Just Breathe – It’s a Magical Superpower

“The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

the next time you want to scream
the next time you want to cry
the next time you feel all alone
the next time the pain is unbearable
the next time life is squeezing you so hard it hurts
the next time you have no idea what to say, what to do, what to feel
the next time you are ready to give up

take a breath

there is space within that breath
there is room to move
time to think
and the way you tap into that is to slow down and
take a conscious breath
and let that breath be your entire focus

take another if you need it

feel it calm you and return you to your centre
let the energy of your breath gather all your scattered pieces back together
let it gather your strength

while there is breath in your body there is power
to overcome, to go on, to find your way

I love you. Don’t give up.
Nicole ❤ xx

5 Steps to Create More Serenity in Your Life

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“Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. Every breath we take, every step we take, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.”
~ Thích Nhất Hạnh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

 

No matter how busy your life is, it is possible to find peace in your heart. It is possible to find a place inside yourself that is still, serene and tranquil.

When we connect into that quiet place our ability to cope with life’s pressures improves. We worry less, and begin to think more clearly. We bounce back, we develop resilience, and suddenly we are less troubled by things that once drove us to despair.

Here are five simple things you can do to encourage serenity in your own life:

1. Stand barefoot on the ground. Give yourself five minutes of the soles of your feet connecting to natural earth in all her permutations: sand, stones, dirt, grass, leaves, rock. Standing barefoot connects your feet chakras back into the Earth, discharges energy and grounds you.

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Image from sodahead

2. Let the sun shine on your face and be energised by the sun’s rays. Sunshine gives us Vitamin D and bio-photonic energy. Sunbathing boosts our mood and helps us draw that ‘sunshiney’ energy deep inside ourselves.

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Image from quoteko

3. Breathe deep into your belly, letting each breath relax and calm you. Place one hand on your chest and one hand on your belly. Putting your hands on your body gets you out of your head and reconnects you to yourself. Breathe in slowly through the nose, letting your chest remain still while your belly expands. Let your breath slowly and guide you back to that place of peace that is found within all of us.

4. Go for a walk. Get your body moving. Breathe. Humans were designed for movement, and it is unnatural to sit still for long periods of time. Walking re-oxygenates your body, and helps get you back into a better head space. Many people find that their best ideas also come while they are walking. Go on your own, take a friend or your dog!

5. Sit quietly, even if only for five minutes. Don’t read, or text, or surf the net. Just be. BE alone with your thoughts. Be alone with nature. BE alone with wherever you are, and let that be okay.

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Image from Anxiety Slayer

Wishing you peace in your heart today, and always,

Nicole xx

Too Busy? Relax!

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The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.  ~ Attributed to both Jim Goodwin and Sydney J. Harris

We’re coming into a weekend, and I have a mile long list of things that still need to get done.

So, I should be doing them. Right?

Well, actually…  No!

I’m tired. It’s been a crazy week. Truth be told I’m about as sharp as a beach ball right now. So instead of stressing about all that work, I’m going to take the day off. Maybe I’ll get a massage.  Maybe I’ll go the movies.  Maybe I’ll curl up with a book.

But one thing’s for sure, I’m giving myself a mini-vacation; a mental health break if you will. Having once been the Queen of Burnout I recognise that when life is this busy, I need to take a break so I don’t end up broken.

The work will wait.  And when I come back I’ll be refreshed and my approach will be entirely different. There’s a great power in relaxation, a power to heal, to restore, to calm and renew.

When you are way too busy to take the time to relax, that’s always when you need to relax the most! Even if it’s just a few minutes of breathing while you’re seated at your desk at work.

 

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