The Internal Conflict: My Mind vs. My Body

Today I teeter on too much and not enough. My eyes feel drained, heavy, and ready for a break, yet my mind is fresh with ideas, desires, and the inspirations to create. My internal hustle does not want to stop, but my very being needs to align before I can charge forward.

So..... to which do I listen?

My body would say, "Me!" My mind would say, "Me!". But I realize there is one more part to listen to... Self... and you say, "Both, but in this order."

When I follow my own guidance this is my two-part approach to align my hustle.

First I allow my mind a timed brain-dump session. Everything gets dumped into a journal - everything my mind is jazzed about and ready to create which includes a list of all it is ready to say, do, and share. However, once the timer chimes, I stop.

First I allow my mind a timed brain-dump session. Everything gets dumped into a journal - everything my mind is jazzed about and ready to create which includes a list of all it is ready to say, do, and share. However, once the timer chimes, I stop.

Then I turn my attention to the needs of my body and its alignment with all of the demands my mind has placed upon it. Here are the "to-dos" that I use to accomplish this. Depending on my degree of fatigue or the amount of time I can stay, these techniques can vary from minutes to a full day. You will have to discern this for yourself.

[Quick tip for MAX Alignment results: practice with pure presences. In other words, NO MULTI-TASKING]

  1. Stop, drop, and UNWIND. Deep relaxation is one of the most satisfying tricks to connect back to your natural state of energy. My preferred way to is to get down on the floor, stretch my body out wide, close my eyes, and feel my body being supported by the floor.

  2. Sip tea. Take the time to enjoy the art of drinking your hot tea. Mindfully enjoying a cup during the middle of the day with no other distractions is a simple technique. And if you are a geek like me you will get into the different flavors, brands, and selection out there all with just tea.

  3. Take a slow-mo stroll. Check out the outside world and discover new colors, smells, shapes, and sounds. When you venture outside without an objective to be fast or achieve anything but the simple experience of the moment, nature provides a dose of energy you can't generate from anything else.

  4. Doodle. One of the most meditative practices I know is to doodle. Let your pen move on paper in all directions. Color between the lines. Watch the ink bleed into the paper and form beautiful images.

  5. Journal your deepest feelings. Like a brain dump, do a feelings dump. Let out all that you may be carrying with you: fears, concerns, worries, what ifs. You know all the heavy stuff that weighs you down and is not even real.

  6. Nap. My favorite. Quick side story, when I was in high school I was selected to be in my school's beauty pageant. I agreed to participate and completed the paperwork for submission that included the question "What are your hobbies?" I asked my mom what she thought I should put down and she said, "You like to sleep." Well, sure enough, when I was prancing across the stage in my formal wear the announcer says, "Lyn Tally, a sophomore, who loves to sleep." Y'all, I about died. But nothing has changed. I love me some naps.

  7. Meditate. I know it is the buzz word of the century, but there is a reason for it. Do it when you are feeling ultra depleted. It is one of the richest and most nurturing resets you will experience.

  8. Play a game. Take yourself to the playground or pull out the board game. There is nothing like a park swing or a laugh with a roll of dice to help you realign your energy.

What are ways you reconnect to your energy so you can show up with your fullest spirit?

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