Today’s mindful moment is just a reminder and some guidance to take a moment for you in the midst of a day that can feel like there’s no space for that. I will also include my favorite desk yoga video that you can show others when they need a mindful moment themselves.

I hope you take a few minutes somewhere in this day to settle in, take some deep breaths, and find yourself back in the present moment.

6 minute Desk Yoga: I use this video with co-workers on particularly stressful days. I find it to be a good way to give everyone a break that also keeps them centered and focused. I also like to use this video during morning meetings when everyone is feeling extra energized and needs a little calming energy before they start their day. Sometimes I narrate what the print in the video is saying as well. Up to you!

Take your moment: Take a second to settle into a comfortable seated position. Sit up tall, imagining that there is a string attached to the top of your head, pulling you gently toward the sky. Let your eyes gently close. Take a deep breath in through your nose, holding for two seconds when you get to the top of your breath. Make a small ‘O’ with your mouth and slowly exhale through your mouth. Take another inhale through your nose, and turn your attention to your thoughts. When you notice a thought you’re having, acknowledge it, and then let it go. Do your best to let your mind be still. Each time a new thought comes up, don’t judge, just acknowledge it and let it pass. Continue breathing. When you are ready, open your eyes and take one more deep, cleansing breath. This can look like a big, deep breath in through your nose, and an audible, long breath through your mouth.

Remember that this simple practice is always available to you. Take it when you need it.

Have a happy rest of your week, and don’t allow this to be your last mindful moment of the week.

Brought to you by Christiane Buethe, Special Education Teacher and Restorative Justice Circles Instructor.