Recently I have had a very busy schedule and my mind tends to wonder during the day to all of my worries and stresses. Pretty common, but an absolute pain in the butt when it comes to meditating. It can all get a bit much sometimes and I have been practicing and reading up on to different methods of being more present and focusing the mind away from things I shouldn’t worry about.
Per usual the concentrating on breathing came up. I wasn’t very good at it until I tried the method of breathing in for one, breathing out for one. Breathing in for two, breathing out for two – up until ten counts and starting again at one. It works a treat for meditation and is a great alternative to counting sheep at night time!
The other very effective way of combating my anxieties has been using a ‘grounding’ object. A grounding item can be anything from a piece of jewellery to a crystal. I personally have Mela beads I was gifted last year that I keep close by. They work as a focus point to concentrate on when your mind is running wild – by using your sense of touch you concentrate on the texture and I repeat ‘I am enough, I have enough, and I am doing enough. I accept myself and my life fully right now.’ in my head and it tends to bring you to appreciate where you are despite how depressing your past can be, or how anxious the future makes you.
After a good few months away from a shared practice, I rejoined Abhyasa Yoga on the Lisburn road and I have been hooked! Quite a few of my friends have signed up for the month too and it has been a really lovely way to spend the evening with them. Here I am being a wee yoga geek amongst some greenery wearing one of my favourite sporty get-ups. My gear was all super affordable from H&M, Primark and my gutties are kid’s Sketchers for cheaps! There’s no excuse to not get kitted out and get exercising in one way or another!