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The alarm goes off at 6am and I literally crawl out of bed after only falling into a deep sleep what felt like minutes ago. It’s been this way for the last two or three days. I am the mother of two amazing children, a 9 year old girl and 2 year old boy. Of late, the toddler is trying to “flex his muscles with us” and really showing us some interesting sides to his personality. Every day is colorful! His good sleeping patterns of late have been affected as a result of him teething….all to my hubby for really trying, but at 2am it appears that Mom’s the one.

Nonetheless, the day does not provide the luxury of any sleeping in time or catching up on a snooze at some points…its go…go…..go.

Today, in particular, I find myself feeling extremely “fuzzy in my mind”, unable to make decisions quickly, lacking focus and direction, emotional about the strangest of things. It’s as though my minds foggy, being full of nothing and full of everything at the same time.

Well, the next thing is, I just don’t want to do anything. And in the current setting I’m in, I am absorbing absolutely nothing…I mean I want to literally sit and stair in space with my head laid back and my jaw relaxed, mouth open just to make sure that I stay breathing without any effort.

The reality of sleep deprivation is at its peak and strangely enough, I am now experiencing quite a bit of anxiety – there’s so much to do today; what do I do next; I excuse myself and make my way to the parking lot to my car…I can’t anymore…in this state I am no good to myself or anyone else – it almost feels destructive.

About few weeks ago, I learned a very interesting Hawaiian breathing practice and technique called Huna. Sitting in the passenger seat of my car, in the dim lit parking lot, I went back to that feeling a felt after completing that session…how my mind and body felt refreshed, how my mind felt clear….crystal clear. I wanted that feeling again.

Some Huna is the order of the day for me.

45 minutes have gone by and I have never felt better…it literally feels like the “mind fog” has cleared and that there is space within my mind once again – a clear “opening”. It feels so great.

Smiling comes more naturally now and my body and mind have more energy – my posture and overall positive demeanor evidences it, loudly. I am ready to go now.


Our busy lives don’t always allow us the luxury of this time to just reset, unless we make it a purposeful practice. Whether is be a quick power nap, Huna, change of scenery, meditation, taking a scenic jog…

whatever naturally helps you take your mind to a place of conscious slowing down to declutter and refocus. Yes, that crystal clear mind after all, what’s the best that could happen? It is literally a gift that keeps on giving.

The gift of inner calm, clarity, peace, confidence, and more and more….

Make a conscious effort to gift yourself that time out. If anything, you gift the the world and those around you the most amazing and the best version of you.

By Elyse Bowes