Tune Out: Meditation Tips For An Active Brain

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So here we are — the holidays are over and you’re left with five extra pounds, no extra dollars, and a resolution list that perhaps looked way more attainable through champagne goggles than it does now. All that, plus the resumption of regular life in all its madness. Fortunately, there are some easy brain-calming meditation methods for keeping sane in an insane world, year-round.

 

GET A LEG UP. Lie down on the floor with your seat as close as possible to a wall so that you can extend your legs up the wall. If necessary, for comfort, you can place a bolster or cushion under your seat and/or move a bit farther from the wall. You can also bend your knees as much as necessary to alleviate any hip flexor or lower back discomfort.

Once you are in position, just…breathe. Focus on your breath as you inhale and exhale. When thoughts crowd in (and they will), let them pass in and out of your mind, and redirect your attention to your breath. Just keep doing this for one minute. Eventually you can increase the time to three minutes, ten minutes — up to twenty minutes in this position, although one minute is plenty to start. It’s not how long you do this. It’s that you do it.

Not only will the breath focus create a greater sense of presence and mindfulness in your daily life if you do it consistently, but this particular restorative position also eases stress and other ailments by increasing the flow of blood and lymphatic fluid through the body. Just make sure that when you are ready to come out of this pose that you roll over onto your side for a few breaths before sitting up.

WALK THE WALK. Set your phone timer for five minutes next time you have an opportunity to walk somewhere alone. Instead of talking or texting or letting random thoughts take over your brain, focus on just putting one foot in front of the other and how that simple act feels in your body. Look around and take note of what you see, what you hear and what you smell. Don’t judge, don’t form an opinion–just observe yourself, your environment and yourself in the environment as you move through it.

COLOR ME SANE. The act of coloring puts me into a zone where my mind is at rest; I let myself choose colors that appeal to me in the moment and then allow my quieted brain to receive whatever inspiration it will. Right now I am working on two books: The Affirmations Coloring Book by Louise Hay (using colored pencils) which helps me to focus on positive prompts while I color, and Mandalas Coloring for Artists (using Sakura Gelly Roll gel pens). Mandalas are ancient circular designs that help to draw one’s focus inward; this book features very intricate and absorbing designs that all but shut out the world around me as I color.

EYE OF THE HURRICANE. When you find yourself in a crowded or chaotic place, such as a supermarket, mall or busy street, view yourself as the calm center of a storm. Observe the people and the activity around you as you breathe deeply, yet view yourself and the space immediately surrounding you as a place of utter calm. This exercise helps me to see that I am separate from the craziness around me. I may be in it, but I am not of it, and the persons and situations that surround me need not disturb or affect me.

TECH SUPPORT. Finally, if the voice of your own internal chaos is a little too loud and insistent for your liking, help is available! I’ve been using a great app called Stop, Breathe & Think, which offers a selection of free (and brief!) guided meditations that you can listen to.

Dani Forest, Fabletics Master

13 comments
Sherry Rusch
Sherry Rusch

After I had ordered enough Fabulous Fabletics items, I started paying attention to the calendar, and remembered to "Skip This Month" every month. If you want a VIP membership, then you need to read the membership instructions. This company is not out to scam anyone.

Sherry Rusch
Sherry Rusch

Thanks for your comment Carol. These lazy and paranoid people, calling Fabletics "scammers," is getting tiring. I have also NEVER been charged for anything I didn't order. I

Amber Falkenburry
Amber Falkenburry

Just received my first $25 outfit in less than a week and yes it was only $25

Jessica Yingling
Jessica Yingling

Lmfao you're a joke. If y'all would read your contracts, there would be no issues.

Fabletics
Fabletics

Thank you for the inspiring comment Kelly! \U0001f60a -Nikki M.

Gio Arrivabene
Gio Arrivabene

Never never never buy anything fro Fabletics!!!! They charged my boyfriend £44 from my boyfriend for a membership he did not want! He called them and asked for a refund and they said "too bad!". On top of that they have a very strict refunds policy. He bought me stuff for Christmas and I wanted to return them. They said it was only 14 days for a refund so now I am stuck with a gift voucher from them; which will be a waste as they pissed me off so much by charging my bf for something he didn't want that it will probably go tot waste. I hope they go bankrupt!!!

Heather Sterner
Heather Sterner

Great outfits, no complaints. Thanks Fabletics and Kate Hudson.

Carol Naegele
Carol Naegele

Cracks me up, it's not a scam, people are just lazy and illiterate. Read it, it's simple, you pay nothing to sign up, beginning of the month if you don't want to purchase anything, you click the magic little red button, it says SKIP This Month, and boom, no charge! I've been with Fabletics close to 2 years now, NEVER have they charged my card, stop being lazy whiners

Larissa Lansdown
Larissa Lansdown

Friends who may be thinking of buying something from this company. As seen on ACA in Australia they are scammers. Be warned. The parent company have been outed in the USA as scam artists. They get u to sign up to purchase activeware, which in some cases never turns up. They keep dipping into your credit card up to months later!

Tania Clarke
Tania Clarke

Just saw a news item about Fabletics....be very careful when you purchase from them...they are taking peoples money after the first purchase it made and are not making it known that that is what they are going to do...\U0001f615

Silke Matero
Silke Matero

I have this in the red one. I love it!!! It's sexy and comfortable.