Peace of mind is a beautiful thing but I have been there when my mind was absolutely racing and spinning out of control to the point I needed to go to hospital. That gave me a huge shock. I have since heard the expression:
‘You are not the type of person you would find in a mental hospital’.
My response –
Why not? I have a mind. That’s like saying ‘you are not the type of person you would find in a hospital.’ We all have a body that can catch disease and bones that can break. We also all have a mind that can break. We need to look after it.
Acceptance is important. I still try and work out what went wrong with my mind and how I could suddenly become so very unwell. Sometimes I just need to breath and feel thankful for the lessons. We need to turn our analyser down. It’s great to be curious but sometimes we can be too curious and we need to get into the present moment. Below I list some of my favourite moments of peace this week.
Being in the water, swimming into the sun. I loved it so much that I went back to get my phone to bring you in with me (see video above). It was a beautiful moment of peace, stillness and calm and I loved it. That moment was enough to boost me up with mojo for the rest of the afternoon and into the evening.
Enjoying reading and listening to audiobooks. If you want a comforting and friendly listen, check out my podcast episode 113 from this week here with the very lovely Lisa Kennedy. It’s like a warm hug.
Singing at the top of my lungs and dancing around, just me and the music.
My 6 year old brushing my hair and calling me his Queen.
A solo sunset walk in the snow, with some calm tunes.
Decluttering my room and adding an extra couple of floating shelves for my books.
Self love – accepting any negative thoughts, letting them float past and replacing them with compassion.
A loving kindness meditation.
Time spent looking at the stars in the hot tub.
Laughing about the little moments I can’t control (eg being interrupted in the above video).
Shaving slowly and painting my nails.
Making a rose petal bath (the kids wanted to join in of course).
Going for a blood test and feeling thankful for the NHS.
Enjoying a nice fragrance and expressing gratitude for it. We don’t need to have plans to smell nice. Wear something nice just for you.
Removing my phone and distractions and being still.
Limiting my news consumption and taking regular breaks from social media.
Looking through old pictures. I may not be able to travel now, but I enjoyed looking through memories. This picture was taken on the East coast of Australia. It took me back to travelling the world, sleeping in hostels, boats, trains. Wild and free. Learning, exploring, partying and ending it all with my first tattoo. I love the memories but I am now so thankful for my comfy, safe and private bed.
I hope this inspires you to find little moments of peace and gratitude as we go into a new week. You got this.
Can you spot me?