In this crazy, busy month, I’m trying to grab moments to breathe and re-center myself. (Cuts down on the drinking.) This is a meditation exercise that you may have heard of, but it’s my favorite right now.
First, find a quiet, comfortable spot to sit. Close your eyes. Relax. Spend a few moments focusing on your breathing and gently quieting your mind. When you’re feeling calm, think about your gratitude – all the things in your life that makes you happy. Think of something your kid said that made you laugh, or a sweet moment with your spouse, or time doing your favorite thing.
Once you really feel your gratitude all around you, smile. Smile with your mouth and your eyes. Imagine that smile spreading throughout your body. Feel the smile in your heart. Then in your core. Feel the smile in your blood spreading out to your fingers and toes. Imagine your joy is glowing out from you and embracing you.
Enjoy this quiet moment with yourself – you’ve certainly earned it.