Time to Check In

If you have taken a moment to break away from your everyday task list and projects to read this article, then you are already in a place to offer yourself a break to check in. Before I even go on, I need you to sit up straight and take a deep breath. Really, I'm serious. I bet that first one was pretty wimpy, so I'm going to ask you again and will be more specific this time.

Sit up, breathe in through your nose and fill your lungs to capacity. Hold it for two seconds. Now release all of the air through your mouth. You might even make an awkward noise causing a co-worker to glance your way, but don't worry, they will probably be envious of the release and try it themselves.

So, now that I have your attention and the air has been cleared (literally), it's time to check in. What were you thinking about or doing right before you opened this article? Was it positive or negative? Was it urgent or just you causing your own sense of urgency? Whatever it was, let it go and just breathe.

How are you feeling now? Better? The same? Give yourself just these few moments to scan your body from the top of your head down to your toes and try to read what you might need right now.

Perhaps you need some peace of mind from stress and worry. Perhaps you need a healthy meal because you feel malnourished or some Echinacea and warm water to fight off the influenza epidemic currently affecting our nation. You might feel great and have a hint of a smile on your face and if so, kudos to you!

I must confess, this isn't all my idea. I went to bed early the other night with the intention of indulging in a solid night's sleep before rising at 5:30 a.m. to attend my favorite 6 a.m. hot yoga class. Once the lights were out, I tossed and turned in my bed for over two hours. What was I doing up and staring at the minutes of the clock pass by when I knew I was getting up so early!? If worrying and multitasking was an Olympic sport, then the women of the world would dominate the medal stand. My mind was racing with thoughts of the week ahead; task lists, decisions about my social calendar, life reflections and the list goes on. Not to mention contemplating what I wanted to write about this week.

Then at 6 a.m., I arrived to my yoga class with my eyes only half open, but my mind already racing back toward the thoughts that had kept me up until the wee hours of the night. Meg the Yogi took her place at the front of the room and said, "It's Monday morning, Yogis; let's check in with ourselves and start the week in a calm space." Simple brilliance. Check in and let go. Be who you are and know that we have the power to let go of anything that we feel is weighing us down.

It was only 6:05 a.m. when I decided that I would worry only about my time spent that day. The next day is destined to have enough worries of its own. So, I encourage you to do the same and heed the wise words of Meg the Yogi.

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