Deep listening is more than hearing with our ears, but taking in what is revealed in any given moment with our body, our being, our heart.
Today I am sharing a simple yet powerful healing practice for soothing the body, mind, heart and soul in the midst of chaos, busyness, change, illness, emotional turmoil, and suffering.
I invite you to stop what you are doing and give yourself a minimum of 5 minutes.
Breathe. Deeply. Slowly. Fully.
Place your right hand on your heart, and then place your left hand over the right. Breathe into your hands. Feel your heart beating. Be still and take in the beauty of this nurturing gesture.
While holding your hands over your heart, acknowledge the challenges or struggles you’re experiencing right now, no matter what they are.
Are you stressed out?
Are you struggling to make ends meet?
Are you coping with a mentally or physically ill loved one?
Are you under a lot of pressure at work?
Are you having relationship problems?
Are you experiencing health issues?
Are current world events weighing you down?
Are you feeling lonely?
Are you feeling stuck in your weight loss goals?
Is chronic pain interfering with your ability to do the things your love to do?
Whatever you are going through or feeling, give yourself permission to recognize the impact these challenges are having on you. For example, “I’m really going through a hard time right now”, or “this is really difficult”. Use your voice and speak your truth.
Now that you have acknowledged your struggles, here are some ways to start to transform them:
- Ask yourself, “What is ONE thing I can do TODAY to support my health and well-being?” Listen to what your heart is calling for, and then take the necessary steps to make it happen.
- What are you learning about yourself from this experience? Does it make you uncomfortable? Do you feel a sense of relief? Notice what is happening in your body as you show yourself love and compassion. Take a few minutes or more to journal on this.
- What are 3 things you are grateful for today? Write them down.
I know we all have something (or many things) in our lives that put strain and stress on various aspects of our well-being. Remember that it takes love, courage and strength to allow ourselves to be vulnerable, to honor our feelings and admit that we are struggling. Once we do this, we open ourselves up for healing to take place. Awareness of our difficulties and a willingness to heal our pain allows compassion to flow, starting with our own hearts, extending to those who are also going through challenging experiences. This creates a ripple effect, and our world needs this.
Will you give yourself at least 5 minutes a day to be still, breathe and soothe your whole being? I'd love to hear about your experience.
Wishing you a nourishing holiday season, filled with the sweetness of life and peace in your heart.
Certified Holistic Health Coach, Certified Food and Spirit Practitioner, Bodyworker