Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Ask Uttara: If I only have five minutes . . . and I NEED to gather myself together... What is the best thing to do and say to myself?

Dearest Reader:
Wow – five minutes?  Yes, been there; I understand. 

The first thing you need to do is check in with your body; allow your breath to deepen and perhaps try a mudra (a symbolic gesture using the hands).  The grounding mudra is a good one if you are stressed, fearful or scattered -- lightly touch the tips of your thumbs to your ring fingers.  (Right hand thumb to right hand ring finger; left hand thumb to left hand ring finger).  If you are angry, confused or just don’t know what to do, then the memory mudra would be the way to go – gently touching the tips of your fingers together.  I’ve attached some photos, check them out.

Grounding Mudra
Close your eyes and breathe deeply.  Release your tongue from the roof of your mouth and soften your face.  If you have been anticipating a stressful moment or day, take a few moments to visualize the very best possible scenario.  See yourself in your mind and you are smiling; you are kind; you are being your best self. 
Hakini (Memory) Mudra

This couple moments is also a great time for you to use a mantra or prayer or any positive thinking phrase. 
The Sanskrit phrase “Om Namah Shivaya” will help you to access your inner wisdom.  If you don't know how to pronounce that, check it out on YouTube. 
The Serenity Prayer perhaps – “God/Goddess, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.
You have to choose something that is meaningful to you; it can be something you use regularly; or it may just pop into your mind in that moment.

Remember that everything in your life has prepared you for this moment; there isn’t anything you are given that you do not have the tools to deal with. 
And be sure that when you have MORE than five minutes that you do indeed make time for self-care, for fun, for joy in your life.  Life can be a big slog through the mud OR a joy-filled wonder; the difference is not what happens to you, but your attitude towards it.



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