So, yeah. Here’s a thing I did the other day that I had no intention of doing, and yet! I found it pleasant and helpful.
I came across it during pointless surfing.
I click on a post about the news that the film version of Downton Abbey has begun filming. Yay!
Then I click on a link to Michelle Dockery, the actor who plays Lady Mary. It was a photo of Michelle Dockery looking particularly awesome.
Off to Michelle Dockery’s Instagram feed.
Amid the party pix and photos with her stylist, she gives a shoutout to her sister, Louise Frances, who is a life coach.
Life coach? Hell, we all need a life coach: click.
Louise’s Instagram feed has a lot of affirmations, the sort of thing I typically argue with. “Live your best life.” Seriously? I’m just trying to get through Tuesday.
But she puts quotes in her Instagram feed that at first sound sort of starry eyed until you see whom she’s quoting. Albert Einstein. Roald Dahl. Maya Angelou. (I’ll forgive her the Tony Robbins quote.)
Her site is called Find What Makes You Glow, which of course, living in the South as I do, is really not hard for me to do. Going outside makes me glow. Sitting in my car makes me glow.
But the glow of my heart? My heart glows a lot, but it could certainly glow more. When I scrolled through her Instagram posts, I felt my cynicism falling away, the tremendous load of negativity that I seem to be hauling around these days like a bag of cement. The idea of positive thinking as a balm, as a means to navigate these days, really caught my attention.
So I clicked on one of her short visualizations, Protection Bubble Visualization.
It’s 4 minutes and 35 seconds of calm. You can’t knit to this. And it sounds a bit like Stuart Smalley, the Al Franken character from SNL ages ago.
But this brief sit affected me. Pretty sure my blood pressure dropped.
I’ve done meditation and centering prayer in the past, but never using any of the online meditation of visualization apps. Have any of you used online meditation apps? I’d love to hear about your experiences.
Peace out, y’all!
PS Here’s Louise’s Self-care Calendar for September. It’s all so sweet and kind. I love this. Today’s suggestion: Get outside in nature. Think about that for a minute. It’s the most obvious idea in the world, but do we ever regret a walk in the woods?