It's hot. Lots of hot days and hot nights are a strain on our families! So today, I'm sharing a practice that helps us to handle our emotions.
If you can, start by taking a moment to get comfortable, sitting upright and relaxed and aware of the sensation of sitting. Let yourself get still, starting with noticing your feet and letting them be still and relaxed, then your legs, hips, belly, chest, arms and hands, shoulders, neck and throat, and your face with special attention to your jaw, eyes, and brow.
Notice your breathing. "Breathing in, I feel my inbreath, breathing out, I feel my outbreath." Breathe into your emotion, "Breathing in, I notice my frustration, breathing out, I let this feeling be here." Just keep breathing into the feeling making space for it. If you feel yourself getting caught in a story about why you're irritated, come back to just feeling the emotion and how it is in your body.
Sometimes the feeling will shift and change, just notice and follow it. It can get more intense, turn into another emotion, fade. No problem, just breathe. After a bit, check in with yourself and see if you're ready to go back to regular life. If not, breathe some more.
I'm a mom, wife, daughter, friend, and teacher who has long struggled with the desire to be the perfect person I imagine that I should be. Practicing mindfulness helps me find peace with my imperfect journey--being with myself as I truly am, loving my family as they are, and showing up for a messy world with openness and compassion.