I just finished my sit. It was toddler-assisted and peaceful on this rainy summer morning. My mind quieted easily, my body let go with each breath. Bringing calm into my body isn’t always easy, but today my body softened without much effort or protest. This is a good start as I have a great deal of work to do today!
In September, I will be speaking at the Boston Freedom Rally.
I’m not a public speaker, nor have I stood in front of a very large crowd that hovers in the tens of thousands! I have been on stage, I have performed – but it’s been years. Gasp! Someone somewhere said to do one thing everyday that scares you. How about one big thing that scares you for days, weeks, months? I know I’ll be fine, but it occurred to me that this event is a mere month away! Sooo…time to put my head down and prepare. Opportunity is a knockin’ and I’ve got to be ready to welcome it in, make it tea, and let it show me the way to making my dreams coming true. And in case you were wondering, I fully believe in dreams and wishes coming true!
Dear readers – Wishing you a bright and beautiful day today and always! May all of your own dreams and wishes come true! Much love, many hugs. Namaste. ❤️
My Mental House – Plans & Goals for Healing from Depression
Goal — To Gain Clarity
Plan — Meditate for at least 10 minutes daily, eventually expanding on the amount of time a couple minutes per day, with 20 minutes of daily meditation being the target sit time. I meditate on most days for anywhere between 5-20 minutes. Meditation helps me to set positive intentions for the day. On the most difficult days, I’ve noted that meditation really helps me to work through my symptoms. I depend on deep breathing to bring me back to the present when depression knocks me into the past, or anxiety flings me into worrying about the future.
More Plans — Go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Lights out by 10pm and wake up at 7am would be a good starting point for me. Lights have typically been out between 10-11pm. Waking happens between 7-8am. I’ve been sleeping well consistently for a couple weeks. This schedule has really been working out for me.
Goal — To Reduce and Prevent Insomnia
Plan – No electronic devices before meditation/yoga practice in the morning. Never. My phone and tablet aren’t even allowed in the bedroom. This is so important for me to have a fresh start daily. No electronic devices for at least one hour before bedtime.Yeah…Gotta get better about this!!!
Plan – Read more books instead of staring at electronic devices, especially at night READ BOOKS, NOT ELECTRONICS!!! Definitely need to implement this plan. I NEED A NOVEL!!! Or a memoir!!! Suggestions welcome!!!
Goal — To Relieve Depressed Mood, Anxiety Symptoms, and Relieve Pain
Plan — Move!!!! Yoga, Swim, Walk – DO ONE OF THESE ACTIVITIES DAILY – Moving daily helps me to be grounded and present.
Yoga — Attend at least 2 classes a week, practice most days of the week for a minimum of 15 minutes a day. Practice in the morning after waking. May precede meditation. I’ve been attending aerial yoga, heated vinyasa classes – sometimes 3 times a week. My mind and body and yoga practice have been invigorated by these classes!
Swim — 10–20 laps Happens 1-2x per week
Walk — Just get out and walk. Happens 2-3x per week
More Plans — Medicate with cannabis as needed.
- 1-3 inhales from a vaporizer with a CBD-rich strain first thing in the morning if panic/anxiety/pain not relieved by self care bodywork is on board – Will be trying Mary’s Nutritionals CBD Products for relief of these symptoms
- 2–3 inhales from a vaporizer with an indica-dominant strain by 7:30pm to reduce tension and promote sleep. Dakini Kush is an indica dominant strain that I’ve been using nightly. I’ve been sleeping well through the night for a couple weeks. Thank goodness!
Goal — To Nourish My Body To Heal Up From Depression, Anxiety, and Panic
28 Days of Clean Eating inspired meals – Love this book, need to focus on implementing this plan. It’s too easy to fall into cooking ruts!