By Lauren Salamone, CollegeGuidanceGuru.com
I hope you’re having an enjoyable summer so far!
I also hope you’re taking some time to unwind, which is the top way to recharge the ol’ battery. To really unwind, you clear your mind of all the information that’s been actively occupying it for the past school year. You allow yourself to clear all of that away and simply get back in touch with YOU. Not you the student. Not you the daughter. Not you the girlfriend, teammate, intern, lifeguard, camp counselor, BFF, sister, or anything else that defines you. Just YOU enjoying your own internal space and energy.
I was at the hair salon yesterday, and I took the time, myself, to clear away my conscious thoughts and unwind. I’ve been incredibly busy lately working on some tight deadlines. So yesterday I took the opportunity to connect with my own internal space, while my stylist took care of the “exterior me.” The hair came out great, but the peace, confidence, and positive energy I felt inside trumped it. What an experience. I felt like a million bucks when I walked out of there.
It’s quite simple to get to that peaceful internal place and to get those benefits for yourself.
Just follow these steps to do it:
1) If you’re in a place where you can do so, close your eyes. If not, that’s fine, too.
2) Listen, really listen, to the sounds around you. Don’t analyze them; just take them in as an observer. Notice each sound you hear and take it in as you open yourself up to hearing even more of what’s happening around you. Let the sounds mingle with one another. Don’t formulate any particular opinion about the sounds or even think about them. Simply experience them for at least a few minutes, longer if you can.
3) You’ll realize that you are, in fact, connecting with your own unique internal space and energy as you listen in this way. You’re really relaxing your mind and you’re reminding yourself of the remarkable YOU who is the foundation of the journey you’re on right now. The true you. The beautiful you. The unique you.
Don’t lose sight of her. Take the opportunity this summer to re-connect with your internal space and energy in this way as often as possible. Just a few minutes here or there. You’ll really help yourself unwind. You’ll also keep yourself conscious of your Own True Identity and your Own True Beauty.