Rumor has it that extroverts are known for being ‘too much’.
I can’t completely debunk this myth because I am guilty as charged. On a scale of 1 to extra I’m a solid 8.5…okay maybe a 9 on my best day. You can find me at the chatter box AA meeting next Tuesday. Anyway..
One thing that I’ve noticed is that I need to be surrounded by interaction and human beings in order to function every day. Just imagine, the coworker that always skips in to work with a smile, piping hot coffee, and at attitude like it’s a Saturday every morning — hi, that’s me again.
However, my 9-5 situation is quite different now. I’m not exactly ‘skipping’ to my desk, I’m strolling. I’m not chit-chatting all day long so I have to settle for little Paige in my head. And boy, if you thought that I was a talker, you should hear my little conscious. She’s obnoxious. She’s always over thinking, over analyzing, worrying, stressing and driving me nuts. It’s like wash, rinse, repeat x 100. For Christ’s sake, I feel like Lizzie McGuire.
I can’t get her to shut up.
So as you can imagine, while I love the conversation with my little friend up there, I often get overwhelmed with my thoughts. I have so much going on that I don’t know how to escape. So I started doing this thing. At first I thought that it looked funny, sounded a little weird, and that it would probably trick me into taking an unnecessary nap. But I decided to go for it anyway.
I started meditating.
I guess that you could say that my self-help books are starting to get to me. I downloaded this app called ‘Headspace’ recently and decided to go all in. Once I got past the idea that I had to sit criss-cross apple sauce like the third grade, I was in business.
The app provides guided meditation for meditators of all experience levels and is narrated by this amazing guy with a British accent. I feel like I’ve found my British Siri’s soul mate.
So last night was my first stab at this thing. I think I still have a little ways to go because I wasn’t able to channel my super powers on the first try, but I think that this will be great for calming little Paige’s rants and conversations up there for now.
I started sitting and about 60 seconds in, realized that I am far too antsy to be able to get any real head space sitting upright. So what did I do? I flirted with the idea of laying on my back with my palms facing the ceiling. That really did the trick.
Because it was my first ‘session’ the app walked me through a 3-minute meditation exercise. I felt like I needed a little more so I continued to lay down for a few moments longer. Let me tell you, when I got up I felt much calmer. It didn’t work any miracles and I may need to practice for a few more weeks before I announce that I’m the newest member of the Avengers but I think that this new addition to my life will start bringing me much more peace.
What are some of the ways that you try to clear your mind? Help a sista out!
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