“My mind is slowing down.”
Do you ever find yourself going and going all day and before you know it, you look up and the clock says it’s 10 hours later and the sun is starting to set? This is an example of how we overwork ourselves and find ourselves in this wormhole of stress and mindless working. We aren’t slowing down enough to have intention behind our work. Learning to be in the present and aware of the world around us while still working towards a goal of accomplishing a task. This is where this week mantra comes into play.
Off your mat, I invite you to set an alarm every hour, when the alarm goes off, stop whatever it is you are doing, close your eyes and take 3 deep breathes to recenter and become present in the moment. Doing this for one day will help you recognize how these small moments of meditation can help slow your mind, reduce stress and become present with the task at hand.
On your mat, focus on a practice around the breath. Use pranayama and closing your eyes in your practice to look inward. Try to slow your mind and let the thoughts that don’t serve you on your mat to release from your body on the exhales. Try to not let ideas of what you need to do next invade your space while you are doing something for yourself. Most importantly, take that time for yourself.
-Namaste, Michi P.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MICHI POINDEXTER
This passionate knowledge seeking teacher, started their yoga journey with karma a few years ago and after falling in love with the community of yoga completed their 200hr Teacher Training at Yoga from the Heart. They have been a Dentonite since 2014, graduated from TWU and runs community groups. With their trauma-informed certification, they emphasize trauma healing by sharing healing techniques to take yoga off the mat. Aside from yoga, they enjoy outdoor activities, reading and mix media art.