May 11- Back and Forth

Meditation: Balance, Wind Down
Length: 5 minutes
Where: In Bed, Los Angeles
How It Felt: Hypnotizing

The first night sleeping alone after being together with Steve for a while is always a little anxiety inducing. I cherish my alone time, but I love sleeping next to him!

I really shut down hard yesterday which was badly needed. I didn’t do any of my normal routine, and, just when I was about to consider being a little productive, I got sucked into a great book. (Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – highly recommend if you like creepy or period books at all!) Suddenly, it was time to think about bed, and I got a bit anxious.

Now, you would think that would be a great time to do my next anxiety meditation from the new course I started, but I was honestly a little nervous to try to relax into a long session with my eyes closed. I’m telling you, it’s a creepy book!

Instead, I did a five minute session from my new Balance app called “Wind Down.” I expected it to be like the “Wind Down” meditation from Headspace, but this was totally different, and kind of perfect for what I needed.

Basically, a little ball pops up on the screen and starts slooooowly moving back…. and forth…. For those old enough to remember, it’s a bit like Pong, but without the stress. I was instructed to put my finger inside the ball and follow it back and forth across the screen, then to breathe in….one direction… and out… the other….

The dark area is where my finger was touching

It was so relaxing, guys. I was honestly transfixed.

Whenever my finger would move too quickly or get behind, I would get a little nudge from the app. Five minutes later, I was totally calm and relaxed. Seriously!

I slept like a rock, to the point I struggled to wake up in time for class today, but I made it. Then I immediately finished my book. I’m so terrible at trying to do anything else in life when I’m in the middle of a good book. It’s light torture.

Grateful I stumbled across this new meditation app on Instagram a few weeks ago! I really thought having so many options would be stressful, but it’s been really nice to have the freedom to find the exact session I need at any given time. Today, I’ll get back to the anxiety course, most likely. My routine is a mess, who knows?

Tomorrow, I have a reading, which means back to work and back to real life! Excited for the chance to act, especially as I’m reprising my role as the great Martha Gellhorn.

Pinch me, life is good!