“Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Oh oh. I just spent some of my ‘spare moments’ eating panettone, drinking English Breakfast tea (I ran out of chai and this is my backup tea as I use it to make kombucha) and counting how many tabs I have open on the computer – 19. Oh Friday. So when I post this I am going to open another tab – 20 – and do a guided meditation in an effort to ‘guard well my spare moments as they are uncut like diamonds’ and need to be treated well. If you want to join me, try this free guided meditation. It’s 10 minutes long and you get to lie down if you want to! I’m then going to talk to Angel Metatron about getting motivated, organised and prioritising my ‘to do list’ but that’s a whole other story…
I hear it all the time (and not just in my own head when I wake up by the ‘mama! mama! mummy!’ call). Personally I don’t have a great track record when it comes to sleeping. Nightmares for as long as I can remember (and no I haven’t grown out of them yet!), back pain, shift-work, pregnancy, breastfeeding relentlessly for 2 years (as in every 1.5-2 hours over night) and now hormone imbalance caused by chronic sleep deprivation (hello ‘that hospital visit’). Oh and I can’t forget the full moon (we truly are connected to everything around us)!
Even when someone doesn’t admit to being tired it shows up elsewhere…baggy eyes, quick to get angry, feeling flat, anxiety, coffee+++, the list goes on.
I would love to hear from you about what keeps you from getting decent sleep! And anything you do that helps (even if it doesn’t solve everything). So leave a comment below and who knows how many people will find your tips useful!
Oooooo. Feelings. Such a fun topic! Who likes TALKING about their feelings?! Who enjoys FEELING their feelings? This will always be a work in progress for me and I’m grateful for good quality tools to do this. I’m so glad I stumbled upon Danielle Laporte and was able to borrow a copy of The Desire Map. So I’ve been ‘desire-mapping’ and last night I finally got down to my 5 core desired feelings. I was going to keep this private (think post-it note to self) but I thought taking it public will help me stay accountable. So here they are in no particular order of importance.
open. connected. love. freedom. vibrant.
And here’s what I’ll do today to connect me to my core desired feelings: Let someone know how much I believe in them…Talk to another mum I barely know about what she’s struggling with…Take my shoes off and walk barefoot on the earth…Work on my online business…Lie down to meditate. While I’m writing this I can see that all my 5 core desired feelings can actually be brought back to my meditation practice. This is how my meditation practice makes me feel:
Oh how I wanted to scream back at my 2yo having an epic meltdown in our bedroom this morning. Cause of epic meltdown? She couldn’t decide what to wear. It took over half an hour to get dressed for her music class (I say class but really it’s lots of running around, pretending to be trains, a jam session and sneaking into each others bags to find food).
I picked her off our wooden floorboards half naked and held her. Even though I wanted to scream, I let out 3 loud long OMs instead (stuff the neighbours!). She went quiet and hugged me back. Wow. I’ve tried the screaming back – who hasn’t in that crazy moment? – and it DOES NOT FEEL GOOD. And it definitely doesn’t result in a ‘huggie’ from my daughter. I’m so thankful I found yoga even though for a LONG time I did not do ‘that omming thing’. I thought it was too woo-woo. I also thought meditation was too woo-woo for me! But it is the flow on effects of taking up yoga and I love it. If you have 10 minutes, try this non-woowoo guided meditation I have made. It’s free AND you get to lie down. If you don’t have 10 minutes but need a lift or a release of some kind? Try the loud OMs – the louder and longer the better in the crazy moments 😉
I just listened to Doreen Virtue live from Hawaii for her “Calming and Soothing Meditation and Prayer” session. In it she mentions that “stress is an option” and that we all need to develop a stress management plan. Because there is no use in us being stressed! I can vouch for that – chronic stress lead me to burnout in the past and what did that achieve? Nothing. I was no use to anyone let alone myself! So why not do one thing today and see if it fits with your personal stress management plan! Doreen mentioned gentle yoga (yay! that’s definitely for me!), breathing, drinking water, gentle music and meditation. I‘m hooked on guided meditation so I now develop my own – try this short free guided meditation where all you have to do is lie down, close your eyes and listen for 10 minutes. And I’m going to add drinking more water to my stress management plan. Write a comment below and let me know what you do to manage your stress – I’d love to know!