Stay Awake. Remember to Listen. Breathe.
That’s it. Today I am trying to stay awake. When I come to and realize I have been caught up thinking about something that happened in the past or may happen in the future, I stop and get back to the moment at hand.
I am trying to listen. I can’t learn when I am talking, or when my mind is full of the buzzing chatter that drowns out the present and sends my mind spinning with what if’s and must do’s.
I am trying to breathe deeply and release all that I don’t need. Moving through fear, doubt, anger and anxiety is much more possible with a body and mind calmed by great big inhales and nice slow exhales.
I took a yoga class a few years ago in which I thought I would lose my mind. That was because for the full 90 minutes the instructor kept saying, “Innhhhhhhhhhhhayyyyyyyyyyyle…….Exxxxxxxhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhale.” The bizarre pronunciation and the nonstop repetition were beyond grating. I seriously thought I might have to jump her and toss her down the stairs. But, she was right. When you are in the middle of it you just need to really concentrate on those innhhhhhhhhayyyyyyles and exxxxxhhhhhhhhhhales!