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Its a typical Tuesday morning, and I wake up with a feeling of anger and frustration.  My typical M.O. is to take it out on those closest to me – subconsciously – or at least I tell myself so.  Instead, on this particular Tuesday, I decide to lie in bed for an extra 15 minutes and repeat the Serenity Prayer over and over again.  Each time breaking it down into smaller bytes. First, I go over each sentence, “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change”.  I realize the things I cannot change are all things outside of me – people and their behaviors in particular.  I feel a little deflated because my ego is sure I know it all and can offer others – especially my significant other some pointers. Then I go to the second sentence, “The courage to change the things I can.” I become painfully aware that the only thing I can change is ME! My ego wants to suggest I am perfect and everyone else has the problem, what could I possibly change about myself?  I move to the third sentence, “and the Wisdom to know the difference.”  This is the topper and I slow way down.  “Know the difference”, what does that mean exactly?

I repeat the Serenity Prayer in this manner over and over again, and suddenly out of left field, I feel this incredible sense of peace.  I begin to “get it”.  The ability to accept the things I cannot change, means I don’t have to change anyone or any situation! WOOT! WOOT!  I can give it to my higher power and leave it alone. As a result, I get to increase my peace by having the courage to change my MIND about the whole thing! Yes, changing my perspective takes courage because my ego is strong and constant but, I can and do.  As time passes, especially in this meditation, I receive the Wisdom to know the difference.  So long as I make time for my higher power in my life, the wisdom comes naturally and I can make decisions and choices elegantly.

I open my eyes 15 short minutes later and feel like a whole new person.  I did not have to figure out the answer to everyone’s problems or my own, I just had to stay focused on something positive for 15 minutes.  That is about the length of time I’ve waited in line for coffee or lunch. I LOVE THIS!

May you give yourself the opportunity to take 15 minutes out of your day to celebrate in your connection to Source!  Much peace and love.

Jennifer

An easy and wonderful way to start the weekend is with a quick meditation.  Remember, the way in which you start your day is how the rest of the day will naturally flow.  Wouldn’t it make sense to start the day clean and relaxed, instead of stressed and in a hurry?  We shower each day to get the sweat off our bodies, why wouldn’t we meditate and get quiet each day to wash the stress off?

Here is a simple and effective tool to get your weekend started right!

1.  Close your eyes

2.  Pay attention to how you are naturally breathing.

3.  Ask yourself, “Is my breathing short and shallow or long and deep?” and just notice what you notice. Do this for 30 seconds.

4.  Begin deep breathing – in through the nose, expanding at the navel; out through the mouth making the “HAAAAA” sound and contracting at the navel.  Your belly button should move away from your spine on the inhale and fall back toward the spine on the exhale.

5.  Make sure the exhale is longer than the inhale.  The exhale is where relaxation happens.

6.  Count in for “3” and out for “6”

7.  Take 4 deep “counted” breaths, then relax and be quite for as long as you need.

8.  Then, identify at least 3 things you are Grateful for. Repeat 3 times, “I am Grateful For….” and let the ending come naturally.

9.  When you are finished intend to open your eyes feeling calm and refreshed – then begin an Awesome Day!

For a guided introduction to this relaxation breathing technique, visit my website, scroll down and click on “Learn to Breathe and Relax”. http://www.jenniferjade.com/products/

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