Micromeditating as self care
Finding time to engage in self-care can be hard. We live such hurried, busy lives! Knowing how important self-care is motivates me to keep trying to make time for it. Also, it feels really good to take care of myself. A fail-safe way for me to make time for it is to do things that don’t take much time, many times a day. One of my favourite things is to take what I call “Mindful Minutes”, which I believe some people call micromeditations. In a way, it’s about having a grounding practice; one which lets you take a break and settle down.
What I do is take time to perceive. I take a deep breath, direct my attention inwards and let something call for me. Or I look out into the world, noticing the details of the place I’m in, looking for things that give me a sense of peace and joy.
That is what I did when I looked out the window just now. It is a simple day in a typical city. It is also such a gorgeous day, hinting of spring and greens and blues. I opened the window, looking out into the River Valley and listening to the melting snow hitting the pavement outside. For one minute, it felt glorious.
The picture here is a photo I took of that moment. I typically don’t, but I wanted to write about this little self-care that I adore so much. I also take this minute every morning when I get into the shower, or when I briefly hug a loved one. Doesn’t it sound lovely? Like finding little gifts of joy all around you!
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