Reducing stress doesn’t require hours of practice every day. Studies have shown that brain waves begin to change just after 15 minutes of meditation. So, whether you are new to the practice or are a seasoned pro with precious little time, it is possible to reap the benefits from just a few minutes a day.
Making time before you start your day is an easy way to set a positive tone. You don’t even have to get out of bed. Instead of trying to get 10 more minutes of unsuccessful snoozing, concentrate on your breath instead. Strong, deliberate breathing with a focus on the exhale, not the inhale will increase energy levels and kickstart body function.
As I write this, I’m steeling myself for some backlash from avid “hackers” be they of the bio (a la Dave Asprey) or life design , but let me say this to you out there. I come in peace! I’m not disparaging the tips, tricks and processes that keep you guys feeling, looking and living your best. All of us should be finding a routine that allows us to accomplish this. As a matter of fact, I welcome any amicably presented information, education or conversation that helps us all learn more about the philosophy behind this lifestyle.
It’s the word “hack”. I just can’t get past the idea of short-cutting any part of our lives just to keep up the pace. Seemingly rushing through the mundane to high-tail it to the next responsibility to speed through the day to get to our pre-boxed, home cooked evenings. Furthermore, we should understand that bio-hacking relative to diet is, at its core, the body responding in its natural way to being provided with the nutrients that aren’t present in the standard american diet. Proper diet will definitely increase cognition and vitality and helps us to maintain homeostasis, the body’s natural balance that produces optimal mind, body and spirit balance. But all this hacking business has me asking this question. Shouldn’t we be slowing down long enough to savor every experience from the requisite to the exquisite?
That’s what living in the moment and practicing awareness of said moment is all about, right? I’ve found myself being constantly reminded to do this lately. Live in the moment, I mean; something that isn’t always so easy for me, personally. I guess, it’s got me wanting to share how wonderfully rewarding it can be to honor every moment. Hold space for your weekly lunch prep or practice grateful toothbrush time. Slow and steady AWARENESS can still win the race. Every moment, even tackling your to do list can be self-care if you are able to shift your perspective. Feel the gratification of checking everything off of your daily checklist before you get started. Enjoy the literal transformation of your morning routine as you go from foggy to fierce as you start your day. Taste every bite of your avocado toast or bullet proof breakfast. As my mother wisely told me once, “thoughts are things”. Allowing consciousness to to be a part of your time saving tricks can add a whole new dimension to your every day present.