I hope you are having a fabulous summer, taking time to enjoy the beauty of Nature and all of the wonderful cultural events taking place throughout the peak season in Door County.
While the summer months typically become a very busy time, it’s important to establish some patterns or habits that are designed to maintain your personal balance and harmony. Last month, I wrote about focussed intentions. This month, I realize that despite our best intentions, many of us will inevitably become so overwhelmed with time constraints that we can’t even stop to consider our intentions much less choose where to focus.
As the season rolls forth, we start to spin with it, compelled by the momentum of expectations, events and appointment deadlines! This seeming loss of control typically leads to an overwhelming sense of anxiety, tension, a feeling that we are always running and never caught up. We stop eating in a mindful and healthy way, grabbing for comfort food and drink, feeling disconnected and ungrounded, among other unpleasant emotions.
At this point you may be wondering, “How on Earth can I ever reclaim my lost sense of order and control?”
Learning to meditate, even for just a few minutes each day, is a method that works for me. There is no better treatment for stress and anxiety than learning how to breathe properly and meditate. And, I’d like to share this powerful technique with you.
I am offering a series of four, bag-lunch, Meditation and Breathing classes on Thursdays from 12 Noon – 1:30 pm on July 9, 16, 23 and 30. We will discuss the physiological effects of the breath, learn new calming breathing practices and discover some tools that will bring you back into balance, presence, and peace. With a greater sense of kindness and compassion expressed first to ourselves and then shared with others, this is a free gift I’d like to provide to my friends, patients and the Door community.
Please, share this opportunity with others, bring your friends and don’t forget a bag lunch – but, an RSVP is appreciated. Call ahead to register for the free series at 920.818.0045.