Photo Credit: Darius Bashar, Unsplash.com

As of this month, I’ve been meditating for 20 minutes a day for seven years. It’s the most important thing I’ve done in my life to increase my happiness, fulfillment, and income.

Meditation’s made me a different person. A better person.

There’s a saying,

“You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day. Unless you’re too busy (insert: stressed, nervous, or anxious), then you should sit for an hour.”

If you know you’re a worrier or future-oriented person, trying some form of getting into the present moment is a proven way to reduce that stress. Meditation’s a great option, and so is dance, EFT, breathing techniques, exercising (e.g. running, walking). It doesn’t have to look like sitting on a meditation cushion cross-legged with forefinger and thumb touching.

And I know not everyone has 20 minutes–let alone an hour–but these days with everything going on we HAVE to find a way to go inward and calm our nervous system down.

My stress levels have come way down since meditating, yet, I still find myself at times living at an amped-up pace that’s unsustainable and unhealthy.

So what did I do? Amped up my meditation practice, taking a technique actors use to open up and be vulnerable to the moment and retrofitting it into my daily morning routine.

I’m just calling it The Release Practice. And it’s simple:

  • Find a place to be comfortable for several minutes (up to 10 minutes).
  • Close your eyes.
  • Check in with your body. Make sure you’re comfortable.
  • Allow your body to release into whatever is supporting you. One section at a time. Release your head, your chest, your belly, and your hips, legs, feet.
  • Can you allow your body to release even more?
  • Even more?
  • Even more? Feel the weight of the body get heavier and heavier.

And that’s it. Allow yourself to release. The question throughout this is, “How soft/vulnerable/open/supple can I be?” And  “do I give permission to allow whatever comes up to come up?”

After practicing this, I realized how much tension I was holding in my body–the tension in the body’s an unprocessed experience–and the body’s your instrument. If you don’t process the feelings, they’re still there. You need to find a way to process this stuff or you’re just carrying them around like a dormant disease.

You may be thinking, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, Christine another practice on top of all the other things I have to do.” Well, my thoughts on that are, you can spend five minutes a day opening up to what is and creating space for what you desire, or spend that five minutes away from doing the same old thing and getting the same old thing in return.

The choice is yours.

Plus, you can opt to do this while you’re waiting in the line at the post office, waiting to pick up your kid, during a commercial while watching TV, at night before you go to bed, during sleep when you wake up and can’t go back. I could go on . . .

Try something different . . . I dare ya!

Until next time, much love and abundance in all its forms.

Photo Credit: Darius Bashar, Unsplash.com