At the end of a long day toward the end of a long week, I was sitting in my office trying to gather myself together so I could go home. There were emails to answer, phone calls to return, notes to finish and plans to make for the next day.
Did you ever see Hitchcock's The Birds? My brain resembled that room in the attic filled with frantic, flapping, nasty birds desperate for a way out. As soon as I started one thing I was pulled to do something else, then another. Result: Nothing was getting done. My usual ability to focus was fried. My solution was to give up, leave the mess on the desk and walk out.
Like Scarlet O'Hara I told myself I'd think about it tomorrow… after a good night's rest.
That's one way to deal with being stuck in mental over-drive. Better yet is a mini-meditation break as suggested by Ed and Deb Shapiro, authors of "Be the Change – How Meditation Can Transform You and the World." In an article in the Huffington Post they wrote:
…here are three mini-meditations, moments to just stop and breathe
and remember why you are here. A moment to check yourself out, to look
within, and to find what is really meaningful to you. You can get it
together even when you think it is all falling apart.
Mini-meditations can be done on a train, walking down the street, at
an airport, standing at a bus stop, in an elevator, while sitting in the
bathroom (often the only place you can be alone!).
Read the entire article: Three Mini-Meditations to Help You Through Your Day (or Night)
And here purely for your entertainment, the great Alfred Hitchcock on The Birds:
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