There are times we feel overwhelmed with our to-do lists, our responsibilities or our stuff. This can lead to stress, ill health and it can grow the habit of ending our day feeling completely depleted and exhausted.
I've got a real quick, minute-and-a-half meditation you can use so you get focused and stop feeling so scattered.
What happens is we can get in a state of being hyper- alert. This happens so easily today with so much media coming our direction. It doesn't help that we also have beeping, vibrating and alerts that come from our technical devices so we always feel on tap.
We have so much information at our finger tips that our neurons in our brain have been firing on hyper-alert, probably for a long time. We train our neurons (nerve cells) to do this everyday.
Your brain and nervous system may be firing in all directions all the time making you feel hyper-alert and not able to sleep, concentrate, find joy, feel resourceful and simple, have fun or be at peace like you'd like.
What happens when we are hyper-alert is we are very aware of our periphery. That is you are aware of the movements and stuff around your central field of vision (that which is right in front of you) and often it gives your nervous system more fuel to be scared, worried or on edge.
It's like you are aware of someone else's calendar, their emotions, their movements, their actions, a simple touch and you get racing thoughts that can go to the limit of your imagination of what there is to worry about and back. Often, you can set yourself in a bad mood just by these creatively negative thoughts and go in a bad direction when it comes to the stories you tell yourself about who you are, what can happen and where you don't fit. Talk about setting yourself up for self-sabotage going forward!
It's almost like you could use blinders inside your head so you can only focus forward or on one thing. The good news is, we can do the next best thing, that is to help settle the chaotic firing of neurons in our brain and start to grow solid neural pathways firing at a calmer pace so you feel centered, calm and focused more often.
This new way of working to calm and channel your nervous system can be like a natural stand-in for Xanax or alcohol...and it takes less than two minutes, 2-3 times a day.
Let's dive into a minute-and-a-half meditation that will help you get more focused and at peace...
My 2 Minute (or less)
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.