Just Take A Moment

It wasn’t until just recently that I thought to myself, “Holy crap.” I’m sure you must be thinking that if that’s the only thing I ever think to myself, then I might as well be better off not thinking. But give me a second to explain.

These last few days have been jam-packed with activities going on. Between class work, work for my internship, and other obligations I’m required to attend to, I feel as though I’m drowning in to-do lists. At this rate, you would never think that I had just had a week vacation, and believe me, this recent vacation is a mere memory fading away much faster than I could have ever expected.

Even before my break, I was feeling a little stressed and overwhelmed, so when I went back home, I visited a friend of mine who happens to be a certified hypnotist. She helped me forget about the world around me, put me in a great state of relaxation, and really stressed the importance of taking a moment to ourselves each and every day to meditate and feel tranquil. I even put a reminder in my phone that goes off everyday in the morning and at night to meditate.

So when I say meditate, what exactly do I mean? Great question. Of course I don’t expect you to whip out your yoga mattress while driving to work or in the middle of a business meeting, and begin feeling calm. Meditation can happen at any given point if you just give yourself a few seconds, while disconnecting from your surrounding environment. At any given point in the day, I would highly suggest taking a deep breath in through your nose, holding it for three seconds, and releasing it through your nose, while saying in your head, “Deeper Relax. Deeper Relax.” Really try to concentrate on your breathing, and when you do the above actions, you’ll begin to feel fresh and rejuvenated.

When you begin to feel like a big wave has just crashed over you and you’re trying as hard as you can to come up for air, it may be tough, but take a second to meditate. Really work on putting your mind at ease, and even do so before these feelings of exhaustion take control of you. I know life can be difficult at times, but nothing is more important than our well-being, so take care of yourself and just take a deep breath. The stacks of paperwork will always be there awaiting your time and effort, but your sanity and health won’t, if you don’t look out for your well-being. Remember: you owe it to yourself to take a moment to relax; so do just that.

9 comments on “Just Take A Moment

  1. Lisa at fLVE says:

    I try to sneak in yoga in the middle of a work day. It’s super relaxing. 🙂

  2. I completely agree! It’s so important to take time out of your day for yourself. It’s tough being busy and especially getting lost in the middle of all of your obligations. Just a few minutes of peace, being alone, and relaxing can make the world of a difference to avoid feeling stressed. Great post! 🙂

  3. living4bliss says:

    Never look at the big picture. Look at little pictures at a time. What is the next thing that needs to be done. Everything gets done one at a time, it just gets done better and faster with a relaxed mind.

  4. Great piece of advice there Dan. Baby steps 🙂 I have had to learn how to live in the moment, difficult especially when the world around you goes at 1000mph!

  5. Yes sir!

    Since becoming a Mom, my 2 hour a day meditation practice now consists of Anapana and bits of Vipassana when I can.

    15 minutes here and there are it.
    NOW, I COULD fit in more and you have me thinking of that very thing.

    Does being with my kid and loving him count? the answer is:


    Time to Sit on this one.
    ( get it? Sit on it?)

    maybe I just need more sleep…

    thanks for the reminder.

    Peace, Jen

  6. Hello Dan, Great piece! I do like where you are coming from. Life certainly needs and deserves rest and peace. Both give such strength in our busy lives. Thank you for a worthy reminder and for liking my post.

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