You see, I’ve been a little stressed lately. The reasons don’t really matter, but provide it to say, I’ve had nightmares, early wake-ups, and mild sets of panic attacks in frequent repeats.
It’s a really interesting thing, as a yoga teacher, to be in stress. I meditate regularly, I connect to my guidance, but it doesn’t actually take away stress. I’ve created a self-imposed belief that I am not supposed to feel stress, I am supposed to always be peaceful, and I live in a magical bubble of meditation and yoga where nothing can bother me. As I write that, I do realize how ridiculous it sounds, but it can feel so real in my mind.
So, today, along with meditation, I’ve found a few other ways to chill myself out.
This is the newest way I’ve found – cleaning. I haven’t always been neat, but since returning in December, I’ve made a huge effort to keep our house quite tidy, and have done a really great job. Today was no exception.
I cleaned the kitchen…
And did the laundry.
Another thing I did was to play with the pup.
Is she hilarious? The sunnies didn’t bother her at all – I had to take them off her! I took her for a fun walk, and it was so nice to just amble around.
I also read – Graham Kerr’s Growing at the Speed of Life, all about starting a kitchen garden. He’s quite funny, and it’s a good introductory text, if a bit basic after some of the other books I’ve read recently (which I’ll be listing and reviewing soon.)
I prayed. Prayer is not a new tool for me, in fact, I use it several times per day. But today my prayer of “Thy will, not mine, be done” was on repeat. And, as always, it helped. Thank Goodness.
Now, it’s evening, dinner is in the oven, and it’s time to sign off. Perhaps these tools will inspire you to find a bit of calmness in your day.