dog asks for his walk, and the house begins to wake, I have my tea. It’s a quiet moment for myself, a reminder of all the things for which I am grateful.
Taking each step deliberately, I choose the leaves, fill the kettle, and set it to boil.
Holding a cup in my hands, I think of all the goodness I have filling it up. I consider my many blessings, my home, my health, the people I love and who love me and am thankful for the present moment.
No matter what the day brings, I drink to the future and the now and feel healthier and better warms from the inside.
By far the most straightforward, walking meditation is one of my favorites. Much like a seated meditation, start by bringing awareness into your body.
Feel a connection to the earth. Breathe in positivity and as you walk forward be aware of the way you move through space. Legs, arms, the sensation of your feet hitting the earth—notice these feelings.
Visualize that with each step you release negativity, shedding fears and uncertainty as you move toward your goal.
So often we walk and move to get from one place to another, never enjoying the journey, never really seeing the world around us. Look with all your senses and bring mindfulness and light into your walk.
With this technique, you have a way to exercise your maker’s spirit. Whether your passion is for cooking, painting, writing, or basket weaving, do it with intention. Feel the paper, really taste your food, notice the way your brush glides across the canvas.
By indulging your creative spirit, you put a bit of yourself into everything you make. Focus on the process.
Even if your project doesn’t turn out entirely, be thankful that you gave yourself the opportunity to succeed. Be grateful you took this moment for yourself.
Life is too short to wait until tomorrow for a fresh beginning.
Let’s not take for granted the fresh start we get each week.
By bringing awareness into our bodies and practicing active meditation let’s bring mindfulness into every aspect of our lives.