Reflection, integration and the mind, body, spirit connection

Reflection, integration and the mind, body, spirit connection

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The last few weeks have brought very intense experiences into my life. My whole being has been involved emotionally, physically and spiritually. Now I am exhausted and beginning to put myself back together. This is our life. We go through periods of intensity and get spit out on the other side.

Why?

I believe we are not meant to remain in stasis for too long. I believe we have an innate urge to grow continually and our life is the fodder for that growth to occur.  It is up to us though to consciously participate.

For me I participate by meditating, journaling, walking, contemplating, allowing my feelings to flow and asking questions. What do I know now that I did not know before about myself? What beliefs about myself do I want to let go? What new beliefs do I want to create?

Life in general appears to be an infinite procession of experiences lived moment to moment. Sometimes we feel badly. Sometimes we have a sense of wellbeing. Sometimes we just feel neutral. But I believe the purpose in all of this is growth; becoming more alive and self expressive.  It is a unique process for each one of us and I believe growth to be the most important self discovery of all.

How have your life’s experiences helped you become more aware?

Moving in your body is stretching

Moving in your body is stretching

Stretching is something we all do intentionally or unintentionally. We can go to an exercise class or the gym or swim in a pool as an intention; focusing on certain muscles to strengthen and get a great workout. Or we can wake up in the morning, yawn and stretch without realizing, ‘hey, I’m stretching’. Moving in your body is stretching.

So how do we want to move in our bodies? Is there choice?

Yes there is!

If we think of movement as a release, like the ‘ahh’ of a yawn, rather than an effort that we have to make, then the way we move begins to change. Gradually we will feel more ease and less tension and constriction in our muscles.

Experiment with walking today as a form of relaxation and release. Feel warmth flowing through your legs down into your feet and extending beyond out into the world around you. Feel lightness under your arms as if a puff of air were buoying the weight. Allow yourself to enjoy just walking.

How could you use the idea of movement as a release while chopping vegetables?