With the rising anxiety levels around all of us, it’s hard not to get affected by the news, views and the forwards. Meditation, exercise and taking frequent breaks from social media and the News and drawing can help bring peace and clarity.
Art can be especially therapeutic in times like these. An effective way to release built up stress, alleviate depression and bring clarity and focus, a simple box of crayons and paints is a wonderful and peaceful way to release whatever it is that is bubbling inside all of us. And if you don’t have access to colour, just doodle the stress out.
Our minds are like wild beasts. Left to roam unfettered they destroy our inner peace. They take us into zone of past failures and future doom all at once. If we allow them to.
Take for example, the following states of mind which may feel familiar to a lot of us. Sometimes we don’t even realise what we’re doing.
“Yesterday was horrible. My sales have dropped. There are too many competitors and I don’t know if my company will survive the current economy.”
“We just broke up last month because he says he’s not ready to marry me. Will he come back in my life and do this again?”
“All my diets have failed what if I do fall sick with obesity tomorrow?”
The most damaging thing we can do to ourselves and our work is to live in the past and the future simultaneously with a sense of fear.
Not only does it rob us off the present moment and the potential it has to change, it leaves us in a perpetual state of anxiety. Preventing us from thinking or doing anything to improve the current state be it in our professional or our personal lives.
And the moment we become mindful of our thought patterns we begin the training process. And the fastest, most effective way to begin is to start with our breath. Something the wise ones have been telling us for thousands of years, yet we still allow our dragon thoughts to dominate our minds.
By paying attention to our breathing we train our minds to return to the present moment, where all is safe and all is achievable. This is the place where we begin again. And it is in this moment where we conquer our inner dragons of anxiety, fear and hopelessness.
“The breath is the King of the Mind” BKS Iyengar
Daily mindfulness of our thoughts allows us to become aware of our thinking patterns and bring us back to what is most precious and pure in all of us, our breaths. Our breaths are the pathway to inner peace. Find time, make time to breathe yourself into the here and the now. Where everything can be viewed calmly and most importantly, with a sense of hope.
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