Andrew Rader, LAc, MS
SEVEN MINUTES OF SANITY
There is so much overwhelm going on that we often find ourselves exhausted at the end of the day without any feeling of having control over how our day went. We just ended up here, and now we are too tired to do anything about it. "Let's just watch a movie......"
Try this. Set your cell phone alarm to a designated time where you can take out seven minutes. Seven minutes is just about the right amount of time that you won't feel is too much of a luxury and it is enough to accomplish the task.
It is best to do this outside. If in the city, find some semblance of a natural setting. A park, a patch of green, a tree, or just a potted plant, or even just allowing yourself to see the sky. For seven minutes do nothing. No thing in particluar. No agenda, other than to do nothing. This means no checking cell phone or email. If you can be alone and not be seen, you can close your eyes or leave them open, but you don't need to worry about someone wondering what you are doing. If you are in a public place, you may have to find a way to let others know to leave you alone. You can turn your cell phone off, so there are no emf's, and hold it up to your ear as if you were in conversation. Or you can just walk slowly with eyes downward. The point is to give yourself the time and space of freedom and joy of time and space, with no compulsion to be productive. You may or may not meditate. You may or may not think. You may or may not do anything in particular. Seven minutes of complete freedom. See how that works for you. Warning, may become habit forming.