You may know yourself very well, I'm not doubting that you do. I know for myself, I am always discovering bits of myself. And it's not as if they weren't there to begin with, it's almost like buried treasure that I forgot about. It's a joyful thing to get to know ones self better. The exercises today are to help you (and myself) dig and find the buried treasure within ourselves. At first these exercises will feel awkward but keep at them. You'll most likely find one or a combination which work for you or even come up with your own to help you moving forward. It's exciting work and the best job you'll ever have is working on yourself!
1. Observe life. Have you ever watched a movie and had an "ah ha!" Moment? For a moment, a day or how ever long you deem fit, just observe life around you as though you are watching a movie. You'll begin to see things from a different perspective. Instead of seeing the things those around you are doing wrong, you'll see your part in their life. You'll start to hold less attachment to what is right and what is wrong and be that of scientist taking in whatever comes forward and saving the information for later reflection. In fact, there's no need for judgment when we observe. I love this exercise because it allows us to not judge ourselves or others. Where there is judgment, there is disappointment. I don't want you to be disappointed with yourself or others. I know how it feels and I am not a fan. Anyone else's parents say, "I'm not mad, I'm just disappointed"? Almost, a punishment in itself to disappoint someone or yourself. Let's just observe and make no judgments.
2. Allow the world to be your mirror. Maybe you already do this, see yourself in others. Allowing the world to be your mirror and can do countless things. I personally like to observe and then what annoys or bothers me about someone, I look inward to myself, "do I do these things?" Most likely yes. That which we don't like in others, we usually have somewhere within ourselves. Again, make no judgment. You are not a bad person. BecomIng aware of yourself is all you need to do. Later you can heal or transmute from this.
3. Free write. Take some time to just write free form. You don't need to be a good writer. You don't need to know what you're going to write about. Just write. One of the best ways to discover more about yourself is to write. Write a story about nothing. Write a letter you'll never send and no one will ever read. Write a letter to your future self. When I started my first blog, I began on a whim and didn't expect people to read it. Then give yourself a day or a week and reread it. Then repeat. I often write on my phone at random times throughout the day. I find putting down the random thoughts, writing the random stories leads me places within myself I would have never known.
I know all of these exercises may not come naturally to everyone and actually, the less natural to you, the better. When we move outside our comfort zone, we make way for the things we desire in our lives.
Today's love tip is to be open to the possibilities.
One of my favorite tools to utilize the above exercises is yoga. This Wednesday's yoga class that I am guiding will have an emphasis on the solar plexus chakra. The solar plexus chakra rules willpower, strength, power and protection. This can effect us in various ways when this chakra (energy point) is not in balance; lack of willpower, feeling bullied or bullying others. When this chakra is in balance you feel strong, like a peaceful warrior. I also find this chakra related to food. Using my own experience, I have used food as comfort and protection. This has lead to weight gain around my midsection, which covers the solar plexus chakra. During this class at Dharma Yoga Nantucket, located up stairs in the hayloft at Bartlett's Farm we will help to unblock the solar plexus as well as balance it. We will also practice shielding, which will protect you from other people's energies. This way you won't take on other people's negative energies. Perfect for the summer months on Nantucket, large groups of people and any holiday gathering. 530pm. Reserve your spot here, or just show up. We have everything you need from mats to props to eye pillows. There's also a Dharma Yoga Nantucket app for faster bookings and checkins.
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