Ed. note: Today's guest blog is by none other than my sister, Shelly Svoboda. Shelly is a neurologist, artist, traveler, gardener and overall swell human being. Thanks for guesting, sis.
(or, Breathe in Through The Nose and Get Out of Your Head)
We all need to take a breather once in a while, (right Jana?). The problem is, when? I hear you. You are so busy that even the thought of taking time out is overwhelming. Thus, Tiny Resolutions. Little bite sized promises to yourself. Make a mountain small enough and it’s easy to take the first step.
|practice is portable|
Anyone who has access to any form of media from Facebook to Fashion Magazines knows about Meditation. It seems its touted to be the cure for all ills - it’s gonna Save the World!, Clear up Your Complexion!, Help you Lose Weight! Meditation is so hyped anymore it’s difficult to take seriously, much less want to try and make room for it in your already packed day. The thing is, there is good science behind many of the claims: improving brain health, cardiovascular health, helping with chronic pain. Easing depression and anxiety ( see below for links if you are interested and don’t have a good fashion magazine lying around). But mostly, at least for me, meditation clears out my head a bit. Leaves a little space between thoughts and actions, helping intention rather than reaction to be my driving force.
I know that the Tiny Resolutions are supposed to be a one day thing and I know that I have already expressed understanding and solidarity about the scarcity of free time. But. How about ten minutes a day for ten days? And someone to hold your hand and gently lead you though it? And, there are cartoons! Oh, and it’s free!
Yep, there’s an App for that.
|it's good to have a teacher|
I have had a moderately regular practice of meditation for about a year now ( and a much more sporadic practice for several years). I was looking for a teaching program on meditation to share with my patients and friends when I found this application. I did the ten days. Even after some years of reading-- in the first few years, I spent far more time reading about meditation than doing it! Still working on righting that balance--- I found this instruction really helpful. So even if you already have tried meditation but aren't regularly practicing, you may enjoy this.
And if smart phone apps aren’t your cup of tea, Sam Harris, a neuroscientist and author, has a terrific set of instructions here: http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/how-to-meditate/
And hey, maybe it will save the world. Couldn’t hurt it.
Favorite links re: Mindfulness -
Building Better Brain:
Building better brain function and FAST! http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20363650?dopt=Citation