You can’t have peace if you are running on fumes…

Let’s face it, if you want to get along with others, you need to get along with yourself.  And sometimes we make ourselves so nutty, that it seems impossible to get along with anyone.  Although, the mind will tell us it is them who are not acting right!

When we make ourselves busy, we squeeze out the opportunity to truly connect with ourselves and others.  Furthermore, the adrenaline that is released when we rush around is highly addictive and therefore, we perpetuate the cycle.

Unless we quiet the mind, we run on compulsion: to be rushed, to overeat, to play videos games or browse for hours, in short: to tune out.

I know that being busy is actually my mindfulness bell, or wake up call.  If I am rushing around from one thing to another, I can take a breath and ask, “Is there a feeling I am avoiding? How about something I don’t feel like being real about?”

When the mind and body are always busy, it is hard to penetrate that fortress!  We think: I am too busy to quiet my mind!  I don’t have time to meditate.

Ok, how about 3 minutes?  Can you create a three-minute window in which to quiet your mind?

This three-minute exercise can completely change your day.  Even if you only have 30 seconds right now, just try it so that when you have three minutes, you already have a little experience of it.

  1. Stand up with your hands along side the body, palms face the thighs.
  2. As you inhale from the belly, raise your hands up with straight arms as if you are making a snow angel.  Raise your straight arms all the way up until the backs of your hands touch above your head.
  3. Exhale as you deliberately and gracefully lower your arms down to your thighs again.
  4. Repeat, each time stretching the arms away from the body in a deliberate and graceful manner.

This exercise activates the lower third of the lungs, which gives a happy response in the body.  It also activates the nervous system which when strong, is a natural yet permeable protective force field.  When it is firing correctly, it allows for us to go out onto the front lines of love and life with vulnerability without getting trampled.

Food for your Soul:

Are you willing to take a few minutes for yourself so that you can go out into the world and interact in a meaningful and loving way with every life that you touch?



One Response to “You can’t have peace if you are running on fumes…”
  1. Ruth says:

    Thank you for the wonderful tip, Sarah. It just did it now and felt so much better! I love how you say that one way to know we’re not getting along with our selves is by noticing if we’re not getting along with others. :) My life is enriched by your life.

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