The world is a stressful, hectic place. You get up early and run around. You look for your keys, the lost shoe, the lunch you hurriedly packed or your microwave meal because you gave up, and then you fly out the door. Did you remember to kiss the kids? Lock the door? When is the meeting? What do you have first thing on your plate? Are you running late? Hurry. Hurry. Hurry. Get to the next moment as quickly as you can. Then the next. Then wish for lunch. And wish for the meeting, the boring meeting, to be over. Then wish you were home. Then do it all again the next day.
Just typing this out made me stressed to be honest. I remember that my days consisted of being miserable at work, not with the ones I loved, the kids, but the way I had to go about it. The lack of “mental aloneness” I had. The way that each and every moment was a carefully orchestrated dance between being “fappy”, << another of my made up words, and being “real”. How could I live my life and do this when my heart wasn’t in it anymore? How could I create more peace in my life?
As I talked to a friend of mine yesterday, I realized that this is still going on in the world today. Maybe you love your job, but maybe you don’t. Either way, you might not be creating opportunities for peace in your daily life. I gave a talk today about that and you are welcome to >> watch my video, << but it all comes down to these 6 points.
6 tips to use daily to ease into peace:
- Have some go-to music!! On my video chat, I mentioned that I like to play Native American Flute Music. It calms my soul like a balm and it wraps around me like a thick fur as I start to feel the music. I immediately feel at home and at peace within my body as that music plays. It is how I start most of my yoga classes for that very reason. I don’t know if my soul is recognizing some deep pull, but I don’t question it. I just let it flow over my like water and relax into the moment. The present moment.
- Center yourself daily. When I ask people if they have dropped into their body lately, I usually get funny looks. Where are they spending their time? In their heads. The mind chatter is unreal…or the digital chatter. Either way, new people in my classes are not present…at first. All it takes is one class with me (usually) and I can tell the next time how they are ready to do the work on the inside. A friend recently came to one of my classes and she said “Aimee, I didn’t want to come out tonight because I was so stressed, and so tired from work, but I knew I needed it. I am so glad I came out and did your class as I feel so much better.” Sometimes the work is hard, and that’s okay. But you will feel better once you start.
- Candles, salt lamps and water features…oh my! If you work in an office that allows you to spruce up your desk, what are you waiting for? Have some things you can turn on that are visible reminders of staying present in this moment, and teach you to relax. Check these out as they come in different themes!! Super cute gift idea.
4. The sense of smell…aromatherapy, can be beneficial to bringing your mood to a balanced state. I have a >> necklace like this << that I use on my desk. But it is up to you how much you want to have around you. If you have the space, I also like >> this set that comes complete << with everything you need. Many people have tried to convince me to use certain kinds, but I look for the ones that say 100% essential oils and I read up on them. I have used many different types, and you will find your favorites as well.
5. Yoga, yoga, and chair yoga at your desk. I can’t really put this in perspective as I think people around me forget how I couldn’t really function in my day-to-day life in 2013. If you go back and read my archives on the side >> and jump to any year from 2011-2014, you will read a different me. When I started yoga, I couldn’t even hold down dog as it hurt my wrists way too much. I didn’t think I was going to be able to make a recovery from joint pain, fibromyalgia, autoimmune and more. But I did. Use the search under any of those tags and you can read how bad off I was. I took my knowledge of yoga for pain and arthritis and I put it to good use in my >> Head|Heart|Health Club, << which currently is a great deal at only $9.99 a month. I put my heart and soul into my lessons for my members and include over 8 yoga poses that are broken down for beginners. I would love to have you try it out and see what you think.
6. Meditation and calming mudras. Meditation can be anything to be honest. Try>> this one I recorded live, << and yes, I know it looks like I go through a snow storm during part of it, but seriously, you can hear me and it’s a new word I created yet again. It is a coffee “graditation” and it helps me remember what a blessing it is to even have coffee and hot water. Just sit quietly at your desk and repeat a mantra, or healing phrase, as needed like “I am in the present moment.” and breathe deeply for a round of 3. It can be that simple. Bring your hands to heart center and use prayer hands or Anjali mudra to just offer yourself that time of peace and tranquility your mind craves.
Want a bit more? Check out:
- Practicing the Pause Before You Speak
- 5 Simple Ways to Ground Yourself
- Top 10 Yoga Tips for Beginners