Are you someone who is super busy, working, creating, being on and running from here to there? I’m guessing yes. In my world, time often feels like it is sped up and that there is so much to do all the time. Sound familiar?
But here is what I know. In order for you to truly connect with yourself and your essence, there has to be a willingness to slow down.
Slowing down is hard. We resist it. We often actually keep ourselves busy on purpose. Why?
In my experience, the reason we don’t like to slow down is that we actually start to feel things and recognize where we are out of balance. Where we are out of integrity. Where we are not in our centre,. Where we do things that don’t feel aligned. We start to feel the places where we experience shame. That we are disconnected from. That we judge.
It all comes up.
So that is why we keep busy – to escape feeling all of these things.
But as you and I both know, the reality is that if we don’t slow down, we can’t grow, we can’t evolve as a humans. We will never bloom into our full potential unless we are intentional about meet ourselves exactly where we are. And to do this, the basic fundamental practice is to slow down.
Right now, take a deep breath in and slowly exhale out. When you slow down your breathing, you relax the central nervous system and begin to change your brain wave state. You activate the parasympathetic nervous system which sends a message to your being that it is ok to rest. Ok to let go. Ok to open. Ok to receive.
Take a few more deep breaths – right into your belly. What are you experiencing? Can you sense a willingness to drop in and feel more connected to the world? To surrender into this moment into something much greater than you and your busy-ness? How does that feel? The present moment is the only moment we can truly be alive. It is your presence that is the greatest gift to humanity – not what you do but who you are.
I hope you can feel it – the magnificence of you simply being.
On Monday I received the heartbreaking news that a good friend of mine suddenly fell very ill and is in the ICU. The unexpectedness of her illness has hit me quite hard and I’ve been experiencing many waves of sadness over the past couple of days.
I’ve also felt called to drop deeply into my body to feel and experience her in her aliveness. To pause and just let myself feel everything – the emotions and the sensations that become available in a moment of presence. As is said, life is indeed precious. Pausing, sensing and just being makes me feel more connected to my dear friend.
It is easy to take life for granted. I do it all the time – life is happening, often like a whirlwind and rarely slows down. And it is often only when there is some terrible misfortune that we briefly acknowledge how fragile life is.
I invite you today to drop in and appreciate your life, your body, your capacity to have a human experience simply because you are a miracle and are worth honouring.
- Sit in a quiet place where you feel comfortable and close your eyes.
- Take a few deep breaths, inhale through the nose and sigh out through the mouth. When you feel more relaxed and settled, come to breathing in and out through the nose.
- Notice now, how you are feeling…. how you are doing right now in this moment.
- How does your body feel? Scan your body for a moment now, starting at your feet, simply noticing how your body is feeling. Continue scanning your body, moving upward until you reach the crown of the head.
- Visualize that your crown is opening and above you is a beautiful column of light. Receive this light in your body from the crown. This light is filled with the luminous qualities of appreciation, gratitude and honouring.
- Let this light, like liquid honey, pour into you – filling every part of you from the head all the way to the feet. Notice what this feels like. Create even more potency by using conscious breath to activate the healing qualities of this light.
- When you are full take your hands to your crown and stroke/touch the entire body as a blessing. Enjoy.
- Finish with a few deep breaths and when you are ready, open your eyes.
If you enjoyed this meditation, why not call a friend and offer to guide them through experience this as a gift of recognition for their presence in your life. If you do, I’d love to know how it was received. Just hit reply to this email so we can connect.