Perhaps many of us can agree; life is busy, fast and complicated, with little bits of napping and eating in between.
For some of us, it can get even busier over the holidays; Family, travel, cooking, cleaning…It's the perfect recipe for excitement, fun, and stress.
If this sounds like you - holidays or otherwise - here's a quick fix mindfulness meditation that can be done in 3 minutes (or longer if you have the time!) no matter where you are.
EMERGENCY TOOL KIT MEDITATION
Step 1. Five Deep Breaths
Go somewhere quiet (if possible, if not, no worries)
Take 5 deep breaths
On the inhale, think 'peace'.
Exhale, think 'calm'
2. Pay Attention
Relax into your space and sit (or stand) with every sensation; every sound, smell, emotion or anything else that comes up. Let it exist without your interference. It is as it is.
Without judgement. Without criticism. Without attaching meaning.
For 1 minute, just be.
3. Breathe Head to Toe
Close your eyes if it's safe to do so. Breathe in and out slowly.
Imagine the breath soothing and relaxing you, melting away stress.
As you inhale, imagine the breath rising to your head.
On the exhale, imagine the breath reaching all the way down to your toes.
Back up to the head. Down again, all the way to the toes.
Your breath is clearing the way for relaxation, for non-judgement, and for calm.
With each breath you're more relaxed, with each meditation you're training your mind!
We all deserve a win. It's the holidays, after all.
Breathe Deeply Friends~