This weekend I went away to London for some ‘me time'(Well me and my friend time!)
The temptation with ‘me time’ is to think that it is selfish – but I really think that actually nothing could be further from the truth.
As soon as I have had some ‘me time’ I am so much more aware that I give much better company and care to everyone around me. Starting by looking after yourself is absolutely essential if you really want to be there for your loved ones.
I did lots of yoga – 5 hours in total over the weekend. This was an amazing opportunity for increasing self awareness. I discovered areas of tension I didn’t realise had crept up on me and I had the luxury of the time to release it.
I had plenty of time to Meditate too. The Meditation we did was largely focussed on the breath and on energy. The yoga teacher put a new perspective on both of these things for me. This always AMAZES me.
No matter that I meditate every day, and that I always use my breath as my anchor, I can always learn something new about it. It is such an every day activity and yet it is still so fascinating if you can just get yourself in the zone!
This weekend I tried breathing out through a wide open mouth during yoga for the first time. We pictured letting all tension , stress and anything unpleasant go out through our breath. Totally rejuvenating and really effective!
If you fancy getting started on the journey to using your own breath then try this simple exercise to get started…
Set a timer on your phone for 5 minutes.
Sit up straight in a chair with a straight back.
Take a few deep breaths and then let your breathing return to normal.
Then see if you can notice the rising and falling sensation that comes with the breath.
Check out your tummy, chest and shoulders – where do you feel it most strongly?
Each time your mind wanders bring your attention back to the breath.
Once you have tuned into your breath in this way you can then chose to add in some counting to help you to keep you on track.
Try not to alter the breath but just to observe. So as you notice an in breath count 1, and then 2 for the out breath. Keep going until you get to 10 and then start at 1 again.
When your timer goes off then let you mind have a bit of time off – it can go wherever it wants.
And finally, when you are ready, come back to the here and now in your own time. Notice how much calmer your mind and body feels. Enjoy the extra clarity and focus which then allows you to live life to the full!