A few weeks ago, I got a massage after probably the most hectic work week I’ve had in a few years (120 final exams to grade, 120 grades to finalize, all school all day co-planned event to end the week, and a partridge in a pear tree.) Amongst other things, I hoped to “reset” my peroneal tendinitis in hopes of working out again. (Update- running successfully. I run/walked the 5K on Thanksgiving, which was hard, but better than a permanent injury.)
I found myself wishing I could relax. Those of you know me in real life know that I am the Type-A-iest of the Type As. So I went to my typical standby- focusing on colors.
I don’t know if it’s because I haven’t been to hot yoga in awhile, or because I was coming off such a wave of stress, but I found myself even arguing within the colors. Neon yellow or dull yellow? Is there even such a thing as dull orange? Kelly green or forest green? OH MY GOSH CORINNE STOP AND RELAX, BOB SPENT GOOD MONEY ON THIS MASSAGE.
Needless to say, I needed to bring mindfulness back to my life, and quickly. I’ve always struggled with quiet prayer because my mind spirals and spirals. Written prayer and journaling have been met with a modicum of success, but I’m not sure what it will take at this point.
I downloaded an app onto my phone called Insight Timer, and I like it because it prompts me at 10:15 each night to take a few moments and be mindful. (Again with the Type A business.) In this season of flurry and momentum as we deck the halls with jingling bells and pop exponential amounts of Excedrin in the process, take a few moments to savor the silence and calm the nerves.
I’ve always loved the hymn Ubi Caritas, but recently found it in a different breathtaking setting. Prince William had this setting commissioned for his wedding, which is the source of the video. Close your eyes and be mindful.