Don’t Forget to Breathe!

The last couple of days have been rough.  Even though I have started my day out with a twenty-minute meditation, the stress doesn’t care.  My work has been ultra busy and I have noticed myself easily slipping back into old anxious thinking patterns.  It doesn’t help that no matter how many people I encounter or talk to in a day, I have an extreme sense of loneliness.  Mostly lonely in the sense of, am I the only one trying to be spiritual in a very physical and materialistic world?  I know that’s not true, I’m not unique in partaking the spiritual side to life, sometimes it just feels that way.

 

As I was shuffling through papers on my desk at work today, worrying about whether I have forgotten to do something or didn’t say the right thing to someone, picking at my lips, I paused and realized I couldn’t remember the last time I noticed my breath.  At that exact moment, I put everything on my desk down, took my hands away from pushing on my cheek, took my teeth away from picking at the inside of my cheek and just took a long breath in, that helped tremendously.  From that moment on to the rest of the afternoon I kept remembering to never forget about the breath.

 

Also, I have found it extremely helpful to just count a few things to be grateful for (although I know there is so much more than just a few things.)  It really takes things into perspective, always.  I got a free carmel latte at work, I used all four of my limbs to have a good workout after work and I have a kitchen filled with food.  I am blessed.

 

Peace and love!

Ilona

7 comments on “Don’t Forget to Breathe!

  1. One is never alone in the ‘stillness’…meditation opens the door to the World of Spirit where you can enjoy companionship on a different level, not only from souls who have transitioned, but also with your Spirit Guides and the Masters. Happy travels! And thanks for the follow.

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  2. To me, this post is a good reminder of two main points: (1) Meditation doesn’t make “the daily grind” go away, but a consistent practice does make it easier to endure and (2) It can be helpful to check your intentions. For example, you’d asked: “Am I the only one trying to be spiritual in a very . . . materialistic world?” Even though it’s not, what if the answer were “yes”? Would you still meditate? 😉

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    • You are so right Gina! It’s crazy, at my new job I couldn’t believe how in the first couple of weeks how calmly I was reacting to the stressful training process….meditation has changed my reactions to certain situations immensely and while it will never make life “happily ever after”, it does create a positivity and optimisim that I might have easly resisted in the past. And you are right: intention is HUGE, my answer to your second point would be YES, I would definitely still meditate. 🙂

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  3. These are the posts that really teach. They bring the ideal into modern living, finding a way in this world is the real path, and not 100 other blogs filled with spiritual ‘advice’. People need to know what the trenches of life are like. Great post.

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    • Awwww,thank you so much for stopping by and reading! Your comment means a lot to me, thank you. I hope to teach people everything I am learning, hopefully they will listen or absorb some of it. 🙂

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  4. What a great thing to have blogs so that we can connect with other like-minded individuals. I enjoyed reading your post and thanks for visiting my blog and the positive comments. I see it as we are all on a spiritual path just by living, just that some are more conscious than others. But all paths lead home :o) Meditation is such a wonderful practice and so is appreciating our blessings. If I miss my meditation I really notice a difference – i start to lose my centredness!!
    Happy New Year to you.

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