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Practicing awareness, presence, self-study, being busy, moving through tasks, taking care of others, not slowing down and really resting can bring us to a feeling of being brain tired.  Always thinking, reading, planning, doing, being in the moment, at some point can come to a head. It can be a feeling of pressure or mental fatigue or just feeling blah, not energized. There are some rebound tools I use which I would like to share with you.  

  1. Five-minute meditations or rests: put your phone’s timer on for five minutes. Select a beautiful sound. You could also add a meditation timer app. In any chair or seat, draw the belly in and up to elongate the spine, then relax. Inhale long and exhale long repeating silently, "OM," with each inhalation and exhalation. Or you can select any word—love, peace, balance, joy—just repeat the word so your mind has no chance to think.
  2. Breathing practices, focus on your breath. Inhale as you count 1,2,3,4 pause, exhale as you count 4,3,2,1. Continue for three rounds like this, using your fingers to know how many rounds you have completed. Then take three rounds in this fashion: inhale as you count 1,2,3,4 pause, exhale as you count 6,5,4,3,2,1. By counting to each breath, again, your mind has no chance to think.
  3. If you have a yoga practice, go to your yoga mat. Roll out your mat anywhere in your home. Take a moment to sit on your mat, take a few breaths. Then think about a pose that you really like. One that makes you feel good when you take a class. And walk your body into the pose. Take a few breaths. Adjust. Feel whatever sensations come up. Then walk into another pose. And just focus on creating these yoga forms with your body, being on your yoga mat. If you don’t have a mat, sit on a towel or area rug and do the same in seated yoga forms like forward folds or twists. The point is to focus on your body and not think.
  4. Sitting and listening to music without thinking about what is that instrument or who is playing. Just listening and allowing the sounds to enter the mind. Or listening to music that you know all of the words to and singing along—and maybe even dancing about!
  5. Cooking or baking. Making something when you have time, not rushed. And just enjoy doing it. No pressure, not for a dinner or event, just to cook or bake. And of course, then you’ll have it for a meal or to share or to tuck away in the freezer for another time.

Periodic rebounds do wonders to rest the thinking mind. There are no goals. Just doing the restful acts, relaxing the mind and reaping the benefits. 

May you be happy. May you be free. May you be grateful. May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace.

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