For the last week, this picture pretty much sums up the way I’ve felt…and looked. I’ve had Bronchitis and a general case of the crud.
What I thought started out as allergies almost a month ago has proven to be a nasty bug that just won’t quit. What’s worse is that I could have probably prevented it from getting this bad if I had just taken some time off to get some rest.
Unfortunately, I did what so many of us are guilty of doing. I ran at 100 mph, continuing to work, run errands, and manage all of life’s little responsibilities. It culminated in me feeling like I had been hit by a Mack Truck last week, losing my voice, and having to cancel a class (something I’ve only had to do one other time in the last fifteen years).
Interestingly enough, while it was still in “allergy phase” I attended a couple of RISE sessions. One session I attended was by James Ochoa, owner of The Life Empowerment Center, and was about the neuroscience of thriving in an attention-challenged world.
My favorite take-away was that while mindful meditation, exercise, and peaceful walking can calm and center your brain, it is also critical for the brain to have at least 20 minutes of time doing nothing more than staring into space each day.
Extensive research has proven that the simple act of doing nothing spikes our brain function. Things come together in a way that is necessary for the brain to come back to center.
According to Mr. Ochoa, confusion, irritation, overwhelm, and disorientation are all signs of an unbalanced mind. Sense of flow, Zen, peace, and harmony, on the other hand are all signs of a balanced mind. I don’t know about you, but I need to spend a little more time doing nothing to get well and become more balanced.
If staring into space spikes brain function, I must have been a genius when I was a kid. I just wish my teachers had known this all of those years ago when I got in trouble at school for day dreaming!