This morning I sat in the sandpit with Maui just Digging, Observing, Thinking and Being. I sat there and thought about the blog that needed to be written and the newsletter that needed to be done. I thought how I could get up and do it in that moment knowing that Maui would be pulling at me, ripping at the laptop, drawing on the laptop and how it would be a frustrating chore. I decided to sit and be in the moment and that I would do it at a better time when I could be more present with my work. I felt my body ease, I felt my throat relax and my mind become calm. I realised in this moment that if I allow myself to relax now my work later will actually be better. I will be more focused, I will be calmer, I will be able to write with peace and clear clarity. I realised that I could just get things done because they needed to get done or I could get things done a little later with motivation and ease.
It made me think about how everything we do can be soo rushed and just trying to get task after task done without stopping for a second to take a breath, be present and move on to the next task when your mind is less busy.
We could complete each task with frustration, stress and in a rush or we could take a few minutes to breathe and do something we enjoy and attend to the task later and compete that task at a higher, less stressed standard.
Now I know when you have kids it’s all about time limits and when can I get that next job done. But what is this actually doing to our mental health? Acknowledging that maybe only 1 task a day might get done and being a more present, calm mother is much better than doing 10 jobs, hating your life, resenting your kids and feeling exhausted. Now don’t get me wrong I still have days like this but most days you just have to say f*** it!! (excuse the French) but when you let go of the unrealistic super mum you open yourself up to bigger and greater things. Your mind becomes clear and your world becomes lighter.
The way you breathe has a massive effect on how you take on a task. When you can control your breath, you can navigate through anything in life. Your breath is the most powerful tool you can have when you know how to work it properly. The thing that changes in all situations when you are stressed, worried, happy, sad, anxious or excited is your breath, without you even realising. Your breath has the power to determine how you take on a task. If you can control your breath you can control your body’s ability to get through difficult tasks.
The best way to navigate your breath and make daily tasks simpler is to meditate. Even if you meditate for 5 minutes. All you have to do is focus on your breath. Breathe into your belly, breathe deeply and slowly out. Repeat and relax your body. Relax your shoulders, your throat, your fingers and your toes, become calm and light. When you can take power over the way your body is in that moment you can take power over stressful and hard situations. Practice this daily and you will be a whole new person ready to take on the world! This will do far more than rushing to your next job and doing that job at 50%.
-Get a meditation app
-Read the book ‘Think Like A Monk’
-Create a space just for you