How are you?
No really, how are you?
Chances are if you’ve made time to read this, you’re probably doing ok in the grand scheme of things.
I know so many people who say they don’t get a moment to truly stop and answer the question. Or if they do answer, it’s a surface level checking in, or a conversational reply to keep things moving. But I think it’s really important for us to stop every once in a while (and for long enough), to really honestly answer the question… “How am I?”
It’s no stranger, this topic of busy-ness to me. I live with an extremely busy husband and my family has your typical busy lifestyle. There are certainly times when I feel as though the powers of the universe are sitting back twiddling their thumbs and waiting for the penny to drop. Because for all the frenetic pacing around and rushing to and from work, home, school, shopping, after school activities, errands, appointments, and on the list goes, there is barely enough time in the day to sit down and reflect upon why it is we even do all this stuff.
Does the busy lifestyle make us happier? Are we smarter for it? Do we have more comfortable lives because of the hurrying? Perhaps we are more financially comfortable than families were in the past (?), but since I’m not an economist, I couldn’t say. As a therapist, what I do know is that many people feel like they’re on the mouse wheel and that they would LOVE to jump off but they don’t know what might happen if they did. It might actually be too scary a thought.
So while throwing in the job, or the schooling, or even the extra curricular stuff might not be an option for you or your family, I am suggesting we ALL jump off the mouse wheel every single day, even if it’s just for 5 minutes! ….. to meditate.
Yes, that’s my little gem for this week’s post and I hope you’ll join me in setting yourself up for a wonderful and better life by taking on this challenge.
Meditation is not only good for the soul, I would go so far as to say it is essential for wellbeing on all levels. Meditation is one of the most effective ways of calming us, switching us into the parasympathetic nervous system. Here we are restful. We can digest and therefore absorb our food better, which is great news for all of our cells which need the nutrients. We are less stressed and anxious, more relaxed and Harvard neuroscientists say we even have more grey matter when we meditate. I certainly experience greater mental clarity and thinking and problem solving skills when I’ve taken some time to meditate each day.
Subsequently, this affords us greater self awareness which increases our emotional intelligence and makes us more understanding and compassionate in our relationships, not just with others, but with ourselves too.
In fact, when we meditate, the whole planet stands to gain, because the ripple effect that our wellbeing creates is eternal. And sooner or later, that kindness you showed, or that good deed you did, or that extra bit of patience you found, will come back to you.
So go take five and get meditating! It’s SO worth the time.