Between soccer games, PTO meetings, work, laundry and planning meals and making lunches, it’s a surprise we have enough time to sleep. It’s important to carve out some time, whether it be daily or weekly, for yourselves. Our personal growth as individuals requires us to take the time to reflect upon our feelings and experiences. If we just kept rushing about our business every day without stopping to think about how our actions, words or habits affect ourselves, others and the planet, we’d all stay stuck in old counter-productive behaviors. Here are four different ways to quiet the mind and open the spirit:

  • Yoga. There are certain yoga poses or asanas, such as full lotus pose, that are meant specifically for meditation. Reference a post on how to create a meditation spot at home  from Eco Home Ideas and practice one of these poses for 10 to 15 minutes each day.
  • Knit or Crochet. Keeping your hands busy, you can let your mind wonder or just focus on the task at hand. I personally crochet for meditation and find this most helpful for relaxation.
  • Write in a Journal. Writing down your thoughts in a journal is a perfect way to explore your mind and thoughts. Writing out what has been weighing on your mind gives you a sense of peace and accomplishment while allowing yourself to see repetitive thought patterns that may not be serving you in the healthiest manner.
  • Listen to Peaceful Music. Put yourself in a cross-legged position, close your eyes, and revel in peaceful music or nature’s sounds for a few minutes. Pay special attention to the more subtle sounds in the background that may not be as obvious. This will reduce your stress level substantially.

Relaxation, reflection and meditation using methods such as these on a regular basis will help bring clarity to your mind as well as heightened awareness.