Many of us love a frazzle (bacon-flavoured crisp). None of us would volunteer to feel frazzled.
I like this 3-minute portable technique from Ruby Wax for those moments when we do feel frazzled and need to step back. It’s good to start with a minute welcoming all thoughts rather than trying to push them away (and getting nowhere!).
1 Widen your focus by tuning into every thought in your mind, inviting them all in and letting them rip: the good, the bad and the ugly. The joys and the worries. After a minute, let them go…
2 Narrow your focus to just your breathing. Zoom in on a full breath, from nose to throat to chest, feeling your lungs expand and contract. After about a minute, let it go…
3 Widen your focus to your breath filling your whole body, from the top of your head right down to your toes. Inhale and exhale, feeling the breath empty out like a giant bellows.
Try it now – it’s only 3-minutes of your day.
If you came on the last virtual mindfulness session this is the meditation we used towards the end of our session.
This is Thoughtful Thursday on 4 June 2020.
Join me for a virtual mindfulness session on zoom at 10.30 am on 15 June 2020. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or to let me know you are coming.