It's a beautiful day to be alive..

I had a conversation with one of my students after class a few weeks ago that’s stuck with me over the weeks.
He asked me if I considered myself a high energy person or a low energy person…definitely a high energy person.
And by that I mean, my body likes to be in motion.
It craves change.
It craves movement.
If I sit still too long, literally or figuratively, physically or mentally, I get very uncomfortable.
It’s an interesting blessing.
It keeps me hungry for new adventures, new places, new people, it keeps me open-minded and keeps me from getting too bored or stagnant.
But on the flip side, if I allow this wandering and motion to run freely, it can leave me with a very unsettled feeling.
Like my feet are never really quite on the ground.
Or like I’m never really there.
You know what I mean?
It’s like when you have a really busy day and at the end of the day, your partner or roommate asks…how was your day? And you honestly can’t remember where you were that day or what you did…
It’s like that.
Lately, I’ve been literally up in the air quite a lot, flying a ton for weddings and celebrations, so my feet are quite literally, not on the earth much.
But over the years I’ve developed routines and practices that help counter my busy lifestyle right now, and the amazing thing is, I don’t have to give up the adventures and motion that I love so much, I just have to slow it down a bit more.
Slow it down just enough so I can arrive.
Arrive in this moment.
And that moment.
My number one, non-negotiable trick to grounding myself…my morning routine.
Every morning I wake up, make my bed, get on my knees and say a quick gratitude prayer, brush my teeth, eat breakfast (always oatmeal with a little cinnamon and a fresh banana and my Guayusa tea), meditate for 5-20 min (depending on my day), quick workout, then shower and begin my day.
It took me years to find a routine that worked for me.
I’ve tried to be that yogi that wakes up every morning and starts with sun salutations, I just can’t do it.
But I CAN sit and meditate.
And for a girl who likes motion, believe me, it’s much harder than it sounds.
After my morning routine my whole body feels grounded, like I’ve finally plugged into myself and I can move freely into my day fully present and operating from my deeper self.
My other tactic: intentional pauses.
You know those moments in your day when things are just going so fast and you know you should stop and take a breath but “you just don’t have the time,” it’s those exact moments, especially when I hear myself telling myself I just don’t have the time, that’s when I make the time.
I stop everything I’m doing.
Sometimes I meditate for a quick 5 min.
Sometimes I take a walk around my neighborhood.
Sometimes I just grab a snack and sit at my kitchen table and enjoy the flavor, look out my window and notice the things around me, or often times, I call my mom and see what she’s up to  (hey mom!)
I slam on the brakes.
Take the focus away from me and outside of my own thoughts.
I take a few breaths and reset.
The amount of work to do doesn’t go away.
And sometimes I don’t even feel any better, maybe that pause made me feel even more stressed.
But I still do it.
Because repetition leads to results.
The more you do it, even if it doesn’t feel like your doing much of anything, you're training your mind to pause, putting yourself first, allowing your mind to catch up or slow down to meet your body, so they can move and think and act together, rather than separately.
I make better decisions from this place.
I’m more creative.
I’m more compassionate.
And I’m less reactive.
Give it a try today.
At your busiest moment, intentionally hit pause on your day.
Take a step outside and take a few breaths, notice the sounds and sights around you.
Tell your boss (or your kids) your yoga teacher made you do it ;-) than have them do it with you…
Then do it again tomorrow.
And the next day...
And the next day…      
In the end, we’re all just doing the best with what we got in this moment.
Take a big breath and give yourself some love.

With so much Gratitude,


Taylor PangmanComment