Doing things differently since the Carter Administration
The older I get, the more fidgety I become. From the moment I wake up to the time I go to sleep, my mind and my body are working overtime.
The same technology that can plague my beta or delta or whatever waves is the same technology that led me and my husband to find the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. We’ve been listening to its guided meditations and we are so glad we did.
I haven’t practiced a lot of meditation (except for some yoga) and, after two days of 5 to 10 minutes a day, I could already tell a difference both mentally and physically! It’s really hard to pinpoint exactly, but I noticed I could find a more relaxed state of mind in my day and it was nice feeling like I was doing something good for ME (…even the simple act of saying thank-you to myself).
As a beginner, I’ll admit that some of the meditations are challenging – even ones that are focused on breathing and nothing but the breath. I think one of my favorite types of meditations so far is to focus on a part of my body that feels good – or at least neutral – and also focus on a part of my body that feels negative or painful, and to accept both for what they are.
Everyone has a rocky road in life sometimes, and sometimes the most therapeutic remedies can be reincorporating the little things we forget to do each day that make us feel well-balanced and healthy.
Here’s to one step at a time.