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Commuting Home

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However you're getting home tonight, your priority has to be your own safety and that of the people around you. So make sure you're fully aware of your surroundings as we do this exercise together. So heading home from work today, hopefully you had a good day at work. But whatever kind of day you had, it's very easy to, although the body has left the place where we were, very often our mind remains there. It gets cool, it gets stuck on a repetitive loop of things that went well, things that perhaps didn't go so well, conversations that we might've had and perhaps even sort of anticipating things that might be coming up down the line. But as much as possible, we wanna try and let go of those things. Not because they are bad in any way, but because we wanna experience being present in life right now. So much of our life is spent a work, it's really important that we're able to transition in a way that when we do get home, we feel like we're in a place where we can begin to rest. Rather than waiting till we get home, allowing all of that conversation to continue in our mind and then deciding to let it go, instead of actually showing up at home. Now we might be going home on our own and spending time with ourselves, and of course, that's just a nicer situation for ourselves and not to be sitting there with a mind really busy with all the thoughts of the day at work. But we may also be going home to a home with other people in it, who have probably had a very different kind of day, who would probably like us to be more present with them and with what's been going on in their life rather than caught up in our own thoughts about what's been going on in our day. So it's really important that we use this transition, that we use this time of commuting home, of traveling home to transition, to let go, to put down all the things that have been going on and instead, just to practice being present. Again, the thoughts are normal, they're natural. We don't have to try and push them away, we don't have to try and get rid of them. Instead, we're just gonna create an environment in which we can become more aware of them. And in becoming more aware of them, we're more able to let them go. So we should take a moment or two just to settle the body, making sure you've sat comfortably, your eyes are open, a soft focus. And then when you feel ready, just taking some big deep breaths, breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth. And as you breathe out this time, just closing the eyes, feeling the weight of the body press down, the weight of gravity pressing down against the seat,...


TypeMindful Activity
Duration10 min

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