A friend of mine works part-time as a coffee barista for Starbucks. On one of his many busy mornings, he looked up to once again see what seemed like a never-ending snake of caffeine-deprived eyes eagerly scrutinizing his every move. A familiar feeling of panic consumed him. And then, a fortunate moment of grace occurred, as he remembered to focus on his breath.
With full awareness he realized that he did not have 22 cappuccinos to make – he had only to make one. At that moment, the Starbucks Rule – as I later named it – was born.
How many times in my life have I watched my crazy mind jump from one item to another on my never-ending list of things to do? I well know that time management people always say to prioritize, prioritize, prioritize. Well, sometimes I feel that I don’t even have time to prioritize the list! My monkey mind is having a wild time swinging from one thing to another – all the time preventing me from doing anything!
There are a few trusty things I can turn to when I’m feeling like that; close my eyes and breath, get up from my desk and go for a walk outside, drink a cup of tea while doing absolutely nothing. Sometimes I can just “talk myself down from the ledge” by enlisting the Starbucks Rule.
However, I find that I am less likely to even get so wound up if I include a variety of practices in my life on a daily basis. What works for me is morning meditation, plenty of sleep, a hearty breakfast, outdoors daily exercise and regular bodywork (including self-reflexology before bed).
With reflexology, I like to massage in some rich shea butter and work the bottom of my feet, with lots of focus on the central nervous system (brain and spine), diaphragm and adrenal reflexes to restore homeostasis. That always guarantees a deep and restorative sleep.
What sort of strategies work to keep you sane and balanced in your crazy life?