- Thoughts for inspired living

January 6, 2009


Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 7:28 am

I woke up tired. That sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s the best description I can offer.

There is a difference between physically tired and mentally tired and it’s helpful to notice which one you’re experiencing to get yourself to refreshed.

Physically tired is my favorite. You have done something that has put some exertion on your body and a natural rest easily follows. Reminds me of a story . . .

My father, a construction foreman, hired my brother and me as laborers in the summertime when we were in our late teens. It was the hardest work I have ever done. You just can’t imagine the joy of stacking 12 inch cinder blocks onto a scaffold at 7 in the morning, or loading and pushing wheelbarrows full of cement hour after hour. You pray for lunchtime.

The good news is, after getting home, taking a shower, and having something to eat, an easiness settled in and a natural tired feeling moved through my body. Getting in bed at night was such a comfortable, welcome experience.

Mentally tired is different for me. There is a lethargy that permeates my entire being. I don’t want to do anything but sleep. It’s not that my body hasn’t had enough rest to recharge itself. It has. This weariness has the weight of the world attached to it, and bed is more of a prescription than a comfort zone. It’s as though you’ve been drugged. This is a red flag.

The warning for me is that I’m not living in the present moment. My mind is busy constructing multiple scenarios that have nothing to do with what’s going on right now. I am mentally attempting to do many activities at once and it’s taxing my energy at warp speed.

This recognition of my mind running wild is my signal to throw in the clutch. When I notice this mental hopscotching, I take a deep breath, exhale slowly and begin to do my RELAX IN 2 MINUTES routine. It’s a relaxation/recharging exercise that came to me out of the blue one night after conducting my seminars in New York City.

If you’ve never been to New York, just walking down the street, you can witness peoples’ minds in overdrive. It got me curious as to how to help them calm down. It dawned on me that the mind burns energy quicker than the body. A person who is tired all the time, with no causative, physical ailment, is mentally tired.

Physical tiredness requires a physical rest in order to refresh. Mental tiredness requires a redistribution of energy from your mind into your body in order to recharge. This process allows you to refresh yourself in a matter of minutes.

If you find yourself wearily tired, throw in the clutch and do my exercise briefly outlined below. If you want formal instruction in this method, buy my RELAX IN 2 MINUTES CD at

Take a deep breath, exhale slowly and close your eyes.

Beginning with your toes, take about 10 seconds just to focus your awareness on the feeling going on in your toes. You don’t have to do anything with your toes, only notice the sensation going on in them. Then shift your awareness to an adjacent body part for another 10 seconds, and then another, as you move your awareness through your body all the way up to your head. The objective is to feel what’s going on in each body part, not think about it. The more often you do this body awareness exercise, the better you get at it, and relaxation and recharging are the natural byproducts.

So if you wake up tired, before you reach for the coffee fix, take the time to give your mind a rest and focus on your body. It works wonders and creates energy.

All the best,



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