If you’ve ever seen one, you’ll know what I’m talking about. But I’ll try to describe the way the Jitterbug fishing lure works so you can follow my analogy. The Jitterbug is designed with a curved steel plate in the front. Because of this plate, the top-water lure undulates, gyrates, billows, rolls, and whirls about in the water as the fisherperson retrieves it. All of the action and noise is great for attracting fish, and there is no more fun in fishing than when a big one strikes a floating lure; rising up out of the water, head thrashing back and forth. Diving back in, running deep to try to escape. (Don’t worry, I usually catch and release, although that too, may have its inhumane aspects.)
While that kind of activity is wonderful for fishing, it’s not so good for our brains. Yes, I had one of those mornings where as soon as I was up my mind was filled with a million different things pulling my limited attention span in a million different directions. The Ancient Toltecs call this the “Mitote.” The thousands of voices in our heads. All speaking, screaming, and demanding simultaneously. Many put there by societal dictates, others from our parents as we were growing up, more from our educators, still more from employers bossing us about and giving us deadlines, and even more from all those other significant people in our lives.
But where’s our one, individual, true voice? The one that can lead us in the right direction? Submerged in that dark sea of pulsating neurons? Roaring, crashing waves of words, beneath gale-force winds?
Time to quiet the mind.
Once and a while, or maybe as often as we can, we need to give ourselves a little time and attention. It’s important to take care of ourselves and this means our mind and our body. And if the mind won’t slow down consciously, it’s time to work on it through the subconscious and through the body. Take a spa day so to speak.
So, after rising with Jitterbug brains today, I climbed into my portable infrared sauna. Admittedly, it’s not quite as good as the real thing, but it’s not bad either. And it’s an economical way to start putting my body in a meditative state, since the gray matter is not listening.
While sweeting out all those nasty toxins, I relaxed with a guided meditation. Even better. Although our brains won’t always follow along, our subconscious mind is listening.
I followed this with a relaxing Epson Salts bath. If you do this, you’ll want to stay in long enough to absorb some of the magnesium – at least 20 to 30 minutes. The magnesium will relax your smooth and skeletal muscles, and it’s a good detoxing agent too. Essential oils are good for this too.
While laying back in the tub, I listened to some good meditation music. And, if you follow this blueprint, make sure you support your neck, a rolled-up towel can help here. The idea is to restore calm and relaxation, not strain your system further. Add your favorite vitamin water to replenish your cells.
After that, a little preening. Yep, condition the hair, gnaw down the claws, a little organic coconut oil to restore the moisture to the skin. Whatever your body is craving that you’ve been ignoring.
Now that I had my body prepped and got my subconscious mind to pay attention, it was time to bring it home with some Chi Gong exercises – moving meditation. I followed that with some Resonant Movement Meditation and capped it all off with some foot reflexology massage.
Finally, I could focus. And so, I wrote this. 😊
I hope you have a great day. I’m going to continue mine with a little yoga and maybe a little Tai Chi, a good book, maybe some more writing, drifting with the wind . . .
Photo: I found this photo on the internet in the public domain. No other attribution could be found.