Trying to carve some time for myself in the middle of the working day is a nightmare. Cramming in my lunch, I invariably end up eating at my desk facing off with the computer screen.
Claim back calm
Dance House is offering 45 minute sessions of T’ai chi down at the Briggait for a £5 every Tuesday at lunchtime – 12:30pm. In a previous life the Briggait was an old fish market and is now one of those intriguing transformed buildings, great for exploring.
Shake off inhibitions– welcome calm
I have to admit feeling slightly silly in the beginning, the 10 of us dwarfed by the vast hall. But with the sun shining down through the windows and a great open space – and not a computer in sight – I can’t help but begin to relax.
Of course it takes a while to switch the voice off in my head running through my task list but in the end I got there. Background noises are replaced with a total sense of calm.
A ball of energy
The repetitive seemingly simple moves have a surprisingly tangible effect on my body. After a series of exercises the instructor mentions we might feel a “ball of energy”. And I do; I feel heat in my hands – an odd, but wonderful new sensation.
In those 45 minutes I slowed down, relaxed and focused on something so physical and repetitive in nature that I was totally absorbed and able to banish any daily distractions. It’s a rejuvenating way to spend a lunch hour – now if I can only hold onto that clarity of body and mind for the rest of the week.
So, claim back lunch – and take 45 minutes for yourself, connect with calm and improve your day.