Ever have one of those days where you just run around, nothing goes right, and you feel like you didn’t get anything accomplished at all? My day was kind of like that. Now there were a couple of positive things that happened but I left work with very little satisfaction. I have a 45 minute commute so plenty of time to de-stress right?
Well, I knew I was going home to some chaos. Anyone with a six month old knows this. The dogs were barking incessantly, waking the baby, a blur of activity and my wife (like all mom’s) had very little time to herself. And I didn’t want to bring my crappy day into that mix. My wife had already alerted me to rather unpleasant mood.
Now my iPhone has an eclectic mix of music on it. From 80s hard rock to country to Disney movie soundtracks. At the moment I decided to do something to get balanced during my commute a hair metal band’s song was playing and it was just getting me cranked up, but not in a good way. I needed something different. I have a balanced playlist that I usually cue up on my way into work after I listen to the Daily Audio Bible. This playlist starts out with The Blue Danube by Strauss. Other music in the playlist includes selected songs from the Sounds of Wood and Steel collection (all acoustic guitar instrumentals), as well as instrumentals from the Promise Land CD, and some Jim Kimo West songs.
So with the playlist going I practiced some balanced breathing to make sure I was in the right state of calm when I got home so I could be the best dad and husband I could be. Sometimes its hard to get balanced and music can be a great catalyst to help you. But you probably already knew that. And pairing it with a breathing technique and getting your mind focused on the right target you can get settled to a state of calm awareness (this is not to be confused with drowsiness). God Bless!
“Lord, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty. I do not get involved with things too great or too difficult for me. Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself like a little weaned child with its mother; I am like a little child”
Psalm 131: 1-2