Move your mind, Move your body, Move your soul.
I'm struggling right now.
I see all of these people creating new things. Working new lives and diving in head first.
And I am struggling.
I have been trying, for some time now, to figure out a way to make things work. I am trying to put all of the various things that I do under one umbrella. To make them feel more cohesive. To marry my life together a little better. I'm trying to balance. And I'm trying to make it work.
How many times did I use the word "trying"? Four.
I want to stop trying. I want flow. I want ease and freedom and joy. So why am I spinning?
SAs soon as I wrote "spinning", I envisioned the troupe of Whirling Dervishes that I watched in the late 1990s in college. They were mesmerizing to watch, this meditation in motion. Whirling Dervishes are famous for spinning.
This Sufi practice is one method of connection with the Divine through the body.
It feels like a message from the Universe - sometimes we need to give in to the spin, flow with what is presented to you. Move into that space of not knowing, not trying.
It's time to move the body, release the storyline, the "how" and the questioning. Move the energy out of my system and raise my vibration.
So I put on this song. And I danced.
Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend a Breath workshop with Brian MacKenzie and Rob Wilson, both of Power Speed Endurance (PSE). "Breathwork & State" was an all-day session on the benefits of breath.
The PSE crowd draws Cross-Fitters, lifters, runners, and other endurance and power sport athletes, and came from the perspective of accessing the breath to improve performance.
There were not many yogis in the audience, and I felt lucky to have had some breath work learning and practicing before entering the room. I really appreciated how Brian and Rob talked about breath in terms of "play"; I use this concept with clients, trying to take the seriousness out of the practice. It's supposed to be fun! Play around with your movement, with your breath, and see what works for you.
The wonderful thing about utilizing the breath is that it is always available; you can do it driving, in the board room, with your kids. You don't have to close your eyes. When you focus on the breath, you pause. It gives you that moment to make a choice about your next action.
So I've been practicing it all week. This very simple breath exercise:
Inhale (5 counts)
Hold breath (5 counts)
Exhale (10 counts)
Hold breath (5 counts)
I practiced this when I was feeling low self-esteem after scrolling FaceBook (this happens to me a lot. We can talk more about this another day!). I hopped in my car, phone in the backseat, and went to do an errand. During the 5 minute drive, I practiced this breathing exercise. I probably did it for 20 rounds. I arrived at the cupcake shop calmer, feeling .... better.
Later in the week, I was getting frustrated with a work situation. My brain kept coming back to "I'm so frustrated", which of course is literally telling myself (programming myself) to be frustrated. I noticed that thinking, so I turned it around.
And it worked.
I encourage you to try this one! Play with it. If 5-5-10-5 is too much, try 3-3-6-3 or 4-4-8-4.
Or lose the "holds" and focus on extending the exhale.
You gotta feel it to heal it.