Today’s first for the “one new thing a day for 100 days” New Year’s resolution was a 5 minute meditation in Cuesta park after working a corporate wellness event. The event was wonderful, yet I left with a mind that was running away from the present moment-grounds for anxiety!-I knew I had to S.T.O.P. (Made this method up last month!) before getting in my car to drive home.
S: physically stop and pause
T: take 20 deep breaths
O: observe your thoughts and their validity
P: perspective and positivity, put things into perspective and choose to react positively. What you focus on will expand.
The power of pausing for just 5 minutes is remarkable, I was able to witness my thought patterns shift from fear based to gratitude/trust based.. when we are able to draw our minds into the present moment (even the tough ones), we are reminded that this life is truly a gift. While we cannot control all of our circumstances, we CAN choose our attitude .. always. 🙏🏻