“Just be. Just Be. Be. 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 - 1.”
Repeat as needed.
We all have little prayers or thoughts we whisper to ourselves when we get overworked and anxiety starts to take over. “Just be,” is not just a mantra, tool, or gimmick, but something I strive to do every day.
“Just being” is a major tenet of Eastern religions and I have found many Eastern tools to be invaluable in its use in my daily life. This mantra of “be,” along with counting, has served me well in my chaotic and stressful world. I don’t recall it being suggested to me in any class, although, as a quick-tempered child, counting was stressed at a very early age.
Regardless of how or when, it’s something I know everyone can relate to.
Have you ever walked into a room and not remember why? Deep breath...5-4-3-2-1… Bam, there it is. Maybe it doesn’t snap back the first time, but once you settle your brain and refocus on the task at hand, it will come back to you.
More scientifically, consider “shower problems” and how they tend to correlate with creative breakthroughs and problem solving1.
In my prayers and quiet times, I first give thanks and then ask how I can be better/more/open for/open to __________. I challenge myself daily to be more and I encourage you to do the same. What will you be today?
The following three blogs will discuss ways to challenge yourself, family, or company to be more in 2017.