Last night HC and I were watching a Hallmark Movie (please don’t tell anyone). At one point in the movie they started talking about MINDFULNESS and we both looked at each other and cracked up laughing. It is kinda an inside joke with us… I am trying to learn DBT (dialectical behavior therapy) by reading a course book she has and I can’t seem to get past the Mindfulness Chapter. Once I get a better handle of this DBT stuff I will commit a few posts to sharing what I have learned. That is still a work in progress.
The Rich Folk
I know this seems very stereotypical but we really did see this on a movie. My theory is if you have seen ONE Hallmark movie you pretty much have seen them all but, HC is a huge fan of happy endings so sometimes I suffer through a movie or two with her. So enter very handsome guy from the city trying to fly fish for the first time with a down home very attractive female. At one point he looks over at her and says that this reminds him a little of his Mindfulness Sessions. She of course asked him what a Mindfulness Session consists of and she got an explanation. The short answer was you pay a person to come to your home two or three times a week to help you find your inner peace through Yoga and Meditation. They did not discuss cost but I asked my good buddy Siri and he told me an average lesson is $73.00 per hour.
The Country Folk
Once again very stereotypical, but it’s just a movie. She proceeds to tell him how much money he could save just by coming to this fishing hole every Sunday after church and he would have all he would need from a mindfulness point of view. And very cheap. How much one may ask? Siri tells me you can pick up a fishing lure for $0.89.
The In-Between Folk
I am not by any means poking fun at either side. I absolutely LOVE spending time in the woods or on a lake and it is so peaceful and relaxing but realistically that is more for my vacation week than a weekly or daily ritual. I also think there is a time and a place for meditation and yoga for some but again not a daily ritual for me. I am lucky to be able to find just a few minutes to gather my thoughts some days.
Wondering what was out there for someone like me I was drawn to an APP for my iPhone. This APP is free although there are upgrades available if you want. It is called Meditation Studio by Muse. I like this because I can pick the length of time and the background noise and it really does relax me in the morning. I like the 7-minute morning routine with thunder and rain in the background. And it’s free. And you don’t need waders.
I used to think that meditation was just a fancy way to say a prayer or recite a favorite poem or quote or perhaps sit in a certain way and chant. Until they started teaching my daughter how to be mindful and grounded and in the present, I didn’t really have a clue what mindfulness was all about. She has actually been able to teach me some things about the best ways to be in the present. I always thought I was there in the present…boy was I wrong.
I was very content with my 7 minute meditation until recently. I found an article in a magazine about these new gadgets. I love new gadgets. This was something that caught my attention during what seems to be Mindfulness Week in my world. The same company that has the APP that I use every morning had developed a device that guides you into your perfect meditation place. It works like an EEG that reads your brain waves.
It is my way of not being able to cheat your way through your morning routine. I will be the first to admit that I have created many grocery lists during my 7-minute morning routine and although it is helpful for planning dinner it is not what I had intended for my “start the day off right” moments. It is hard for me to explain how it works so the best way is for you to go checkout the site for yourself. As usual I am an affiliate marketer and I do make a small commission if you were to purchase anything from this site, but my goal is to inform more than sell. Everything that I discuss is something that I have found to be useful in my quest to be the best mom and caregiver for my daughter.
Muse Home Page“>IntraXon is the place this gadget is available. I am a science geek. My professional life revolves around working in a laboratory and that is my happy place. Science and facts and data… Meditation for me has always been a challenge. It is hard for me to slow my mind down and I am always thinking ahead to what needs done next. This headgear is the perfect way to help me achieve another type of happy place. A calming, relaxing, clear out all the garbage place.
Muse Muse Shop Products“>headgear translates your brainwaves into the guiding sounds of weather. The EEG device interprets your mental activity (scary I know) and helps gently guide you to a calm mind. It is sorta like starting out in a CAT4 hurricane and eventually get to calm skies and chirping birds. These calibrated sensors can tell when your mind is drifting…how awesome is that.
It actually becomes a challenge to find those “birds”.
My daughter can find her personal “grounding” and calming place by using techniques she has learned in her DBT training. I need help get to that place so this is perfect for me. It doesn’t cost a fortune and I was already using the MUSE APP on my phone.
The entire world seems to be in a hustle bustle overdrive place and then I look at a bulletin board at work and see my work sponsors monthly Mindfulness Gatherings. Kinda sounds like a cult of sorts but this is the NEW THING. It strengthens one’s awareness of what is in the present. And when you have a mind like my daughters that keeps leaving the present and going back to those scary places this becomes a necessity!!
I admit I was skeptical at first but this moment-to-moment awareness is a fascinating place to hang out for a while. It gets me ready for the day. I have learned to control my breathing as well as my thoughts. Give it a try and see for yourself.
Keep on fighting the good fight