How do we repair the hurts we’ve carried in our bones through most of our lives? I believe we start with our breath – practiced and intentional breathing; breath focused meditations; setting an alarm randomly through out the day to remind us to take a deep inhale and forced exhale.
As we connect with our breath, we connect with our body. And with practice we can expand our practice to connect more deeply with our body and the stories and wisdom that live within.
We heal by connecting to our body, our mind and our spirit. And this healing always starts with our breath.
I invite you to a little breath practice of counting exhales:: randomly throughout your day, focus in on your breath and count your exhales in sets of 10. Notice how it feels to exhale. Notice how complete your exhales are. Notice how you feel before you count and after.
If you would like to connect more deeply with your body, to explore your stories of too much and not enough and fight yow own Shame Beasts, I invite you to join us in Exploring Our Shadows. We begin to gather on May 1. More details and registration information can be found right here.
Shake things up and allow the real you to shine through.
You deserve to BE all of you. The world needs to see all of you.
Fight the Shame Beast :: stop hiding yourself and offer the world the gifts only you can offer to change it, to heal it, to make it a better place for us all to live.
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We write our own stories.
Yes, we are given lines and plots by our family, our culture, our lived experience.
And yet, these are only plot turns, they are the points in which we, the main character, the heroine, get to decide how we are going to be. We don’t have control over our genetics or how people treat us or life events like earthquakes or rapes or being burglarized.
We do have control over how we respond to each of these events. Yes, we may have the after effects of trauma or shock living within us. AND we have the choice to heal those pains, to become present again, to engage in our lives instead of allowing our reptile brain to take over.
We have control over whether or not we remain stuck in anger or bitterness or hurt. This is not to say we don’t feel those things, rather we allow them to be fluid, to process and pass through and allow the next emotion to come.
With practice and intention, love and compassion will enter into your heart and being. And you will not remain in this place forever either, because again life will happen. And perhaps when life happens again you will come out of it differently, perhaps the anger or bitterness or hurt will pass more quickly.
Regardless, you have the right to write your own story; you have the privilege to be the person you chose to be; and you have the responsibility to take these rights and privileges seriously, to be present for your one lived life, to write your own story and not let others write it for you.
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