Many of my clients struggle with finding time in their day for self care. We are so busy with the day to day routines of work and family life that there is little, if no, time left for ourselves. The truth is, there is actually plenty of time. All it takes is 3 minutes here, 5 minutes there and living every minute of everyday in a mindful state. You'd be surprised at how much extra time you can actually find in your day if you exist in a mindful way rather than sleepwalking out of bed and all the way back into bed! Here is one tip on how to do so...its called RAIN (borrowed from Tara Brach's "Finding True Refuge"):
R: Recognize what is happening: You can awaken recognition simply by asking yourself "what is happening inside me right now?" Let go of any preconceived ideas and instead listen in a kind, receptive way to your body and heart, and bring awareness to whatever thoughts, emotions, feelings or sensations are arising here and now.
If you could have only one awesome vehicle for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Imagine owning your dream car. It could be a twin turbo Porsche or a supercharged pick up. You will have invested a lot of time and effort into paying for this car. I’m guessing you will take very good care of this car and feel fantastic in it every time you drive it. You’ll treat it to regular washes, put only the best gas in it, give it timely tune-ups and proper maintenance. After all, If you don’t take care of it, it may run out of gas, break down on the freeway or cost you a lot more money. And then your stuck.
Now imagine your body as that dream car. Without the best of care and proper maintenance, your body may become weak, fatigued and you may even get sick. Your body deserves to be treated like your dream car. It is your vehicle for life so treat it with respect and it will take you where you want to go.
Like a high end luxury car has many areas of care needed, you also...