I woke up early the other day, well, I've been waking up early for awhile now so I get up and write. Here's what I wrote on 4/13/20, as we are all on pause, and taking greater time out-
What could the gifts of this downtime be?
-stretching and doing yoga in the morning with my husband with no hurry to get out the door
-more time to meditate and deepen my spiritual practice and study time
-really slowing down to enjoy the miracle of spring, watching all the birds sitting in the trees as they are blooming and flowering each day
-having more time in nature, to garden, and watch the plants grow and nurture them
-taking more walks with my husband and enjoying all the spring flowers and trees and taking pictures of them
-having long talks with my husband about what really matters in life and for us, feeling closer to him than ever before
-writing poetry, journaling, reading, listening to podcasts
-being more relaxed about producing results
-not having to put on makeup or get dressed up each day for work
-being able to help coach others through this time on zoom, Face-time, etc...
-catching up with friends/family on zoom, and Facebook messenger
-Cooking soups, trying new recipes, having more time to cook together and slow down to eat lunch outside together, when it's nice out
-greater self-care time, baths, cups of hot tea, facials, just resting and unraveling from all the years of pushing myself
I hope this inspires you towards more downtime, time for your self-care and dropping any expectations of what you should be doing, and just undo and relax more, listen to your inner voice, you are wise. You have all the answers for you. Just stop, breathe, and listen. Let yourself feel whatever is going on and give it time to be released, then later there will be a space for something new or maybe an action step or not. This time does not have to be filled with doing. You are enough, simply in your being you!
Here's one of my poems from the early am writing sessions
Love in the time of Corona
What do you really value?
What needs to fall away
What truly needs to stay
How do you play on this stage of fear and panic?
Will you give in to the manic of the virus?
Take this corona and break it down
It is showing us something
What is it?
Can you find the inner temple of peace and love?
We created all of this
We can make it go away
You get to say
You signed up for this, you’ve been preparing for it your whole life
You have the answers for you, and you know what to do
Be still and know from moment to moment, surrender and trust
Remember you have a virus protector built into your heart with all you need to know
A few photos from my walks and home
I have a ritual that I love to do when I get home from the day. I get my compost bucket from the kitchen, that is usually full of compostable stuff such as coffee grounds, egg shells, vegetable peelings, etc. and I take it down the bottom of the hill to our compost pile beside a lovely peaceful creek. I use this as my releasing technique, I dump all the vegetable matter in the compost bin to transform it into compost to reuse in our garden, and then I turn to the creek and mentally release my unwanted thoughts, worries, concerns. I see them transforming into something new, like the compost. I watch them float away then to go down to the other side of the creek where there is a tiny waterfall and I imagine them transforming into thoughts, dreams, and things that I do want. I give thanks for these things in advance. There’s a small bench there, I sit and pray, then focus on how blessed I truly am. This process helps me to not carry the troubles of the day into the evening or the next day. If I can’t get down to the creek on certain day, I mentally do this in my mind to release, transform and create more of what I do want. Do you have a ritual or technique you use to let go of troubles or burdens? Prayer, meditation, rest, walking, or journaling are a few helpful tools. Let me know what you have tried.
Here’s a poem from a moment on the bench by the creek.
I go, go, go.
I bob to the beat.
I write, sing and dance in the heat.
I could go down to the ground.
It’s time to go away, find respite.
I go up to bird level to see a new way.
I build a nest of golden thread and rest high above.
I birth an idea. I fly to greatness. I go to the stars and reconnect with my magical mystical self.
I can fly again with new wings of sparkling gold on the highest of winds.
I love playing in the dirt and tend to get it all over me when I am gardening. Did you know that there’s a natural antidepressant in soil? It’s true. Mycobacterium vaccae is the substance under study and has indeed been found to mirror the effect on neurons that drugs like Prozac provide. The bacterium is found in soil and may stimulate serotonin production, which makes you relaxed and happier. Studies were conducted on cancer patients and they reported a better quality of life and less stress. Lack of serotonin has been linked to depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and bipolar problems. The bacterium appears to be a natural antidepressant in soil and has no adverse health effects. These antidepressant microbes in soil may be as easy to use as just playing in the dirt.
Read more at Gardening Know How: Antidepressant Microbes In Soil: How Dirt Makes You Happy
About a year ago I was dealing with a lot of negative emotions, stress and stuck emotions, luckily a practitioner I know and trust offered to help work with me using The Havening Techniques. It really worked!
I wanted to learn more about how it shifted me from being stuck to getting into action. This weekend I took the Havening training with the founders, Ron and Steven Ruden and Harry Pickens. Dr. Ronald Ruden is the creator of The Havening Techniques. Over the last three decades he has translated the recent advances in neuroscience into new methods of healing.
Havening Techniques® is a method, which is designed to change the brain to de-traumatize the memory and remove its negative effects from both our psyche and body. As part of its protocol The Havening Techniques uses the sensory input of human touch as a therapeutic tool which we have identified as Havening Touch®. The process of the Havening Technique requires touch.
The decision of who should provide the touch must be made jointly. “When an event or experience is perceived as traumatic or very stressful it becomes immutably encoded, often with life-altering consequences. However, recent research from the field of neuroscience has shown us how it’s possible to modify this encoding. The Havening Techniques are methods which are designed to change the brain to de-traumatize the memory and permanently remove its negative effects from both our psyche and body.” ~ Ronald A. Ruden, M.D., Ph.D.
This weekend I watched and participated in folks letting go of traumas that have been with them their whole lives and get freed up from that pain! It was amazing! This simple process uses the power of touch, attention and imagination to heal emotional (and often, physical) pain that has seemed unresolvable.
Havening can help:
Let me know if I can help you with more information on Havening Techniques or if you want to try a practice session http://www.inspirewellness.net/free-consultation.
I was vacuuming the house and the vacuum was making a weird noise, I thought to myself, I probably need to empty the canister of dirt. I am embarrassed to say that I never do this. I just keep vacuuming and my husband will come into the room and say, that needs to be emptied and he’ll take it out to the garbage, however he was mowing the grass so I needed to deal with it. I unhooked the canister of dirt from the vacuum and carried it outside to put it in the garbage. I looked at the canister for the release button and saw it and put my finger on it so I could be ready and all of a sudden it opened up and dumped the dirt all over the driveway, right behind my car!
The canister was full of dirt and broken glass. I was concerned about the glass being right behind my car, I didn’t want to run over it and have a flat tire. I surely didn’t want my husband and neighbors to see my mess! I ran to get a dustpan and broom. I kept sweeping but couldn’t seem to get all of it up, especially the glass slivers. I started to think about how life it like this, with our emotions, anger, thoughts and the dirt we pick up and how we just keeping going, like me vacuuming and not emptying the canister.
Our bodies like the canister needs ways to release, empty the dirt and emotions out. Sometimes we want others to do it for us, or we dump it all over others when we really don’t want them to see it or even know about it but like I did, it just got dumped out for the world to see! Wow! What a valuable lesson this pile of dirt has just shown me, I thought to myself. It seems to me that we are always working on some of the same lessons, they keep coming up until we learn this lesson. Like a little sliver of glass, they prick or hurt us until we learn to finally pull it out of our bodies and let it go. What are some ways to empty the canister and keep the dirt from building up (so we don’t run over it and get a flat tire) so we can be open to receive more of the good stuff and have a clean start!
Ways to empty the canister: