Here I again...I have so many half written blog posts rattling around inside and I thought I would, once again, start blogging :). On the 1st of June, I will have been posting my "Just a Minute" ideas on my Dr Kumari facebook page, every day for 3 months, a total of 92 posts! Thank you to everyone who has participated so joyfully.
The original idea came to me as I was isolating with my baby daughter, then 3 months. We didn't have Covid, but were worried that others in our family did. It was strangely joyful and peaceful being "isolated" and cocooned in our bedroom (with meals appearing outside the door) and no illness.
I was thinking about how often I use the phrase "Just a Minute". I use this phrase ALL THE TIME accompanied by many feelings. Often, there is an accompanying need for some breathing space or a pause. I wondered what would happen if I used a literal minute for a mindfulness based exercise.
Alongside this, I thought about how I often talk with my clients about how, in any given moment (or minute ;)), we have a choice in what we do. We can do what we usually do, or go with familiar thoughts, or we can take the path less travelled and choose something different, just for a minute.
Over the past three months, the Just a Minutes have come to encapsulate various concepts or ideas that feature in my life or that I care about including mindfulness (being in the present moment with gentleness, non judgement, and compassion). I intended for the Just a Minute to be gentle minutes, woven into the day, rather than a pressure to be away from life for some period of time. While a break and a reliable mindfulness practice has numerous benefits, I think that Just a Minute is a great start for so many of us.
Many of my Just a Minutes are based on audio tracks I recorded a few years ago and although longer than a minute (;)) are still usually under 5 minutes. I feel like I have come back home to these tracks, created when I was pregnant with my second son, which I have not actively promoted for some time. When I listened to them, I was so grateful to my Past Self for these recorded minutes which I hope will bring you what you seek too.
Wishing you Ease, Kumari