My dad always said to me “simplicity is best”.
Its only recently that I have come to realise what a great teaching this is. What I’ve learnt in my own life is how the mind has an extraordinary way of complicating the most basic things. As a result, I’ve spent the last 10 years simplifying my mind with practices such as meditation, mindfulness, self-inquiry, movement and silence. These are the practices that have transformed my life and I am certain these practices will positively impact yours.
Tips to find balance when working from home
As the pandemic continues to interrupt our way life, we have all been affected in some way. Sadly, some more than others. This may be a great opportunity for us to become more aware of the nature our minds and find our way back to simplicity. Here are some of the ways that I’ve have been trying to best manage this current time
Do nothing – Allocate time in your day to do absolutely nothing. No phone, no TV, no distractions. … arrgghh. See how it feels when you do nothing at all. I usually feel quite irritated at first, but once that initial irritation is over I find doing nothing can be very transformative.
Find something to get lost in – Find a hobby whereby time doesn’t exist. This is the best and easiest way to get into a meditative state. Do activities that allow you to express creativity ideally with a single point focus. You may need to try a few things before you find the ideal hobby but once you do I guarantee you will find this super rewarding.
Dance – This is a great way to get out of your mind and into your body. I dance daily (on my own or with my kids) and it has become a daily ritual for us. Dance has always been a deep part of human existence and it is something we do not do enough of. This is a great way to move the entire body and it is guaranteed to spark joy.
Get outside – I’m not sure we have fully appreciated the depth of healing that occurs in nature. I often think about how indigenous communities all over the world are so connected to the rhythms of nature and how disconnected I can sometimes be to nature. If I feel irritated in mind and body, spending time in nature is one of the first things I do.
Find community – What has stood out to me during this time is how divided we have become to one another. Find a community where you are able to express yourself openly, honestly and without judgement. It can be very helpful to express what you are feeling and thinking rather than keeping it embedded in the depths of our minds. As we start to understand the nature of our opinions, thoughts and feelings, we can be together in an entirely different way.
Join me fortnightly Monday evenings at 8pm to explore a variety of practices that have been specifically selected to explore the nature of the mind, down regulate the nervous system, calm the mind and open the heart. I look forward to meeting you all.