7 Minutes To Calm Your Mind & Nervous System

The Mind Loops Blog – July 2022

Life can get gnarly sometimes.

I don’t know about you, but I had a few months of s-m-o-o-t-h sailing…

Then… LIFE happened.

You may have heard the wonderful (and VERY TRUE) phrase:

“This too shall pass.” 

It’s such an amazing phrase to remember (and repeat again and again) when things go sour.

But.. Unfortunately it’s also true when things are going well.

The GREAT thing about getting older and continually observing oneself and contemplating… is that a person begins to develop their own toolbox of ways to help them handle the complex challenges of life.

I’m in a doozy of a Life Situation right now. And one of THE MOST beneficial and calming tools in my toolbox is: 

Becoming PRESENT.

What does “Being Present” even mean?

Your mind’s default is to be in the past or in the future.

In fact, the entire structure of your ego is based on, and built upon your PAST: 

Your memories… your conditioned mind (from childhood)… your habits and thoughts and connected emotions… your hopes and dreams (based on your past).

All of these make up Who You Are.

But who are YOU in the PRESENT MOMENT?

The present moment is a very special place to be. It is a place of indescribable calm. There is no worry, no fear, no regret, no resentment.

It simply IS.

It is nourishing, rejuvenating. It stitches back together the mind, body, and spirit.

The problem is, we are hooked into our minds. We think we ARE our minds. And our minds are on non-stop GO.

(And MIND LOOPS, by the way, exist ONLY in the mind, and ONLY in the past and future.)

So how do you get into the Present Moment for more than a fleeting second or two?

There are several tools in my toolbox to help me do that. One of my favorites, is through meditation. 

Not a “difficult” meditation or twisting into specific postures or really DOING anything. Just stopping the inner chatter for a moment.

I created a short, 7-minute guided meditation for you to help you move into the beautiful gift of the Present Moment.

All of us have 7 minutes to give to ourselves.

If you feel stressed, angry, anxious, grieving, or any other intense emotional state, this is ESPECIALLY the time to give yourself this 7 minutes of CALM. Even if you don’t feel like it at the moment.

Your nervous system will thank you for it afterward.

All you have to do is sit (or lie) down, click play… and THAT’S IT.

That’s all you have to do.

Welcome to your Present Moment, to a breather of Calm.

You can watch the meditation here.

xo Barbara



Barbara Ireland
Author of the #1 Amazon Kindle Bestseller, How To Stop Negative Thoughts
Contributing author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller, The Transformative Power of Near-Death Experiences

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