A recent on-line article suggested you can get fit and stay fit in just 30 seconds, by utilizing wait time throughout the day, using those wasted moments to work out with small weights. Examples they gave included being on hold during a phone call, waiting for software to load or rebooting your computer, those moments while food is heating, during TV commercials that you mute, sitting at a red light, etc.
The author suggests having small dumbbells at the ready and using them while you wait. She raved about the accumulating benefit of 30 seconds of exercise here and there throughout the day. Great idea. And, why limit this to physical fitness? We can use the same strategy to exercise our minds and emotions and also to feed our souls. It’s easy to focus a thought, something positive, and repeat it like a mantra, for instance while we wait at a red light. “I am loved.”
Most of us work hard at staying busy enough to ignore what we are feeling, losing ourselves in work or addictions to avoid facing what’s happening emotionally. So, in those waiting moments, you could simply ask: “What am I feeling right now?” And then just feel it. Notice where it is lodged in your body, if you can, and put your attention on it. Breathe consciously while you do, with no agenda about changing the feeling.
What do our souls need? Peace, the magical touch of our conscious presence. Imagine, the software is loading. Instead of multi-tasking, you pause to drop deep into a meditative moment. You close your eyes, breathing, feeling yourself to be the universe you inhabit and embracing your identity as a creator, not a victim. No need for doing something, having thoughts, speaking or hearing words, no worries about what you are feeling, nothing to get or change. Just… presence.
You can become fit in 30 seconds, on all levels. And, in fact, you can do it in less than 30 seconds, in the “now” of this eternal moment.