"If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment,
live in the breath.”
Have you ever had that feeling where you think you’ve been asleep too long and need to wake up?
Sometimes our lives become so mundane and regular that we start to operate on autopilot. I know that was true for me.
My last episode of “being asleep at the wheel” lasted for almost a decade. I went to my job, did my work, went home, ate, slept and woke up the next day to do it again. I had ideas of a different life but they flitted away as quickly as they appeared.
During the summer of 2012 I woke up one day – literally – and decided I wanted a change. That’s why I dreamt up the Clean Body Project. I don’t recall what precipitated this decision, however, I had recently finished my classes at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
While I felt I was waking up, I wasn’t fully awake. There was still a sense of disconnect. You know, that experience of something missing? It wasn’t until 2017 that my body shifted and I was wide – WIDE – awake.
A sudden onset of anxiety triggered a wakefulness that is difficult to navigate. Over the last few months I have managed to begin figuring it out. Part of this process of being fully awake is mindfulness.
This too was relatively new to me. I will admit, I had never actively practiced mindfulness. I knew what it was in a general sense but not how it was applied in everyday life.
Anxiety creates a desire – or rather a need – to become mindful. Rather than focusing on my fears, all part of the future, I actively focus my attention on the present. Sometimes this is easier said than done, but a necessity when facing daily, debilitating panic attacks.
I was recently asked by a subscriber – “What is the first step to starting my own Clean Body Project?” My answer – become more mindful. This is true of anything we start in life. Bringing mindfulness to the table increases the likelihood of success, and brings a sense of purpose to what you’re doing. When you can drop into the moment and pay attention to the “now,” the present, you awake to a bounty of information that will guide you to the next step – whatever that is for you.
You see, each of us will have a different project. Right now the phase I am in for my project is focusing on spirituality. Your’s might start in the relationship realm. Or maybe you want to fix something that is broken in your career or finances. We all start somewhere to begin the journey. The direction it might take is unknown, but that’s the beauty of the project. We clean up as we go with no preconceived notion about where we will end up.
Remember, the first step is mindfulness. Here are a few tricks that may help you be more mindful:
Creating a mindful practice is the foundation of the Clean Body Project. As the project progresses I will continue to share what I learn and how to apply it. For now, start with today. Find ways to be more mindful and present in everything you do.
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Corrie Ann Gray is a writer, researcher, coach, and cookie enthusiast who lives in Los Angeles, CA. She started the Clean Body Project to share all of her knowledge and resources with others who are interested in running their own experiment into clean holistic living. She is the CEO and founder of Gray Ink Media.