P E A C E O U T
What wellness professionals do to find their daily moment of chill
September 21 marks the International Day of Peace; it’s a cause for pause, and for reflection on how to make the world a better place through self-discovery, empathy and positive actions. Every so often a stolen moment is necessary to reset and rejuvenate, whether it's in the form of a quick puff before a meditation session, making time for a sweat-drenched spin class, or enjoying an edible before bed. When you’ve got zero bandwidth thanks to life’s daily grind, it's a pretty tall order to achieve these moments of self-care. So, we spoke to three experts about finding peace when you need it most, and how that calm can lead to an uplifted outlook.
TAKE A BREATHER
My days as a yoga and meditation teacher are hectic and busy. I'm usually starting the day early, and ending late. Finding peace while working to teach it is an interesting practice. In moments when I'm starting to feel drained, pulled into chaos, or just not like myself, I keep it simple. I close my eyes, stop what I am doing, take a full deep inhale, and a full deep exhale. Sometimes I need just one breath, other times I need more. But this simple practice immediately grounds me and resets me. You can feel the shift right away, if you take the time to just do it. I can then move forward again in a much calmer, clearer way.
This is exactly what I would suggest others to do when they are feeling overwhelmed and need a moment to reset. Breath is everything, and it's the only constant in an ever-changing world. It never goes anywhere, and it's always there as your anchor. So if you take a moment to connect with full awareness to yours, fully and deeply, it will do just that. Anchor you, calm you, and act as a reset.
If you have a bit more time, I would suggest finding somewhere quiet to sit while practicing the one minute breath. Inhale for 20 seconds, hold your breath for 20 seconds, exhale for 20 seconds. This breath immediately calms the nervous system, and puts you in a peaceful state. If 20 seconds is too long, shorten the breath but keep each part equal. Repeat for as long as you can.
Humans are so complex and our minds so overactive that even in finding peace, we tend to over-complicate things. Bringing everything back to simple is where we need to go. Stop looking externally for every fix, and try to remember that we hold everything we need to find ease, peace, and all it takes sometimes is one breath.
- Tara Good, yoga + meditation teacher + energy healer based in Toronto.
SEEK TIME FOR SELF-CARE
I find peace in committing to a relaxing ritual.
At home: Good lighting, Japanese incense, music, facial care steps - cleanse, exfoliate, serum, night cream. And only comfortable clothes.
On a regular basis: Set aside time to have great memorable experiences with my husband, my family, and close friends.
Commit to finding the time to relax and unwind even if it's only a short time each day. I truly believe it can help us be more productive and more focused in every area of life.
- Jessica Norton, owner of Seattle’s Spa Noir.
CONNECT TO WHAT'S WITHIN
Every moment in life is about taking back your power and reclaiming your peace. For me, that is my golden rule of existence. Between being an independent artist, entrepreneur, event producer and medicine woman, I find myself constantly having to find balance and bliss. I water my relationship with myself as if it’s a beautiful growing plant.
As often as I remember, I stop and breathe deeply. For me, that’s the best way to reconnect with God, to reconnect with myself. By breathing deeply, I acknowledge the divinity that resides within. I am deliberate with my thoughts and actions and every moment for me is about reclaiming my peace. How can I make myself feel better in this exact moment
We exist in a reality that often times challenges us to be intentional with how we use our energy. Living a life of service requires me to operate from my highest potential. In order for me to give my best to the world, I have to be at my best! When I’m in a peaceful state, I can truly serve my purpose.
The easiest way to reclaim your peace is to focus on the present moment and fully embrace it. What’s happening around you? How does this moment inspire you?
By allowing yourself to tune in to the now and take deep breaths, you can easily connect to God frequency. When you find your peace, your aura glows and blessings flow. Open yourself up to abundance by opening yourself up to well being! The most beautiful thing about all of this is, that you can inspire everyone around you in finding their own peace and function at their greatest capacity.
- Lizzy Jeff, artist + entrepreneur + event producer + medicine woman based in LA.