One of my favorite stories is about the about the Protestant reformer, Martin Luther.  As the story goes, Luther had a spiritual practice of praying an hour a day.  One day he said, “I have so much to do today that I have no choice but to spend two hours in prayer.”

As many times as I’ve told that story (I’m usually the one who needs to hear it), I’m always surprised at the punch line.  It is so easy for me to do exactly the opposite – giving up the things that truly feed my soul in order to do what is . . . “Important.”  Could it be that the time to be mindful (prayerful, restful, quiet) is what allows the everything else to happen well?
- Marlene Wine Chase

There is research that support the fact that daily micro-moments of mindfulness increase our capacity to monitor our attention and enhance our working memory, which is the memory that makes connections between what we know and what is new to us.  While those moments may seem to slow us down, they actually give us the resources we need to enhance our thinking!  Spot on, Marlene!!!

Instructions:

Today, create a micro-moment (1-3 minutes) to breathe as a form of preparation before you begin a challenging task.

  • As you breathe in, say to yourself IN and as you breathe out say to yourself OUT.
  • As you breathe in, say to yourself DEEP and as you breathe out say to yourself SLOW.
  • As you breathe in, say to yourself CALM and as you breathe out say to yourself EASE.
  • As you breathe in, say to yourself SMILE and as you breathe out say to yourself RELEASE.
  • Repeat for 1-3 minutes:
    • In, Out
    • Slow, Deep
    • Calm, Ease
    • Smile, Release
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