This is the first in a series of blogs I will be writing about living a more relaxed life and focusing on creating what you REALLY want. The topic of “internal agitation” has been present with me recently and I want to explore what you do to calm the agitation, and tell you what has helped me through the years. I have noticed the feeling is present when I am fearful or worried and can be compounded with too much sugar, caffeine or other bad foods for my body (especially chocolate). Some folks may describe it as “being stressed out,” or “feeling uptight,” but if you sit with it and become present, it is like a buzzing inside you – static.
So how do you clear the static? I have found several techniques that work for me. One is simply breathing long and deep. Think of breathing all the way in until your whole body feels like an inflated balloon and then exhaling all the way out, pulling your navel in towards your spine. This process is like a tonic for your body & mind. It actually slows down the brain and all of those negative, worrisome thoughts. It is also a tonic for all of your organs. The great thing is, you can do it anywhere and no one will know that you are calming your internal agitation.
Another technique I find help helpful is simply sitting and noticing the agitation. I have a daily practice of sitting for at least 20 minutes. For some, that can be painful and on some days it is painful for me. But even sitting for 5-10 minutes a day in a quiet space can make a difference. By doing this you are cultivating a “neutral mind.” Neutral mind is that place where we understand the best course of action to take in a particular situation. It is the place where solutions arise to the toughest problems without any thinking or effort, totally stress-free. It is where we are tuned into our internal knowing.
We all possess positive and negative mind but we must cultivate neutral mind. The positive mind tells you what good will come out of a situation. It represents your optimistic side and your ability to give and have hope. Your negative mind warns you of danger and possible problems in any given situation. Of course, the problems arise when your positive and negative minds are not in balance. An underdeveloped positive mind can lead toward depression and negativity. An underdeveloped negative mind can cause impulsiveness. Both minds serve us, and by developing neutral mind we balance both the negative and positive to create a clearer, more relaxed brain.
And I think we all know that when we are more relaxed, we are more effective, have better ideas and have more fun! So I invite you to share what calms your internal agitation and observe whether it is running you, or are you running it.