Simple Tools

Meditate:   Sit comfortably with a tall spine. Rest your hands palms up on your lap. Feel the flow of your breath and then count each breath from 1 to 10 and 10 back down to 1. Slowly open your eyes and notice how you feel.

Walk: Stroll rather than power walking and listen. Really listen to the sounds in the park, on the mountain, or in your neighborhood. Stroll and see. Really see the gentle breeze in the trees or the ways the sun casts its shadows. Stroll and feel. Really feel the movement of your legs and feet, your arms, and your breath.

Eat: Notice the colors and smells of your food. Chew slowly and taste the flavors. Share meals with friends and talk about the food and beverages. What are your favorite flavors and colors of foods? What about textures? Do you like crisp, crunchy, creamy, chunky? (Be sure to include sufficient healthy fluids to hydrate the body.)

Rest: For at least 5 minutes, sit in a comfortable chair and put your feet up or lay down with your feet slightly higher than the back of your head. Close your eyes, feel your breath, and be aware of your body gently releasing into the chair or sofa. Feel your body soften into the support you are giving it. Appreciate that feeling. Learn it.

Laugh: Even when forced, laughter stimulates the release of healing chemicals in the body. It eases the mind and comforts the heart.

Do a little: It is not necessary to change your entire life in a day. Choose one thing to try on each day. For example, if you run or power walk regularly, choose one day a week to stroll instead. This allows your muscles to recover while enhancing mindfulness and relaxing the mind and emotions. Another day do a simple meditation before work or before turning off the light at night. Five things are listed here so do one a day each week for two or three weeks. What are the benefits? What do you like to do best? Incorporate those things more than once a week and slowly build new practices or rituals that enhance the quality of your internal and external life.

Let it be easy. Love yourself. Namaste.

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2 thoughts on “Simple Tools

  1. Important suggestions that I will try and incorporate into my daily rituals whenever possible. Thank you Catherine💓🙏💓

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