thea coughlin, canon digital rebel xti
I've been dealing with some gremlins today that are holding me back from the joy I'd like to reach. Those naughty little self doubt voices need to be hushed.
I've been away for a few days and came home to my husband being excited about the book Quiet Your Mind.
There was a bit in particular that he shared with me last night that I found really helpful with hushing those negative thoughts today: Take some deep breaths and direct your thoughts to your breathing. Not only focus on your breathing but also your chest moving up and down during each deep breath.
When I allow my mind to think about those two things, rather than just my breathing, I really can quiet my mind. My brain only allows those two thoughts to penetrate my being in that moment. It even works for my husband, who is the King of multi-tasking and thinking of a thousand things at once.
I always struggle with meditating because my mind wanders in various directions. Focusing on just my breath during yoga or meditation still leads to so many other images, feelings, people and events. Perhaps that is why visualizing goals that I want to happen come easier to me. I am glad to know that for people like me who think too much, there are tools to find that place when you're not really thinking but just being.
I am sure there are many other ways to get to this place and if you are inspired to share your experience of how you quiet your mind, I would love to hear.
Tonight I am going to curl up and be grateful that those gremlins left me alone. I am going to curl up and continue to quiet my mind when needed.
Have a wonderful weekend curling up to your own positive, loving, gentle thoughts.