Pain and pleasure meet in the lift.
Pain, stiff with tension, chest rapidly moving and surging with adrenaline, looks over at Pleasure.
Pleasure, as cocky as ever, steeped with dopamine, pumped for the day.
Both prepared in their own way for the day ahead.
Each differently approaching their day Pain’s head is filled with thoughts wishing the day were Friday, his day off or the day was over.
Pleasure inspired with thoughts of success, longing to get going, making as much money, and bantering with his work friends.
The two, step out the lift, Pain shuffles to his desk, as Pleasure bounces in, annoying all the other’s who too are like Pain.
Few people can tolerate Pleasure; he is way too energetic for the morning.
As the morning progresses, Pain begins to relax a little, allowing a smile to creep in every so often.
Pleasure’s dopamine has drooped, leaving him drained, less smug, looking forward to the coffee fix.
Pain and Pleasure, look across at each other, noting how their moods have shifted from the morning, realizing through the haze something was missing.
Then Soothing sat down, relaxed, breathing evenly into his belly, thoughts on the moment, and appearing utterly content. Sipping a cup of water, he just had spent his break taking a walk; phone tucked away in his pocket and had found a quiet place to sit in stillness for a few minutes.
It then occurred to Pain and Pleasure, Soothing had been the ‘something missing’.
Pain and Pleasure decided together to grab a cup of water, take a walk without their phone and sit with their eyes closed for 5 minutes.
Each took a deep breath and looked at each other with great relief.
Yes, it was Soothing that was missing.
Is soothing missing for you?
Recipe: Box Breathing for Soothing
Imagine a square with 4 straight lines, we begin on the left side and work our way clockwise, to the right
Breathing through the nose for both inhale and exhale
Left side, inhale 4 counts
Top of the square, hold breathe 4 counts
Right side, exhale 4 breaths
Bottom of square, hold 4 breaths
Repeat sequence 4x
Practice square box breathing 4x a day, 4 sets of each
Think, box, 4 sides, 4 counts, 4x a day, 4 sets
All it takes is a few deep breaths to shift into a soothing state.