These are two useful mindfulness tools from my “greatest hits” of 2014. I still practice both of these. The first is very calming, grounding and restorative, and useful also with nighttime wakefulness. The other is a great one from Tara Brach, helpful when thoughts are regretting the past or projecting into the future – it is an instant pivot! Finally, I conclude with something new, and equally impactful, from Byron Katie.
“Take your thumb and connect it with your pinky, take 5 deep breaths, in through the nose, out through the mouth. Do the same with your ring finger, then your middle finger, then your index finger. Then finally, bring all 5 fingers together and take 5 deep breaths.” (excerpted from thespirtscience.net)
This last greatest hit from 2014, is just one simple question quoting the mindfulness teacher, Tara Brach. I put this question on one of my homemade “well being” cards. It’s a great reminder, and especially useful the moment you even start to dip a toe in the waters of suffering.
“Ok, what is actually happening right now?”
Deceptively simple, isn’t it? But incredibly powerful!
And lastly, I’ve appended the Byron Katie quote below. The last two sentences are especially helpful if you are arguing with what is, which is to say feeling like anything, whatever it is, should not be happening. That is the very heart of suffering, and that’s why I am committed to bringing you (and me) tools to help ease it. Be well and at peace, my friends.
“Things are happening to me. Stressful thought.
Things are happening for me. Positive thought.