No matter what higher power you believe in, you can be sure that you will receive divine messages when you are ready to really hear them. I have been working hard to be mindful and present, always really, but especially in the last couple weeks. I received a valuable message today as I ripped through my daughter's knotted hair before school. Overstimulated by the background buzz of cartoons, I suddenly heard Master Splinter (old rat Ninjitsu Master on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) tell the turtles, "You must quiet your mind and wait. The word Ninja means perseverance and patience." I felt suddenly at ease like he was talking just to me. Interestingly, I often tell my clients in therapy to imagine they are Ninjas warding off and blocking negativity, negative words, negative thoughts, negative opinions of others. I had no idea that I was speaking the wisdom of a mutant ninjitsu.
I've worked very hard this week to take it all in stride. All of our imperfections and hurried mornings. I have laughed more this week then I have in months and welcomed and accepted every invite, every holiday experience, and every bit of chaos this world has to offer. When I feel its all a bit too much, I am remembering to breathe. I have always hated trying to teach other people how to breathe to ease anxiety because I never quite practiced it myself. Finally, after 37 years of breathing involuntarily and over a decade of work in the mental health field I have mastered the art of deep breathing. My technique is not as advanced as other professionals. My new trick is to pretend that I am blowing up a giant balloon, forcing me to slow down and get grounded.