Hello and welcome to episode 19 of grounded in stillness.
We all have to do it, sometimes waiting happens multiple times a day.
Or sometimes we are waiting for something important we are wishing the days away until we know what we have been waiting for. Which makes you wonder, how many days have you wished away waiting for an answer?
This relaxation focuses on being able to embrace waiting. To use it as a positive thing.
So find yourself a comfortable position. Sitting or laying the choice is yours.
Adjust your shoulders, adjust your hips.
Slowly close your eyes.
Become aware of your breath.
Breathe in, breathe out.
Take a few moments to observe your breath.
How you feel right now.
How each breath follows on from the last.
How each thought follows on from the last.
Be with your breath.
Be with your thoughts.
Become aware of how it feels to wait.
To wait for the next out breath, the next in breath.
To wait for the next thought.
Observe how your body feels when you are waiting.
Do you begin to try and anticipate the next breath, anticipate the next thought.
Maybe your mind begins to wonder, about things in your life you end up waiting for.
A train, a bus, a taxi, a friend to turn up for coffee, exam results.
How does waiting affect your body and mind.
Slowly bring yourself back to your breath.
Breathe in, wait, then breathe out, wait, then breathe in.
The challenge is to allow the waiting to happen.
No need to rush your breath. Allow your body to breathe in its own deep natural relaxing rhythm.
Use the rhythm to learn how to stay with waiting.
Breathe in, wait, breathe out, wait.
Notice how it currently feels to wait.
Observe the space between the in breath and out breath.
How that space you have no control over, it will always happen, it will always force you to wait for the next breath.
Waiting can be turned into something positive. Waiting encourages you to ground yourself into the present moment.
Because the present moment is all you have.
Did you notice when you first thought about waiting, how your mind connects to the future.
Things that are yet to happen, things you have no control of the outcome, as they are yet to impact your life.
Compared to now, as you gently wait for the in breath and out breath.
How those few moments of waiting, allow you to become lost in the stillness and calmness of your breath and body.
Take one more deep breath in. Deep breath out.
Allow your breath to return to its natural rhythm.
Gently wiggle your fingers and your toes.
Slowly open your eyes.
Thank you for listening.