As the August days waned and my vacation days quickly passed, I was seeking a way to maintain the calmness, relaxing days of summer. I came across Unplug: A Simple Guid to Meditation for Busy Skeptics and Modern Soul Searchers at the library and am sharing a few insights that might help others to slow down and relax. Life can be full of rushing, deadlines, insomnia and stress but this book gives a few ideas that can bring a bit more calm and happiness into your life.
“The minute I learned to unplug, my whole life changed. Little did I know that nearly 5 years later I would be on a mission to convince you to join me. But when you discover a life hack this good, you want to share it with as many people as you can!” (p. 1)
I know that many people will scoff at meditation but taking a few quiet moments to reflect and set an intention for your day can infuse you with a mindful calmness and strength to take on the challenges that arise. For others, doing a mindful body scan before bed might help calm the mind and settle for sleep. A few helpful tips from the book included:
- Before meditating, do a brain drain (write down any things on your mind)
- U – unplug from devices and tasks
- N – notice how you are feeling
- P – pick a point of focus (breath, mantra, visualization)
- L – let it go
- U – understand thoughts come and go (think of them as clouds drifting by)
- G – get on with your day
Take a few minutes to care for yourself, to reflect and to maintain calm in the midst of your busy life. You are worth the investment of a few minutes and may find it makes a difference by introducing a calm, mindful approach.
“Meditation is a practice that teaches you to unplug from distraction and experience the present moment” (p. 23) to avoid the “monkey mind” of over 50,000 thoughts a day.