I’m trying something new this week. I should give you the background first though I suppose, otherwise you might think I’ve taken leave of my senses! The last few weeks have been really gruelling. I’d love to pin it down to something dramatic like having to juggle six jobs or being unwell or something like that, but honestly, I think that life can just be like that.
You have weeks that float by, almost unnoticed in their calmness and normalcy, you have weeks that stand out for their sunshine qualities, abundant in laughter and lightness and then you just have weeks that are a bit blah. You know, that feeling of waking up and thinking, ugh. I’m tired. I’ve got to do A, B + C and then get onto D. ugh.
If you don’t have weeks, days or moments like that, then I take my hat off to you! But I’m pretty sure that life does ebb and flow for most of us.
I caught myself in the moment of it on Saturday and thought, “How do I get out of this self-imposed funk?” and quickly reflected that the only thing that seems to give me a solid ass-kicking is meditation on gratitude.
Quite often in class, we’re asked “How do I meditate each day, I just don’t know where to find the time?”…I get it, really.
I’m usually woken to the sounds of “Bah Bahh, Bah, Meeeeeee aeeeegggh Weeee” interspersed with high pitched squealing coming from our son’s room. With that, the day has started and without even realising it, it’s lunchtime, then dinner time and BANG we’re back in bed again.
So, I’ve taken to setting the alarm about 10 minutes earlier than the screaming starts.
Here’s why….I want to start my day being grateful for the screams. I know, it sounds like I’ve actually gone and flipped my lid, but here’s the practice.
Set your alarm 5 minutes before your “day” officially starts.
When you open your eyes, take a minute to get your bearings. Before moving, checking the time or doing anything else, just lie there and pay attention to your physical sensations. The warmth of your body, the relaxed, light and loose feeling of your bones, your head on the pillow. Take a minute to really feel it all. Then, bring your attention to your breath.
Don’t change how you are breathing, just breathe normally, paying attention to the gentle rise and fall of your chest, the air coming in and out of your mouth.
Take a minute or so with this awareness, then bring your mind to #gratitude.
Take a minute to ponder how amazing it is that you woke up this morning. I know it sounds a little odd, but the very fact that your drew a breath this morning is a gift.
We’re all only one breath away from death, so just reflect on how beautiful it is to be given another day.
Another day to love, to live, to laugh. Another day to feel all the feelings that come with having this bag of bones. Another day to make a difference, to give back, to share. Another day of glorious ear splitting high-pitched squealing 😉
Suddenly the words “another day” aren’t weighed down with the sense of routine and funk, but are lightened with joy and #gratitude.
Take one more cleansing breath and then, kick off those covers and grab the day with both hands and “give it a squeeze” 🙂
Have a wonderful week!