Mind/Body Coach Jane Ehrman, M. Ed., is a behavioral health specialist at the Cleveland Clinic.
Peace and joy, words often used but not felt during this busy holiday season. You can change that. Take 5-10 minutes to experience some peace in your day.
Get settled in a comfortable chair, preferably sitting upright either at a window or outside. Center yourself with a few deep, cleansing breaths. Now, notice the scenery with all your senses, whatever the weather. Notice how the air smells and feels on your skin, perhaps the warm sunshine or sound of the rain, the motion of the clouds or the gentle tumbling of snowflakes -- just be with it a few moments. As you focus more deeply on your surroundings, let yourself become more aware of the quiet peacefulness there. Even with active weather such as snow, wind or rain, there is an underlying peace to experience. Breathe into what you’re experiencing, taking it into your body to calm it and into your mind to quiet it. Gently, let go of anything that gets in the way of the underlying peace. You might imagine this scene as a screensaver at the back of your mind, to tap into whenever you choose to calm and quiet yourself. Taking this short break is refreshing and calming; it clears your mind and improves your productivity. Now you can get on with your day in peace and with greater joy.