Yesterday I sat down to meditate, trying to relieve some of my anxiety, only to wake up over half an hour later. I guess I needed the sleep. When I am stressed and overtired I tend to get crabby. I find myself apologizing frequently for being such a bear.
I found this book the other day called, "Breathe Like a Bear." I have been working with my daughter on taking big "woosah" breaths when she is upset and modeling this action myself. So when I saw this book I thought it would be a good tool for us to use.
Last night as I felt myself becoming a bit of a bear, I thought of this book. I have given the bear a negative identity and then also labeled it as a part of me. Instead I have the option to reframe and remember that when I am feeling overwhelmed and snippy, I CAN be the bear and take a breath.
I can release all the judgment I put on myself and instead tune in to the real issue. I can nurture myself and rather than shame the crankiness and make myself more overwhelmed, I have the choice to take a moment to embrace my feelings, take a breath, and redefine which bear I project.
I'm grateful for simple lessons. I'm grateful for a cute book, meant to help my daughter, that helped me. I'm grateful for the reminder of perspective and the power of how I frame and define a situation. I'm grateful to release my guilt and instead embrace habits that will actually help me overcome it. I'm grateful for meditation and even more grateful for sleep! I'm grateful for the patience of my family and the love and support all around me.
What triggers you to feel overwhelmed? What do you do to re-center or redefine?
May today remind us everything is a choice. May we choose what is best for the whole nourishing our body, mind, and spirit. May our self-care reflect in the love we give others. Have a beautiful day!