Happy Friday! Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we are gearing up to make the most of this Holiday season despite COVID’s pandemonium. Our lives are blessed with opportunities that we are not conscious of– cancer, autoimmune illnesses and are dismissed because of our limiting beliefs or fears. If you utilize your time in a mindful way you will be present to make harmonious important decisions. Our fears or opinions of others place us in a put off until tomorrow what we need or dream of today. In truth, it is our fear that keeps us from seeking fulfillment in the here and now — because we entertain thoughts of failure as a weakness. So our reasons for delaying our inevitable success seem sound and rational. If we ask ourselves what we are really waiting for, we discover that there is no truly compelling reason why we should put off the pursuit of the dreams that sustain and uplift us. In my present moment, I am using this time to finding joy and wellbeing instead of feeling that my plans will never happen soon enough. For me this is when my mind goes aggro and I wind up eating too many sweets, crave alcohol and don’t drink enough water. That became a pattern to share my misery and throwing the body~mind~spirit into a negative balance.
Creating space and balance in our lives is not an easy thing. We are a hungry, noisy people, bombarded with stimulation and advertisements that promise to grant us our deepest desires. If we are not on purpose when creating balance for ourselves, we easily fall victim to false promises and fill every breathable space with appointments and activities and all the responsibilities that coincide with a full agenda. It is an adapted American proscription that believes that anti-cultural to claim any space that is simply space, or to move with any kind of lingering, or to take time for closure. We are bombarded and we bombard ourselves. And if we have any doubts, our calendars will reveal the truth of our craziness. The repercussions are inescapable, immeasurable violence to ourselves and those around us.
Espresso Meditation ~ Somatic Self Care
Ahimsa for Yourself
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- Sit comfortably in a chair or on a couch. You want to be relaxed and at ease in this practice. If it feels right, close your eyes, so you can focus your attention inward.
- Pay attention to your breath. Gently and deeply inhale, and then relax as you exhale.
- Now, take one hand and place it on top of the other. Feel the warmth of the hand on top as it touches the bottom hand. Give your full attention to the experience of being touched by the top hand. Take in the warmth and the contact. Breathe into it.
- Begin to gently and slowly stroke the bottom hand with the top one. Do this with a loving, soft touch. Find a way to touch your bottom hand that feels soothing and pleasurable. As if you were a mother comforting a baby.
- Can you allow yourself to feel the sensation of being touched, kindly and lovingly, in this manner? Be present with yourself and the experience of touching your hand and being touched by your other hand.
- Hold the other hand with your top hand. Feel the embrace and stronger connection of being held. Breathe into it.
- After a few minutes of this, what do you notice? Just the practice of paying attention and becoming present with the sensations can be calming, but the gentle, loving touch is also soothing. You are taking the time to connect with yourself, and connection helps release anxiety.
- You can touch your arm, belly, or face in a similar manner. Explore how it feels to be very present, compassionate, and loving towards yourself. Notice how you feel. Savor for as long as you need in this new found space you have created.
Blessings to all…
Eating your Dosha!!
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