One of my dreams for my job was to help institute a yoga and meditation practice once a week in our meeting room. Sadly, for a variety of reasons it never materialized. Still, I realize I need grounding and centering in my life, as we all do, particularly artists and writers.
We live and work, dreaming up stuff that is all generated from the head. The body and spirit suffer. It is so important that it should be a mantra: body, mind and spirit must remain at equilibrium. But in this busy world, trying to work and make money, how do we do it?
My suggestion is to stay true to yourself in everything you do and to remember about the body, mind, and spirit connection as a daily practice. Even something as simple as deep, controlled breathing is calming and brings energy from the mind space into the body space. Controlled breathing is also relaxing enough that it can activate the spirit and bring you into spirit realm.
Another body, mind, spirit exercise is simply walking. Walking encourages rhythmic breathing patterns, engages the senses and relieves tension in the body. Coupling the rhythmic breathing with walking inspires the best of holistic health.
Herbs can help too. I have a nice restorative, calming blend by Traditional Medicinals called Relaxation Herb Tea Sampler. It features some of my favorite herbs, chamomile, lavender, passion flower (a great equilibrium restorer), licorice root, peppermint, spearmint and catnip. In fact, I’m going to have a cup right now!