Do you ever feel like you need a moment in your day…something to help you refresh, refocus and recharge? There are days where I think the world is moving so fast and we are going from activity to activity and I want it all to slow down. I want to be mindful of my life and be thankful.
I decided to try meditation for 5 minutes during my lunch break each day this past week. I have read a couple of great books on meditation/prayer/mindfulness and it is all a simple way to slow your mind and relax. I recommend these books but will be looking for more to read. I love to read Self Help books in between my faith centered books. Of course throw in some craft/baking books and I feel well balanced: HA!
Mindfulness Made Simple by Calistoga Press and Prayer and Meditation by Eunice Greene. My favorite faith filled book is by Holley Gerth: You are Made for a God Sized Dream.
There are three simple steps to help you feel calm and focused throughout the day: Find Calm, Breathe and focus on something beautiful and positive. It sounds corny but believe me, when you take a moment to feel happy when you have a stressful day, over time you will know how to work through your stress quicker and see beauty in little details of life. Now this is my first week but I will document my journey for you.
Let me set the scene for my experience:
lights out…Marshall Styler’s soft piano music playing in the background(I can’t have total silence) and a few drops of peppermint essential oil sprayed in the air(mix the oil with water and put in a sprayer bottle=heaven!) I believe aromatherapy is key in changing your mood. Peppermint does it for me but you might be more of a lavender girl.
I start by finding a place in my room away from any distraction…like my computer. Second, I close my eyes and picture a beautiful memory which is at the beach with my family. While I am picturing this place, I take slow deep breaths. My last breath really pushes all the air out of my diaphragm. If you walked into my room you would think I am in pain because to really get the air out, you have to make a loud noise(AHHHH).It is completely worth it if you have never tried it.
Next I say a little prayer or just have a quick one on one with God and then move on to relaxing my body. I literally see my muscles loosening around my neck and shoulders(where I carry all my tension). I move through my body and let go. This sounds easy but it took me all week to be able to focus without those thoughts creeping in(email looming, clean up, etc.). When you have a thought creep in, visualize pushing the thought out to deal with later, like swiping away a screen on your phone. This is your time and you will become a much more calm and positive person.
This was my first week but I will keep documenting any changes I make or obstacles that come my way. I honestly felt more relaxed and more focused this week. I would love to hear your thoughts on mindfulness/meditation. Happy Sunday to You!
Here is a recipe to help you relax when you get home:
This recipe uses a mint fragrance to help revive and rev up your energy level. Peppermint is good for jet lag too. If you have sinus problems and allergies you can replace peppermint in this recipes for eucalyptus. Morning is the best time for this blend buy I use peppermint during the day for my meditation time.
Invigorating Peppermint Spray
- 2 cups mineral water
- The juice from 1 lemon
- 2-3 drops peppermint oil
Combine in a bowl. Pour some into spray bottle and uses an all-over body spritz – hair included for a stimulating peppermint pick me up. Pour the remainder in to a warm bath and hop in. You should feel invigorated and energized after 15 minutes and ready for your day! I also love to make a rose water spray to use on my face. Simply omit the lemon and peppermint and use 5-6 drops of rose water(HEB and Whole Foods has these.)