Re-calibrate and stop the madness.
We hear a lot of talk about stillness and peace, but the question is; where to find “it”, how to achieve “it” or when will “it” be available to me. The answer lies in testing a variety of ways till one day you find the perfect method for mindfulness; increase your blood flow and heart rate. Design a lifestyle for health.
We sit at our computers uninterrupted for hours, we rush from grocery stores to cooking, and we shoot around in our cars endlessly. We are moving, sitting, walking, planning, or talking all day long with a million things on our mind and responsibilities to attend to. How to stop the madness is tricky! Can I make a suggestion?
The Tai Chi practitioners say lying down is for healing, sitting is for enlightenment, and standing is for strength. The other night I heard someone talking on the radio and they suggested standing still for 2 minutes, still as stone. A few minutes of deep, focused breathing is better than jogging or going to a therapist. Sounded like fluff, but I wondered.
If we try this during available moment throughout the day, the benefits are enormous. The result is lowering blood pressure,better blood flow, focused mind, stilling the spirit, promoting health and calming the emotions. If we believe we are mind, light and molecules’, remembering to be still 2 minutes as often as you can. The practice will help us. Two minutes every hour over twelve hours comes to 24 minutes.
It takes you 24 minutes to wash the car or to upload a program on the computer. Anyone can employ this much time for a healthy lifestyle.
Take a moment, make breathing sacred time to re-calibrate and stop the madness. Waiting in line, while you make the coffee, after you hang up the phone, after someone leaves your house, make a practice to stand still and digest, readjust to the next incoming moment.
Set the bell chime on your cell phone to remind you, get up from the computer or walk into the hall outside the office, and look out the window. Ask your friends to join you, or your children. Two minutes requires between 10 and 30 breath repetitions, depending on the person, count your breath and see.
Breathing mindfully can do amazing things for our bodies’ blood flow and heart rate.
I can tell you this technique is not any easier than any other. Little by little, the potential for establishing more mindfulness, regulating the emotions, induces more oxygen flow throughout the body and can help adjust the speed with which we all seem to be moving. You must admit it is pretty fast these days! Breath!
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