Ah, the life of our tiny dog. He can find a comfy bed any time, any place.
I have much to learn from him.
He doesn’t need to be told when it’s time to take a break. He simply stops moving and rests. I don’t seem to have this simple process figured out yet.
There are times when my body takes over and forces me to rest. By then it’s too late, and it’s not really rest but recovery.
My mind never seems to rest. I have become better at finding calming activities, but it is still humming away in the background, not stopping, just refocusing.
To be more like my dog, I’m going to try a few new things. Not really new - I’ve done them before. But I’m going to try to do them more regularly. Here is the first one:
I have started and stopped meditating multiple times over the years, with varying degrees of success. I enjoy it, and although I haven’t had what I would call a breakthrough or enlightenment, I do notice a sense of connectedness that is peaceful after I have done it for a few days. Source of inspiration:
Resolve to Evolve from Adriene Mishler - I have used her free yoga videos for a couple of years to start my day, and I love her style, her attitude and her energy. She is a gem, and your time is well spent exploring her YouTube channel.
Guided Meditations by Jason Stephenson - I found Jason’s videos on YouTube one day, and I listen to his Sleep…Float Amongst the Stars and Before Sleep when my mind is particularly volatile. I enjoy listening to his voice, although I know that is a personal preference. If his voice is not right for you, keep looking for one that is. Some popular guided meditations turned me off because I couldn’t get past the voice - keep looking until you find one that works for you.
Epic Space Music - not a traditional meditation soundtrack, but I find that having some sounds in my ears helps my mind calm down. The three volumes of Epic Space Music by Mortifer V are on my Space playlist and last for 5 hours - not that I meditate that long, but I can use this as background music while I work as well.
Finding ways to keep a calm space around me, even if the work I’m doing is less than calm, helps keep my mind from ramping up to a state that tenses my whole body. My goal is to get to a point where I notice when it’s time to take a break with my dog and find more time for rest as well.