Allow your body to rest. Allow your heart to ache, to love, to need a moment for pause. Allow your mind to wander every once in a while and allow your mind to still. Allow your breath to be natural and allow your awareness to be centered on nothing more and nothing less than your breath. Allow each inhale to bring peace from the outside in and each exhale to spread serenity and love from the inside out. Allow the tears to come forth when they are ready. Allow space for forgiveness of self and of others. Allow for the imperfections of our humanness to exist without judgement. Allow time to be still in movement and allow time to be busy with movement. Allow the body to feel tired without judgement. Allow yourself to receive love from others and most importantly -- from yourself. Allow yourself to be you, your completely awesome and unique self -- allow this without comparison. Allow for moments of frustration to arise when they do, allow for them without anger towards self or others, for anger is a dark energy, that leads to resistance, rather than providing space for one to allow... whatever there is, whenever it is to be.
I understand that this may sound like a tall order and perhaps it is, but I guarantee that it is worth it. I know because I am on the journey, they journey of allowing myself -- to Be, as I am, in the moment, whatever that moment may be ... doing so allows to me to more mindful in my ways and more present in my thoughts, actions, and spiritual energy, as well as being more present in the here and now.
Earlier this evening, while at a Gentle Restorative Yoga class, I noticed my mind wandering away from my intention of "Gratitude for the Moment" and away from conscious awareness of my breath to thoughts of where I might be living by the end of this year, what I might prep for my meals next week, what new podcast I might choose to listen to on my way to work tomorrow morning, etc. - I noticed my wandering mind and felt frustrated. Almost instantly I became acutely aware of the frustration I was feeling towards myself and of how it was affecting me mentally, physically and spiritually as I sat in meditation ... I did not do well tonight at allowing myself to acknowledge my wandering mind, at labeling my thoughts "thinking" and then returning to my breath without judgement and this hindered my ability to meditate peacefully, it also caused the muscles in my upper back to tighten, as I created stress in my body... And to think, that letting go of judgement towards self... that simply allowing my own imperfections to be OK would have relieved the tension in my mind, body and spirit that came about. After practice, I sat in my car for a moment, closed my eyes, took an exaggerated inhale and sighed it out ... allowing for each moment to be a fresh start ...
Living a life of mindfulness, allowing yourself to be your truest expression of your own self is not always the easiest, but it is the most rewarding.
I invite you now, (of course after you have completed reading this), to find a comfortable position (seated or lying down), to place one hand over your heart and then to place your other hand over the hand that is feeling your heart beat, close your eyes, whisper a kind thought out loud to yourself or perhaps you voice a bit of forgiveness to self, inhale through your nose, taking a moment to notice where the breath is traveling in your body, pause and exhale fully through your nose, again taking a moment to notice the sensation of release as your lungs empty, preparing to fill again with the next inhale. Repeat this as many or as few times as suits you, finding gratitude for self and appreciation in the moment.
Peace everyone ૐ
A spiritual being on a physical journey, striving to make a positive impact on this world through my actions and loving intention. I believe that we are all capable of greatness, it is how we channel this great energy that matters... I choose to express it in the name of -- peace and love.