If Not Here, Where?

One of the biggest things I’m working on personally this year is not living with the feeling of “I’ve got to be somewhere else” or “I’ve got a million things to do.” Our society really celebrates busy-ness and rushing around, and women especially are expected to go-go-go with to-do lists galore. I bought into this for years, but now I see it for what it is: a lack of being present.

You and I can accomplish just as much without being in a “panic mode” if only we drop into the body in the moment. Easier said than done, you may say, but I’ve been doing it. Here’s how: 
1. First, I’m early to things. I give myself time to get places. I had a zoom call the other day and logged on 20minutes before it was supposed to start and it really did create a touch of serenity. 
2. I do mini-breathing meditations throughout the day. They are simply moments when I just focus on my breath. Often, the act of focusing on breathing deepens it and slows it down (which is great for the nervous system!). 
3. I don’t “bite off more than I can chew” and I make sure I have plenty of “me” time. This takes a bit of self-awareness and maturity, I think, because you have to know yourself in order to know what you need – and that comes with age, but start by having a chunk of time each day where you schedule nothing

For this week, let’s not rush. Let’s not feel frazzled by the demands of the day. Let’s instead, breathe and be present and feel and experience life in the here and now. 

The lines are blurred. Today’s fitness business is the wellness business because while physical health is such a big deal, it’s one’s mental and spiritual health that completes the package.