This week I’m giving myself a break from writing. Over the next two months, I will be integrating worthy posts from my other blog, LauraEarnest.com, in preparation for shutting it down. The next five days will be the first wave of posts to come over.
One of my co-workers is wise beyond her years. She never seems to get flustered. During a recent episode where all was in chaos, she remained serene. I asked her how she did it. Her first reply was glib, but I pressed her further, and she responded that the key to her calmness was taking 10 minutes every morning and night and just breathing.
This is one of the forms of meditation I have come in contact with since studying inner peace, and it does work. You sit quietly and focus on your breath, in and out. It sounds easy, but in fact is rather difficult at first, as your mind will probably wander. When this happens, I have to remember to gently bring my mind back, rather than wrenching it away from the thoughts. The latter, as you can probably guess, is not very peace-like. As a go-to-sleep tape of mine says, “You will have thoughts, but you’re not obliged to think them.”
I can do this type of meditation in the evening with no problem. I find it a nice end to the day, and I generally sleep better after having done it.
However, I can’t do this in the morning. The few times I have attempted it, I have fallen back asleep. It doesn’t matter if I am sitting in bed, in a chair or even outside. I just doze right off.
A few days ago I had some extra time in the morning, and picked up my knitting, which happened to be right by the chair I read in in the morning. This is rather mindless knitting, not something that requires concentration. What I found was that I could concentrate on my breathing without danger of falling asleep because part of my mind and my hands were engaged in something that would not allow me to fall off.
For those of you who may have trouble with early mornings, this might be something to try. Find something you can do that uses your hands actively, but you can do without thinking too much about. And see if you can focus on your breathing while doing it.
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