Our lives are so hectic we are like hamsters running on a hamster-wheel. There's no end to our being "plugged in.” We may turn off the TV but we tune into our phones, iPads, laptops and Lord knows what other gadgets. No wonder we are an overly stressed society! We are all walking around like a bunch of nervous Chihuahuas! It being Springtime, it's time to get rooted into your own metaphorical garden. It's time to get your hands dirty in being present and living.
Slow down, take pause and bask in the now. What's so bad about spending a little extra time being in the present? What's the rush? Not sure how to slow down and just be with yourself? Here are some ideas; feel free to use this as a starting off point.
Turn off and Tune In: Establish a time everyday or several times a week that you're going to turn off all the gadgets (that includes your phone and TV) and just relax, read a book, journal, maybe talk with friends, family or your significant other. It will take some time to get used to it but you'll soon look forward to that time of just rooting yourself and being, well, present. When was the last time you played a board game or did a puzzle? That's what I'm talkin' about. Ease back on the throttle of life. Try these out or use them to brainstorm some creative ideas of your own.
Gather at the Table: When was the last time you took the time to prepare a meal (not order a pizza or nuke a Lean Cuisine)? Really prepared a meal and sat down and ate without the TV on in the background? Even if you live alone, invite your friends, family or co-workers over for a simple dinner. Turn on some music, open a bottle of wine, light some candles, gather at the table and spend some quality time. There are tons of websites dedicated to all things food. If you need some new ideas for your next gathering check out www.allrecipes.com, www.epicurious.com, www.food.com, www.delish.com or simply check out the Vibrant Life Source, LLC recipes on the website!
Meditate: Meditation is a great way to get yourself grounded and present. If you've fallen off the meditation wagon, just dust off your meditation cushion and get back on. If you've never meditated, don't worry. Find a comfy spot, close your eyes and just breathe. Take deep, cleansing breaths. Meditation is such a loose word now - it's a personal practice - so make it whatever works for you. I like to keep a journal near my meditation cushion, because I never know when I may have some insight or a deep reflection that I want to remember or work through. Breathing techniques and meditation are a great way to get present anytime, anywhere.
If the idea of being left to your own devices to meditate freaks you out, try guided meditation. There are some great apps such as Calm and websites out there dedicated to all things yoga, meditation included. All require a monthly membership fee but most offer a free trial period. Try a few of my favorite websites at www.yogaglo.com or www.myyogaonline.com .
Whatever your method for tuning out so you can tune in, go with it. Engage in it as often as you can because wonderful things come in being present. Be well my Friends.
Until next time, Life Vibrantly my Friends!