Instructions for "Can't Sleep?":
I've had several people mention this week that they are having trouble sleeping, maybe there's something in the air? :)
The practice above is called baby pose, and it has many many relaxation qualities. Here are a few:
"Tired minds don't plan well. Sleep first, plan later." - Walter Reisch
Instructions for "Breathing in Patience":
Life is full of challenges, and the temptation can be to jump in and try to 'fix' things, 'make things right', 'smooth things over'. We can begin to judge ourselves negatively when we can't fix things, or make them right, or smooth them over.
Sometimes we need to let time play it's role, and engage in some patient acceptance of the untidiness of life in the meantime.
If we can learn to sit with uncomfortable feelings, and employ our breath to help us do so, time will shed a new light on our troubles, new perspectives will present themselves, hurt will heal.
"I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature." - Paulo Coelho
Instructions for "Your Next Thought":
This super simple exercise helps you interrupt your thinking patterns and give you control over your mind, even if only briefly.
I heard this while listening to a talk on meditation, and I was blown away by the effect it had. It created a bit of space from the usual clamour of thoughts in my mind, it felt a bit like the sun breaking through cloud on the horizon. When I asked myself "What my next thought will be?", I realised it could be whatever I wanted, I could pick and choose, or just not have any at all!
Nice to know I don't always have to listen to the negative things my thoughts sometimes tell me!
Try it for yourself and let me know how you get on. :)
"When the mind is empty, silent, when it is in a state of complete negation - which is not blankness, nor the opposite of being positive, but a totally different state in which all thought has ceased - only then is it possible for that which is unnameable to come into being." - Jiddu Krishnamurti
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