All steamed up? Get Up and Get Outside!
“I’m a little teapot short and stout. Here is my handle, here is my spout. When I get all steamed up I just shout, tip me over and pour me out.” ~ George Sanders.
Do you ever find yourself “all steamed up” like a teapot?
I’d like to be tipped over and poured out into Bryce Canyon when my thoughts boil over like a whistling Tea kettle.
In the Queens Garden, I can get out of my head and into my heart/body. My racing thoughts settle out. I feel a sense of peace and calm come over me.
Don’t get me wrong. Slowing our racing thoughts, or rather settling them out, takes work. For me, it’s easier to do on vacation. On a daily basis, it requires practice.
When I want to self regulate, or mood state change, I go to the Queens Garden in my mind’s eye. I am getting better at catching myself when I start time traveling back to the past, or into the future.
I STOP, breathe deeply and slowly while gently reeling myself back into the present moment.
Can you relate? If you can’t, lucky you.
If you can relate, check out these Tips from the trail to assist you in:
Changing your Thinking, which in turn will change how you
Feel, which leads you to
Behave in new ways.
1. Schedule breaks through out your work day, get up and go outside. While outside, try this exercise to keep you in the present moment.
- Look around for 5 things you haven’t noticed before. See if you can see your surroundings from what’s called, “the beginner’s mind.”
- Next, listen for 4 things.
- Then, feel 3 things.
- Smell 2 things.
- Taste 1 thing.
Reel yourself back in when you catch yourself time traveling.
2. Practice 2 minute Meditations. Mediation once sounded way too intense for me. Like an intense waste of time. Over the last several years, I’ve invested in learning about meditation and now try to practice meditation on a regular basis. Again, this is not easy for me. I keep at it, and some days it works very well.
If you still feel unsure of its benefits, start with what I call, 2 minute transition meditations.
- During the day when you are going from one task, one meeting or one project to another, stop for 2 minutes.
- Set your phone timer for 2 minutes
- Sit or stay where you are (eyes open if you are in a public place and people will think you are a weirdo if you close your eyes and look all yogi- like). Otherwise, close your eyes. 🙂
- Breathe in for a count of 4, and breathe out a bit longer to a count of 6.
- And, just notice your thoughts. We can’t stop them. We can choose not to follow the Thought Tracks.
- Just notice the thoughts and instead of drifting off thinking, focus on the movement of your breath in and out of your lungs.
- Keep it simple, and if you go off on a thought track, silently say to yourself, “Come back.”
- Then feel your breath, notice the sounds in the room, notice the feel of your body in the chair, feel your feet grounded on the floor.
- Repeat, repeat, repeat until your timer sounds.
- Enjoy the short bouts of peace, and get back to work.
I hope these tools serve you well. Happy trails EVERYDAY!