Abraham Lincoln once said: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
If our minds are stressed, we’ll be working inefficiently.
We are all guilty of allowing this inefficiency to take hold, we would rather sit with our stress than do something about it. I can't tell you the number of times I've felt my shoulders up around my ears, my mind racing, do I take my own advice? Sometimes ;-) So today, if stress is with you, take just three minutes to “sharpen your axe” and calm your mind. It allows you to step out of autopilot and into awareness, out of busyness and into being.
You can punctuate your day with this meditation, build it into your practice as a mindful pause between activities. It's also a great way to diffuse negative states of mind before they start to gather unstoppable momentum.
You can use it too as an 'emergency meditation' – if you are in pain or discomfort, or to soothe suffering.
Go on, have a moment of zen, it may just change the path of your day.