How do I find peace of mind?
It seems to be a universal question. At the Self-Love Day on Saturday, I was reminded yet again how much we all struggle with this when I was talking about what a relief it was the first time I got a rest from myself (it was after my very first yoga class, back when I was in my mid-twenties).
People’s heads were bobbing up and down like those bobble-head dolls. (Or maybe like we’d all moved to Southern India and got Bollywood dancing lessons).
They knew exactly what I meant: the voices in our heads that tell us to do more, try harder, that we aren’t good enough, yadda yadda yadda.
And how frikkin hard it is to get them to shut up.
There’s one way that always works for me: getting on my yoga mat.
I said this on Saturday: I don’t always actually do yoga on that mat. Sometimes I just lie on it. Over time, I’ve developed a reaction like one of Pavlov’s dogs: I know I am going to be more relaxed and in touch with my body from being on the mat, so now I don’t even need to do much by way of yoga. It’s like enlightenment for the lazy!
Another universal experience was that people found that when their minds were focused on a task, they got relief from the constant worrying, nagging, noisiness in those craniums. Some people get that focus from running, some from creating & crafting. Some from yoga and meditation. Different avenues, same experience.
This week, let’s get to know each other a bit – I bet there are way more commonalities than just this!
Tomorrow, I am featuring a story from a woman who resonated with the Body Image letter I wrote to my younger self – she wrote something similar when SHE was in her thirties, and she dug it up for me to use on the blog.
Over the week, I will also share some websites I like, and ask you guys to feed a survey monkey for me, so I can really get to know YOU.
In the meantime, what do you do to get peace of mind?