Everything about you should be completely relaxed, especially the mind
Opening the body and mind letting go of any tension so we are relaxed, composed, alert, aware and ready to move with ease in any direction, using less energy so burning less oxygen. Making sure we are without having any pre conceived set mind to what will happen next and are in this moment only, not thinking about the past or future just relaxed, ready and BEING.
Take a moment out and try this simple exercise
Standing hip or shoulder width apart with our toes pointing directly forwards, feet spread evenly over the three main foot points, which are the pad of the big toe the pad of the little toe and the back edge of the heel, feeling each part as we press our feet firmly to the floor, keeping the ankles soft and relaxed.
Then take our attention up to our knees slightly bending them letting go of any tension.
Then up to the hips feeling them sit directly above the feet,tucking in the tail bone and relaxing down, making sure they do not tilt backwards or forwards.
Travel up the spine to the shoulders letting each arm relax down at your
sides keeping the shoulders square above the hips, making sure we do not let
them fall forwards or pull them backwards.
Then up to the head gently pulling the chin in so the crown of the head lifts up,
then finally the mind, this should be in the moment only, not rushing around from one thought to the next.
Now Breath IN checking all the points above to a count of six.
Then Breath OUT to a count of ten.
Letting go of anything that is not needed feeling the feet on the floor letting everything be absorbed by the ground.
Repeat as many times as is comfortable always making sure the out breathe is longer than the in breathe.
Serenity in the midst of activity
Even when you are fully active in your daily jobs and routines you can be mindful about keeping relaxed.Pay attention to your shoulders, yes I know the word “pay attention” may bring a sudden moment of now must do rather than a relaxing moment but paying attention to the feel of our shoulders which often is the first place our body starts tensing up, we can notice this and be aware to let go relax and compose our body position into a more comfortable place than it is in. Realigning our body and mind to this moment by letting go of the past and future by just being in the moment sensing everything around us.
By using all our five senses,
breathing in deeply with our nose so we can smell the faintest of scents,
pulling the air in deeper so we can taste the air on our tongue filling our mouth with the most delicate of tastes,
opening our eyes wide to look at the view so we can see the palest of colours,
alerting the ears to listen so we can pick out the tiniest of sounds,
feeling the air move all around us gently touching our skin,
sensing the stillness within ourselves,
just being in the moment without judgment.
Completely composed, alert, aware, open and ready but RELAXED.