With so much going on in our world this week, I thought it best to take some time and focus on YOU. How are you holding up and staying lifted consciously during this time? We’ve seen multiple people laid to rest from the Orlando shootings and some polarization around issues of life and humanity. Our current political climate is just as polarized and loud and obnoxious at times. I’ve read one too many commentaries and ignorant statements about what “god” has to say about this tragedy and how people are supposed to live their lives. It’s all been a bit unnerving for me and pressing on my spirit to vibrate at a higher frequency versus giving some people a verbal smackdown. But I digress…
In times, it’s important for all of us to assess how we take care of ourselves. Physically. Emotionally. Spiritually. As much as you may think the issues of our current day and your own personal and emotional matters don’t weigh on you; it sometimes takes a hard fall or a chest pain in the middle of the night to get us to settle down. To relax and to truly make time for self-healing and holding safe and sacred space ourselves.
Listed below, are ways you can hold space for yourself for 10 minutes or less each day. Something is better than nothing and it is a start. You can always add more practices and more time.
Five Simple practices to more healing in your daily Life
- Morning Ritual – prayer and affirmative thoughts. Get up a little earlier each day even on your days off and read something positive and something sacred to you that will maintain good vibrations in your body. Listen to music that inspires you, is new and creative, and doesn’t tear you down or have a negative message in it. (Examples include: Richard Smallwood, Rickie Byars Beckwith, Charles Holt, Bobby McFerrin, Robert Glasper, Stevie Wonder, Indie Arie, Faith Rivera)
- Create your own inspirational reading or devotional mantra– You are a creator. So “reach into into your chain of thoughts, try to find something new”, a personal mantra, (“I Am That I Am”, “My life is the life of the Divine”, “There are no accidents or mis-takes in me”) something that resonates personally with how you want to feel and that is outcome based. When it is personal, it matters more, you can relate to it in your own way.
- Deep Diaphragmatic breathing – This type of breathing is straight from your belly, full deep breaths like when you are watching a baby sleeping. Breathing from the diaphragm calms the fight or flight response in our bodies (sympathetic nervous system) and activates the parasympathetic nervous system (relaxation mode) for overall wellness and healing. Our breath is the most accessible balm for healing in our emotional bodies as well as our physical bodies. Learn how to use it productively so it activates the appropriate neuropathways (in the brain) that stimulate a more relaxed physical state.
- An altar space – This could be a bureau or dresser in your room where you just sit in silence, or a chair at the window near nature, or on your patio where you have plants. Rosetta Thurman offers some very helpful and useful tips on setting up your altar at home. Create a designated space where you place items that are special to you, personal to you, and that signify goals you want to achieve and the energy you want to embody. Set your intentions each day at this altar. Speak your affirmations and focus on the beauty of the space and what you’ve created in front of you. Remember everything is energy, so anything you place there is either going to drain energy from you or empower you and strengthen you.
- Unconditional Love Talk – This is sometimes called positive self-talk where you speak kindness and love to yourself and over your situation with the added “unconditional” part where you are not expecting any particular outcome. You are placing into the universe what you desire and releasing it, trusting that what you have spoken is being created exactly as it needs to be and you are loved and cared for in the process. It’s a practice of showing yourself compassion, releasing shame, guilt, blame for any decisions you’ve made. You have done the BEST you know how and you’re worthy of loving yourself even more.
Yes, we have a world that has some problems going on, but trust your unique way of being in the world to show up and be the change you wish to see. It’s not woo-woo, if it were I would not be writing this blog or doing this work. This love work has seriously enhanced and changed my life for the greater good.
What are you going to do to initiate healing in your life? What practices can you put into place this week? Leave your comments and suggestions below. I’d love to hear from you.
Peace for the Journey!