30-Minute Magic!

by Anna Dale, LMT

If I told you that you could change your life in 30 minutes, would you believe me?  Before you decide yes or no, I invite you to come on a little journey with me…and Sally.

It’s a Tuesday morning.  Our main character (let’s call her Sally) has stayed up a little too late the night before watching TV.  Darn Netflix, DVR, and TIVO anyway… it just makes it too easy to keep watching the next episode!  So Sally, kicking herself and feeling tired and heavy reluctantly pulls the covers down, rubs her eyes, and with much resistance makes her way to the bathroom and the start of another day.

Whether you relate to Sally’s situation exactly, recall a time in your life when you have felt tired, heavy, and resistant to beginning.  It could be you feel that way right now!

As Sally splashes some cool water on her face, and pulls on some clothes, the heaviness remains in her heart and body.  A deep sigh accompanies her every move, her self-talk sounds something like this:  “Why did I do that?!  I know this is how I feel when I don’t just turn off the TV or when I stay on Facebook too long… Ugh…What’s wrong with me?  I guess now my whole day is going to be awful.  I’m stuck feeling this way forever.  I won’t be able to get anything done.”

Have you ever paid attention to the way you talk to yourself?  What ways are you kind to yourself?  What ways are you hard & judgmental?

Slumped over in a chair, Sally sighs again… She wiggles her toes, and takes a deep breath.  This time the breath makes its way all the way up into her heart, and she’s able to find a pause in the barrage of thoughts and taste a moment of inspiration.  “What was that guy saying?”  Sally had been listening to a book on tape recently.  “’Just begin.’  Just begin…”  She allows that to sink in a little deeper.  “I can’t do anything about the choices I made last night, but right now, I do have a choice.  I am not trapped here.  Aw heck, I’m going to do what that guy suggests.  I’m going to set the timer and begin!  I’m not going to worry about finishing anything.  Hey, I might even give the perfectionist the day off!    I’m just going to set my timer and focus.  I’m going to kick this inertia in the you-know-what!”

Are you still reading?  Can you see Sally in yourself?  If you were going to set the timer for 30-minutes right now, what would you focus on?

What I like about this tool is that it is SO SIMPLE.  It is SO DO-ABLE.  It is SO SUBTLE.  And SO POWERFUL.  Don’t believe me?  I invite you to give it a try.  Especially if something has got you down… whether it is choices you’ve made or some difficult news you have heard.  Make a choice to engage in something for 30 minutes.  It could be knitting, laundry, beginning on a blog post, or any other activity that gets you engaged with the present moment and something that you want to do or that you know will lift a weight off your chest if you begin to take action rather than to worry.

Will it change your life?  It just might.  And it will definitely change the trajectory of your day.  You can always begin.  Again and again and again.


Recommended Reading (or Listening!):  The Now Habit   by:  Neil Fiore