Join me on Sunday Feb. 19th from 10-12 noon to unwind and take a break from negativity. We are all affected by what is going on in our daily lives as well as the world at large. Join me for two hours to learn and experience proven de-stressing techniques using breath, body mind and spirit. Each person will also experience a singing bowl massage. It will be a time for healing and letting go. Bring a dish for the potluck that will follow. You can stick around and walk the rock labyrinth, pray in the peace garden or rake in the sand garden. You can bring your binoculars and see the local song birds. Donations are appreciated.
We seem to be in the strangest of all times in the year 2017. Overlay our surreal political situation and our own daily worries and responsibilities is a recipe for mental overload. If there has ever been a time to cultivate inner harmony and peace it is now! By taking time to unplug from the world, we take time for our own healing.
This can be as simple as walking in your neighborhood, being in nature, going to a museum, spending time with a friend, sitting quietly in meditation, playing a musical instrument, singing, dancing, doing something creative. Tapping into what makes you uniquely you and honoring it!
Unplug from technology for a while. Shut your cell phone off, give the internet a rest. When my children were young, I was a stay at home mom and son of seven began his battle with cancer. I knew I had to find time to take deep breaths and long exhales. Thankfully, he is twenty six years old and is cancer free.
We are shaped by the experiences of our lives and I would like to share what I have learned with you. I hope you will make the drive into the country, into nature to unplug from your every day world and join me on Sunday Jan. 22 at 10am for a gathering called Mindfulness, Meditation and Movement.
By linking to one another we will find strength in our numbers. By delving into our spiritual center we’ll find hope and faith. By tapping into the love we have for those in our lives as well as reaching out to those who are suffering, will keep us human. By taking time to unplug from the world, we take time for our own healing.
One of the first lessons of mindful thinking is learning how to check in with oneself. Most of us walk around on auto pilot doing the everyday things of our lives without listening to our bodies. Checking in, is listening. Where are you feeling your aches and pains? What is your emotional state right in this moment?
With these things in mind, sit quietly in a chair or comfortably on the floor. Close your eyes, and if you are in a chair have your feet flat on the floor. Take a slow deep breath through your nose expanding your lower abdomen. Feel your lungs expand then use the sound Huh as you exhale through your mouth. Repeat this breath two more times, allowing the sound Huh, to force the stale air from you. Resume your normal breathing paying attention to yourself as your breath enters your nose, expand your lower abdomen, fills your lungs and gently and is exhaled. Check in again with yourself. Are there any differences in the way you feel? This is the first step of mindful thinking, being present with yourself in the moment you are in.
Join me on the third Sunday of each month from 10am to 1:00pm for a gathering on mindfulness, meditation and movement. We’ll discuss and experience tools to help one live more fully in the present, move gently into spiritual meditation and end the session with gentle chi gong and tai chi. The first gathering will be on Sunday Jan. 22, 2017. A potluck will follow, so bring a dish to share. Donations are appreciated.
I know many of you are trying to keep to a scheduled practice of taking time to observe your own self through meditation, yoga, tai chi, breath work, mindfulness training or a myriad of other practices. What it all really comes down to is if you use these tools as a first line of action when an uncomfortable situation arises in your life. If its a stressful work situation, an idiot driver pulling out in front of you, a surly clerk at the store, or the sense of helplessness when you have too much on your plate, the list goes on.
I’ve been doing spiritual and life life coaching for over 15 years. The Yurt is a great place to have a cup of tea and let your story unfold. The energy work and relaxation massage you’ll experience on my table can be life changing. I hope you’ll come out and visit.
Making time for the practice of meditation in your busy day is the biggest challenge to self awareness and inner peace. Creating a space and specific time for your practice will help train your brain to look at this quiet time as well deserved respite from the responsibilities and stressors in your life.
The first cleansing breath exercise from day one is a good starting point for the exercises that follow it. The “Scudder Technique” is especially useful when you have had a stressful day and you are ready to shift gears into a more peaceful mental place. The third exercise is one that can also be done in a comfortable chair.
This exercise incorporates aspects of Tai Chi to ground you in your body so you can be more present and more aware of it.
It’s good to check in with your physical and emotional state before you begin. This can help give you a sense of progress as you move into each new day of your practice.
Sit toward the front of your chair.feel the bottoms of your feet, first the heals, the balls of your feet and your toes. Gently press your feet against the floor. Feel your weight evenly distributed on both feet. Sit on your sitz bones toward the front of the chair. Exhale and breathe. Lean to the right, and turn your head slowly to the right looking over your right shoulder. Sit for a few seconds and feel the weight on the right side. Come back to sitting in the center of your chair. Do the same looking over your left shoulder, leaning to the left then back to center. As you repeat this movement feel the right side fill, note that your left side is emptying. Come back to center, and look over your left shoulder leaning to the left. Your right side should feel like it is empty. Come back to center. Repeat the sequence again. Next inhale deeply. As you exhale blow the breath out through your mouth. Breathe in again and watch your breath move from your lower abdomen to your stomach up to your heart to your throat into your head and out the top of your head. Blow the breath out as if it was a fountain cascading over your shoulders. Repeat two more times. Note how you feel.
I would love to hear from you. Namaste
The Tao Te Ching written by Lao Tsu is over 2,500 years old. It’s wisdom speaks through the centuries to us today. Enjoy the rest of your weekend but keep in mind Number 9 of Lao Tsu’s essential Tao. “Better stop short than fill to the brim. Over sharpen the blade, and the edge will soon blunt. Amass a store of gold and jade, and no one can protect it. Claim wealth and titles and disaster will follow. Retire when the work is done. That is the way to heaven.”
The next meditation is the “Scudder Technique.” This is one to begin your work week with. Practice before Monday and it will allow you to de-stress when your normal pressures are back in full swing.
Scudder Technique- This technique was first coined by Janet Menken, the founder of Healing Touch. It is a gentle technique that can be done on oneself or another. It can reduce stress and promote relaxation.
1. Brush both your hands across your head three times, visualizing you are pulling off troubling or stressful thoughts.
2. Next, brush across your forehead three times
3. Let your hands come down your face then reach around to your shoulders. Rub your shoulders and your neck.
4. Rake your fingers up the back of your head and visualize pulling out negative energy. Repeat 2 more times
5. Take both hands and bring them down the center of your body beginning at your heart, down to your lap and upward off of you. Repeat 2 more times. Let your hands rest at your heart and breathe in.
6. 6. Take the right hand and start at the left shoulder, moving down to the elbow and then to the hands. Give yourself a hand massage. Repeat 2 more times.
7. Take the left hand and repeat the same movement, massaging your right hand. Repeat 2 more times
8. Put both the right hand and the left hand on the left hip and let the right hand move down the front of your leg as the left hand moves down the back left leg.
9. Give yourself a short foot massge. Repeat twice
10. Change legs and hands. Left hand moves down the front of the right leg, right hand moves down the back. Massage the right foot.
11. Breathe, close your eyes and check in with yourself.
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