Feeling Befuddled? Try a daily huddle!
by David Harshada Wagner
befuddled: (adj) unable to think clearly, frustrated, mentally scattered
In the past week, many people have shared with me a sense of befuddlement. I think it's because the Spring is coming. The winter feels like its almost over here on the East Coast and as the ice thaws, it feels like our wintery lives are also defrosting and coming alive. This is a good thing. Projects take off, social engagements multiply, layers of heavy clothing get put back into closets, and so on. But the quickening of the Springtime often brings with it a sense of befuddlement. We have lots of things to manage and only so much time. We have more demands placed on our energy reserves and -lets face it- many of us are tired at the end of the winter.
If you're feeling befuddled, or want to avoid befuddlement- try taking a lesson from the world of sports. When sport teams are in the midst of a game, their coach will often call a time-out and bring the players into a huddle. The team members circle around- puts their heads in close to each other and clarify the play they are about to make. When they're clear, they break the huddle and head back into the fore of the game- ready to go, ready to play their best game.
This is what meditation is like for us. It's so crucial to call "time out" for yourself every day. In the sports arena, the team members use the huddle to bring the different members together and regroup. When you stop your game and close your eyes- you have the opportunity to re-connect with all of your streams of energy. Most of us spend our days in a very scattered state. You're only one person, but you may have a a dozen different roles and directions to manage in your life. In your meditation huddle, you simply close your eyes and enjoy your breath for a little while. Like the players huddled on the playing field, you can regroup the different streams of your mind and clarify the direction of your life's "flow".
"Where am I?"
"What am I doing?"
"Where am I going?"
"How I get there?"
"How do I want to feel when I arrive?"
These are the kinds of questions you can ask yourself in your huddle. It can be as short as 10 minutes and as long as 90 minutes. However much time you spend, you give yourself enough time to gather your energies and arrive in the present moment. You clear your head and re-enter your life game with an un-befuddled state of mind. Good luck and happy March!
David Harshada Wagner is a New York-based meditation teacher and stress management consultant. You can find out more about his programs online www.banyaneducation.com