Have you ever had one of those days where, as soon as buttock touches chair, you’re up and rushing around again despite the fact that nothing is really pressing on your time? That was me yesterday, I was like a fart in a colander – didn’t know which hole to get out of first!
After several exhausting hours, I realised what the problem was: I was thinking about all the things that I had to do over the next week and all the additional things that I might have to do. Of course, next week wasn’t here yesterday so all that was actually happening was that my imagination was having a bit of a giggle at my expense. However hard we try to train our minds to work for us, sometimes they just rebel and throw a tantrum for no apparent reason.
If our minds get stuck in a loop going over old memories or thinking about things that could happen in the future it gets all agitated and panicky and that’s when our bodies catch on to the idea and we start to stress out. If we are stressed for a while, our bodies start to suffer and we find that our back aches, we have a more or less permanent headache, stomach cramps or a myriad of other symptoms. Once that starts we find ourselves in a vicious circle – the worry started the physical symptoms and the physical symptoms then cause us to worry and so on……….
Once I realised what was going on I forced myself to just sit and breathe. Deep breath followed deep breath and eventually my mind stopped rushing around like an idiot and calmed down. In fact, it calmed down so much that I fell asleep for an hour, something my body obviously needed. My imagination had stalked off in a huff and slammed the door behind it but I’m sure it won’t be long before it throws an other tantrum! However, as long as I’m aware, I should be able to grab it by the scruff of the neck before it can cause too much damage.
Meditation is a wonderful way to calm the mind and therefore protect our bodies from stress and illness; this is my favourite guided meditation – I hope you like it :O) x