210. Calm down.

Aira Force Waterfall, March 2013

You’re feeling overwhelmed. Your to-do list seems never ending. With every one thing struck off, two others get added on.

It doesn’t seem like it’ll slow down anytime soon.

More is being added to your plate. Here’s another assignment due at the end of the week. Oh and let’s not forget the quiz tomorrow. Are you done with your part for the group presentation?

Stop. Breathe in. Breathe out.

Take wudhu’ (ablution) and do your prayers.

And if you’re open to the idea, try meditation.

Anyone can practice meditation. It’s simple and can be done wherever you are — whether you’re in front of the laptop at home or in the office, going for a walk in the park, in the toilet, whatever.
I’ve done this while overlooking the Alhambra, while in a park in Berlin surrounded by empty bottles, in my room on the floor….

Meditation was originally meant to help deepen understanding of the sacred and mystical forces of life. These days, meditation is commonly used for relaxation and stress reduction.

This is what I do:

  • Take few deep breaths.
  • For 5 minutes, simply watch the movement of your breath. Don’t make any efforts to change the pattern of your breathing. Simply keep watching it. Inhale and exhale gently.
  • Bring your awareness to the heart. Acknowledge your feelings and thoughts. Acknowledge the presence of your loved ones and even those who you may hold a grudge against.
  • While keeping the awareness on your heart, set your intention to let go and release everything from your consciousness.
  • Empty your mind. For the next few minutes, be in the present as much as possible. Don’t think.
  • While still taking deep breaths, open your eyes slowly and focus on a point. As you reenter the everyday, keep the calm and remember that you are meant to be human & to live every moment fully. Take each thing as it comes and strive to be as productive and efficient.

The first time you try this will be awkward. It will be hard to empty your mind of chaos and things-to-do(s). Your first time might last less than 2 minutes. Take it slow but keep going. Keep trying to stop and listen to you.

Good luck. 🙂



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