I love my family and treasure the time talking with them; listening to their take on politics, current events, music, or whatever; and just being together. And at the same time, I sometimes just need some peace and quiet! When my kids were young it was nearly impossible to find a quiet space, but even now those quiet moments can be hard to carve out.
Today, I am remembering that it is important for me to find moments of peace whether my day is full of classes and clients, mom errands and paperwork, or just the chaos of my own mind. I'm sure you need peace, too!
So join me for a short practice. One minute is enough. Close your eyes and just feel your breath for one minute. Be curious about the breath, feel it in your chest and belly and enjoy it. I just did it, feeling the pleasure in the sensation of breathing and the restfulness of centering awareness on each breath. Aware of it coming and going, I took 8 breaths in one minute. I actually set a timer so I wouldn't be distracted by the clock.
When the time the chimer sounded to end my minute, I was feeling rested and centered, relaxed and more content. I already wanted to do it again. I'm going to plan to take a mindful minute 3 or 4 times a day this week. I'm curious about whether I'll always feel rested and calm. I'm also interested to find out how the number of breaths per minute may change. Want to do it with me this week?
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.