The new normal….
How’s your “new normal” going? For me, it depends on the day. Some days I feel highly productive and motivated. My creative juices are flowing and I get excited about creating a new way of living my life. Other days, I wake up mourning the loss of my “old life” and desperately wishing that all of this would just go away or be over so I can get back to “old normal”. Then there are the days when I just feel stuck. Like in quicksand. Life is just too heavy to even deal with, so I do what I can do escape mentally and end up just feeling crappy for having wasted a day.
There is so much uncertainty. There always is in life, but during a pandemic of this nature that we’ve never dealt with before, it feels like uncertainty overload at times. All the questions. All the conflicting answers and opinions. So how do we find that sense of “normal”? The answer that came to me the other day was, you need to accept the NOW and start doing the things you know you need to feel balanced. I can’t just stick my head in the sand or under my pillow and wait for this to pass. I can’t say to myself “I’ll be happy when…” or “I’ll get into a better routine when…”. Have you noticed that your “normal” workout routine, diet, self-care habits, relationships (and so much more) have taken a dive? At first it felt a bit like vacation-mode. Like, hey what the heck, it’s a nice little break from the norm. But as the weeks, and months, roll on by I know I’m personally craving a whole big dose of NORMAL.
About a week ago, I realized that one big thing that has been missing in my “covid life” has been a ritual with my daily meditation practice. I’ve continued meditating, mostly every morning, but for whatever reason I’d ditched my ritual for starting my practice that I learned at the Chopra Center. This practice to begin your meditation is called “The Soul Questions” and from the moment I learned them I’ve found it to be a such a profound way to immediately focus my mind and drop me into a place of deeper stillness. This is especially important right now when our minds are racing and confused, feeling overly anxious or depressed. These past few months without this profound practice, I’ve found my meditations to be either so highly distracted or just unsatisfying that I wasn’t truly feeling their effectiveness.
Do I have your interest peaked? Are you ready to learn the process? It’s really quite simple. I’ll walk you through it now and I’m including an audio file today for you to use while you learn the process.
Meditating with The Soul Questions
If you are a meditation newbie, start small. Set a timer for 5 minutes and try that twice a day. Soon you’ll find that you are craving more so you try 10 or 15 minutes. In my opinion, any meditation is better than none!
Why meditate?? Here’s some info from The Chopra Center on how it benefits body, mind, and spirit:
For the BODY:
Boosts immune system
Decreases blood pressure
Increases efficiency of oxygen use
Reduces Anxiety & depression
For the MIND:
Deeper sense of relaxation
Promotes feelings of joy
Decreases negative emotions
Reduces mental clutter
For the SPIRIT:
Improves understanding of self
Gives sense of purpose
Increases levels of consciousness
Sound good? Are you ready to manifest some goodness in your life? Let's start a "new normal" today and meditate together!
Mary Baker - ERYT-500 yoga teacher, adventure lover, fitness junkie, doughnut snob, whiskey & wine sipper