It’s Memorial Day weekend and I’ve been spending it with my husband and a handful of our friends out in the country in a secluded house. We are surrounded by large Oak trees with beautiful dangling spanish moss. It’s been raining a lot, but that has not discouraged us from enjoying each other’s company. There has been lots of laughter, hugs, stories, and food shared among us and it has been really fun.
This week has seen a lot of unforeseen circumstances get thrown at us. It’s been quite a week, to be honest. I’m feeling very anxious, and I as I type this I can feel that anxiety starting to bubble up again. I feel it in my chest and it makes my heart race a bit. Oh, it is really not a fun feeling. I know there is nothing I can do at this current moment to change our current circumstances, but yet that anxiety still creeps on in.
One thing I have been doing throughout the week is meditation. If it’s 5 minutes in the morning or 20 before falling asleep, I have worked extra hard to make sure I’m getting at least 10 minutes in a day. I love how I feel after meditation – I usually feel a sense of peace and my fingers and toes get tingly. I feel like I’m floating after meditating. This helps me get through my busy day, stay productive, and think of realistic solutions to problems. It keeps me calm and from losing my mind.
I notice that when I start to get really overwhelmed, I clench my jaw. This causes tension in my mouth and my face, typically right between my eyes. So, when I notice I’m clenching my jaw, I force myself to physically relax it. This small act throughout the week has also helped me embrace the inevitable crazy twists and turns that life likes to throw on our already full plate.
So here I am, in this beautiful place, finding time to relax by myself. I am taking a moment to find calm in the present. I’m listening to the wind rustle the trees. I’m noticing the shadows the sun makes on the lush green grass. I’m feeling the sensation of wind blow my hair and the sun on my toes. I watch a butterfly go past. I hear some of the guys inside strategize at a board game. I watch the dogs chew on our firewood. This moment is fleeting, but I’m fully present. It’s a beautiful thing and it’s here and it’s now. I don’t know what will happen tomorrow, or next year, or even an hour from now. But right now – I’m here. I’m breathing. I’m ok. Everything will all be ok.
How do you ease anxiety? Where are your favorite places to gather your thoughts and meditate?
Happy OM’ing and namaste. ❤