Burning the Candle At Both Ends
Everyone is in a hurry to go somewhere and do something—from the minute you wake in the morning until you rest your head upon your pillow to sleep. We are busy individuals. People to see, places to go. There never seems to be enough hours in a day to accomplish all we feel we must.
We push ourselves to maintain the status quo of what is expected. Some days are more challenging than others and they begin to take their toll on our mind, body and spirit. Obstinate people, deadlines and disappointments batter our psyche. The inundation of stress weakens our resistance. We succumb to the constant worries of going along to get along. The “What if this?,” the “Oh no’s” and the “You’ve got to be kidding me” scenarios increase to an insurmountable level. Only when we are at the end of our rope, drained and depressed, do we recognize our need for balance.
Practical Methods of Relaxation
Most peoples first thought is to take a well-deserved vacation. Time off and away from the hectic pace. Relax and decompress in some soothing environment like the beach or the mountain terrain. Escape from reality if only for a week.
However, many of us are not that fortunate to have the capability to drop our responsibilities and/or afford the luxury of a tropical getaway. Some of us will make do with a more practical and cost-effective method such as a day at the spa—pampering galore with steam baths, massage and pedicures.
If this method doesn’t fit into the budget, one must be more creative with options. For example, this is why meditation is becoming mainstream and highly regarded as a technique for its restorative elements.
The Universal Remedy For Stress
Meditation is affordable and accessible. Two very good reasons to apply meditation into your everyday life. Meditation consists of and delivers every aspect of decompression, relaxation and peace that one could ask for.
The only problem with this suggestion is convincing certain people to give it a try and to diligently stick to a routine until they experience its valuable results. Those who snob their noses at the idea seem to think it is entirely too time-consuming. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, you do not need to sit quietly for hours as a monk in training to reap the benefits.
Another huge stumbling block that hinders involvement in this practice is that many who have given it a whirl mention that they cannot adjust or stop their inner dialogue. They become frustrated with inner chatterings of the mind. A common theme of inner chatter seems to consist of self-critical commentary. They get caught up in the negative self-talk. Thoughts race through the brain like “I need to get laundry done, “Why can’t I quiet my mind?,” “I must be stupid or slow,” or “I’m bored.”
Now they are turned off and want to quit. However, this is the perfect opportunity to expand your consciousness and learn a life lesson about inner dialogue. Recognize what you are saying and the effect it is having upon your spirit.
Redirect those thoughts with an application of a positive nature. For example, “I am learning something new,” “I give to myself the gift of compassion,” or “Don’t worry, be happy.” This reassuring self-talk will encourage not discourage.
Restoring Your Zen
If the inner chatter enters, acknowledge it and let it go. Replace it and comfort yourself with uplifting and loving thoughts. Then return to concentrating on your breath. Intentionally breathe deeper than normal. Transmit all attention to the rise and fall of your chest. With every inhale, visualize positivity in. On the exhale, be willing to release all negativity.
Align your breath and heart rhythms. Feel the stress dissipate. Enjoy the shift of your balanced emotional state. Allow your physical being to submerge itself into the tranquility. Embrace this euphoric moment of becoming calm, relaxed and peaceful.
Can you hear the pounding surf? Can you feel the ocean breeze? Can you smell the salty air?
So if you want to get your Zen on, try meditation. It is just as efficient if not more so than an expensive vacation. You can do it at any time, anywhere and without draining your bank account. Who knew?
About the Author
Kaylee is a co-founder of Mind Body Spiritual Awareness. She has been mindfully aware of and practicing her psychic abilities since she was a child. Led by her spirit guides, Kaylee has obtained a vast wealth of knowledge and experience with the ethereal realm and alternative modalities of energy healing. Kaylee is a shamanic healer and New Age artist.