Every time an emergency vehicle passes you by, take a moment to send healing thoughts to the people in need of help, for peace to their families as they stand by in support, to wish safety for the drivers and to ask guidance for the paramedics, doctors and others who will tend to those who are ailing. If you are not the praying kind, center on an image of protection -- a soft yellow light, a warm blanket, an armor -- or direct your meditation toward an embracing universe rather than a higher power. Extend this meditation as you drive by hospitals, walk past firehouses or see someone pulled over by the police as a nod of gratitude for those who work to keep us safe.
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Facebook update meditation
Before social networks, we communicated births, deaths, illnesses and concerns through prayer pages in church bulletins, announcements over the intercom and telephone trees. Today, we see that news every time we refresh Facebook or Twitter. Breathe in and then release the emotion of these updates, sending thoughts of love out as you exhale. Be mindful if you are feeling overwhelmed, and rather than take on the feelings of the friend who has updated, let your anxieties flutter out with your breath. If responding with a momentary meditation adds up to too much for you over the course of the day, reserve one round of inhales and exhales as you log on or log off.
Choose an evening ritual, like putting cream on your face before bed, and turn it into a moment to center yourself. Choose a product or light a candle with a calming scent such as lavender or rose. As you put on your moisturizer, pull your fingertips across your forehead, focusing on gratitude for a wise mind. Gently circle your eyes, with gratitude for eyes that look on with kindness. Cover your cheeks, with thanks for moments of laughter and bliss. Add in your own variations -- work lotion into your hardworking hands, run a brush through hair that shines because of plentiful and nutritious food, circle a belly full of stretch marks in gratitude for the babies you've born.
Many of us tap away at our keyboards inside cubicles all day, making it uncomfortable to stretch out in downward dog or impossible to head outside for more than a few minutes at lunch time. Find your way around restricted space and time by closing your laptop, doing a few body-adjusting neck stretches and wrist rotations, and then closing your eyes and gently rubbing your temples, scalp, palms of your hands and fingertips. Focus on the blood flowing to these overworked parts of your body. If it is a noisy environment, take note of the sound of the phone and the bells as computers reboot, then return to quieting your mind. Try this for two minutes and if you are able, work your way to more times or more little breaks throughout the day.
How have you found time to make your mind still, even when your body and schedule are moving at a fast pace?
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