Hello my lovelies! Last night I woke up ravenous and my tummy was rumbling for a midnight snack. I rarely indulge at this hour, but I heeded my bod’s demands and snuck down to the couch with some Mary’s crackers and almond butter. As I crunched happily, I began to hear a pair of Great Horned Owl’s hooting away. I listened to them as I ate my snack, amazed that their deep-toned conversation went on for 30 minutes, and very close to our house! I finished my snack, read a little inspiring story, and went back to bed, sleeping peacefully until my youngest dog decided to wake me up by flipping my hiking boot around, saying “Yo! Wake up! Time for our walk!” This peaceful night and morning vibe is the norm for me now, but it wasn’t always this way.
I am a driven person by nature, I’ve got tons of energy and I get stuff done. But this drive is a knife’s edge, and if I get overly busy I head to burn-out quickly. Throughout college and grad school, I’d wake up and immediately my mind would begin spinning. I’d attempt to relax and enjoy waking up, but by the time I crawled out of bed I’d be mentally exhausted and physically wired to negativity and over-thinking everything. Not fun for Gita, or my loved ones!
Eventually all this tension wore me to a nub; something had to give. I’d been doing yoga and visualizations for years, but realized I needed to dig my well of holistic pursuit deeper if I wanted to quench the burning pit of anxiety that resided in my stomach.
Just 5 minutes!
Enter morning meditation. Out of sheer frustration, I woke up every morning, sat up in bed, and meditated for 5 minutes. I’d use all kinds of guided meditations I found at the local bookstore, it was pre-Amazon and iTunes days, now it’s even easier to access these materials! Having a structured time period, and someone else to guide me through the exercise was crucial to my success. 5 minutes, that’s was how I started! Like water wearing away rock this daily practice helped me feel more steady and grounded.
I’ve noticed a magical alchemy that happens as I sit on my blanket yet again, in complete silence, watching the stored traumas and dramas my mind creates. For those moments I don’t have to do anything about my anxious thoughts. No ‘to-do’ list needs to be generated, I don’t have to share it with other people, I don’t have to actively pursue being any different than I am, I don’t have to react. It’s very freeing. Sometimes change comes out of this non-judgemental awareness of my own mental state, but most times it just feels like sweet relief that I can sit there with how things are, and let it be all good.
How you can feel some peace in just 5 minutes!
You don’t have to take my word for it, you can try it for yourself, for free! Just click here for my free 5 minute breath meditation.
You can do it right now, or make a date with yourself to try it out before bed tonight. Go for it! I know your mental and physical health is important to you, and it’s important to me, too. Join me in five minutes of peace….ahhhh….I feel better already.
Some freebies to help you:
Here’s a cool meditation timer, if your an Apple kinda user
Here’s some cool free meditations by one of my favorite inspirational guys, Deepak Chopra
Here's my cool free meditation
All peace to you,
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