Lately, when sharing my story, the same question keeps popping up: What does it take to get unstuck and make the healthy choices we already know to make? It’s as if there’s this mysterious black box that we cannot see into, but which holds the key to flipping whatever switch inside, so we can make the choices we want to make — but for some reason — haven ‘t. I cannot know what will flip the switch for you, but I can suggest one way to feel for it. I call it “Micro-Meditation.” I started this practice as a way to calm my monkey mind. To my surprise, it also helped me make better decisions, including the ones about what to eat and how to move.
I started inside my car, waiting for traffic. I focused on where I placed my hands on the steering wheel, which finger reached for the stereo, or how I slid my sunglasses around my face. Then, while getting out of the car, how I grabbed my purse strap before wrapping it around my shoulder. How I leaned into the door to unlock the car. Which foot hit the ground first and how my balance changed as I closed the door. You see what I mean? It sounds too simple to make a difference (Typing this paragraph took more effort than the actual doing of it.) However, if I wasn’t practicing micro-meditation, I would be busy worrying, planning, or just being numb. There’s lots to gain and nothing to lose.
Soon after starting this practice, my insides started to change. It’s hard to describe, but it was that same feeling when every light turns green, you take curves with the perfect balance of speed and torque, and seas of traffic part with mere intention. In one word: flow.
I’ve since fallen in love with “Micro-Mediation” (when I remember to do it). It works instantly at any moment without extra equipment. It takes nothing from my day and, in fact, saves time because I make better decisions with more clarity. When it’s time to choose a meal or workout, the switch almost flips itself.