Access The Energy of Spring Equinox To Make A Turn
TODAY IS THE PERFECT DAY....
...to shake loose the dormancy of a long winter and an even longer pandemic, the chaos of global crisis, and the heaviness of what doesn't serve us: the worn out thoughts, the antiquated beliefs, the regrets, the self judgement. Release those conversations in our heads that drain energy and settle in our bodies when we are not looking.
Shake it loose.
Shake it free!
And then, toward what gives you energy, innate life force energy!
How does one do this in a mindful and authentic way? How (and why) do we reach deeply for these resources during a global crisis?
It is possible that we are responsible to reach for our own joy, kindness, and source energy, and allow it to emerge, ESPECIALLY during a crisis
But first, we must move the congestion that hinders the flow of joy through our bodies.
1) Move your body: dance, jump, jiggle, wiggle, whoop, holler, sing
2) Notice the sensations of your body. If your body could speak what would it say?
3) Feel the Feels - all of them. What emotions are present? Where they live in your body?
4) Turn to nature to show the way
Move! Stand up now. Jiggle your knees. Flail your arms. Say "Whooop!" Turn on some music. Continue for two minutes....or more....
Stop. Feel what still moves within.
(Congratulations. You have successfully moved stress response energy!)
Just feeling these feelings in your body and the emotional current under them moves stagnant energies and taps source energy for you to thrive and become a vessel of joy in the midst of chaos? How does this happen??? Let nature show you.
Nature Supports Us And Leads The Way
The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry
When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my
children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and
the great heron feeds.
I come in to the peace of wild things
who do not tax their ives with
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
Spring is the perfect time to let go of old crusty patterns & re-align with our internal rhythms & heartfelt desires.
Here is why...
The Spring Equinox, the time when the earth is exactly half in the dark and half in the light. It is the exact time when the earth and the sun are in perfect alignment with one another (hint)--the sun's rays shine directly on the earth's equator. According to the National Geographic Resource Library, only during an Equinox is the earth's 23.5 degree axis neither tilting toward or away from the sun. (the earth is perfectly balanced & in neutral).
This is the precise balance point just before the earth makes its turn toward longer days of sun, toward the light so to speak.
Nature Hints To Us & Guides Through Us
What a wonderful life-parallel! Nature can give hints, point the way, and provide serendipitous timing for our personal turnarounds and transformations.
Our planet is literally tipping its hat to us right now, pointing the way via the budding flowers, leaves, birds, bees, butterflies, sunshine, and yes, the rain and the storms too. Nature does not lie.
We are right now being invited to adopt the pace of nature, rest back a moment, observe, feel our bodies, find balance (or the lack there of), and decide what to turn toward and shine the light on so to speak.
We Can Draw From The Cycles of Nature To Support Us in Our Own Turnarounds!
What needs a turnaround in your life?
What do you want to turn toward, or away from?
What do you want to light up in and around you?
Sometimes, in order to get clarity it is helpful to acknowledge, or turn toward, what we actually don't want. And sometimes what we don't want, or what we don't want to see, plops itself down right n front of us. Ugh. So easy to turn AWAY, to avoid the unsightly mess around us, and quite truthfully in us.
It takes courage, a bit of surrender, and a willingness to get uncomfortable to look at the hard truths: what makes us squirm inside, what makes us rage, the by-products of failure, grief, and loss. Perhaps we are being called to see a hard truth regarding a situation, a relationship, a job, a friend, our family dynamic, our Self. I call this hard truths Personal Myths.
Your Personal Myths can stop you from moving toward what you want.
I'm supposed to get it right the first time!
I'm not supposed to screw up.
I shouldn't have pain!
Haven't I already done this?
How can I feel joy when others are suffering?
Blaming: yourself, circumstances, others
All manna for the inner critic, the Voice in Your Head, and, an opportunity to start again--to pause, take a deep breath, allow your shoulders to drop, your jaw to soften, to get curious, and turn toward the part of you who is having a fit in there.
It starts with Hello...
Guided Myofascial Release Therapy & Connective Wisdom Coaching is supportive in making contact with the deeper wisdom spaces inside so the root cause of our human predicaments can be shaken loose in authentic and ground-breaking ways so that conditioned patterns of approaching life's sticking points can be resolved.
Embodied Self-Compassion is a good practice to start turning within on your own!
Embodied Self Compassion practice
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Our most challenging moments open the door to our deepest healing.
These moments contain the golden nuggets of information, the seeds of wisdom and growth, that are here to help us connect with our deepest truths; how we can be of service to our own heart, the hearts of others and therefore, the heart of the world.
If we have tools and we use them, this actually provides the energy needed to begin again after a loss, or an argument, or letting go of a painful relationship or part of our self.
The rhythms of nature and our planets' unique & cycling patterns can show us the process of beginning again: the pause of dormant winter, the emerging new life of spring, the storms of summer that cycle over and over again perpetuate our ability to exist as humans on this planet and present opportunities to feel our place in the universe or to turn within to tap our abundant resource energy & wisdom within.
A dear friend recently told me the story of Adele. In a recent concert she began singing and after the second line stopped, looked at her piano player who shrugged his shoulders. While the audience applauded her pause, she took a breath, turned to the band and said: "Let's try this again." Adele stopped, took a moment in front of thousands, without apology, and began again, stepping right back into the rhythm of her own song.
As Ralph Waldo Emerson says,
Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.