Blessings to You

As I move into this holiday season, I find my usual anticipation and excitement tempered by the post-election uncertainty and unease I still feel.  In talking with friends and students, I’ve found I’m not alone in that experience.

As I think about how to fully embrace this season in the way that I’d like, not only for me, but for my daughter, who at 4 doesn’t really understand the impact our president-elect and his potential staff will have on her and the world, I’ve realized that holding both the feelings of uncertainty and fear alongside with the feelings of excitement and joy is really and truthfully all I can do. It’s important to stay connected to everything that is in your heart and your gut – the truth in your heart and your gut is real and not to be ignored. 

It’s also important to realize that all we have is the present moment to act in.  We can’t change what happened on November 8th any more than we can change what will happen in 2017. All we can do is act in the now, making good, informed, thoughtful, positive choices with the intention of them leading to positive, healthy, productive, forward-moving results.  And that is the beauty of our yoga, meditation and Reiki practices.  They give us the tools to help us to stay in the NOW, to be with what is, and to find steadiness and clarity so that we can make sound actions today that will impact tomorrow.
 
Here’s a simple meditation you can explore to help you feel what you are feeling while also reminding you of what is good and positive in your life right now. If you like to journal, feel free to have a journal and a pen nearby so you can write down anything that captures your attention.  

  • Find a comfortable seat:  sitting on the ground on a pillow or blanket, or on the edge of a chair with your feet on the ground, or even lying down.  If sitting, try to sit up tall, so you feel long through your spine, spacious in your body.
  • Take a moment to feel the connection of your body on the earth.
  • Shift your attention to your breath and feel your breath moving in and moving out.  Allow your breath to gently and easily flow in its natural rhythm.
  •  Place one hand on the center of your chest – your energetic heart  - and one hand on your belly and continue to breathe naturally.
  • Notice any feelings, emotions, sensations that might arise.  Allow them to arise as they will.  Let them stay for as long as they need to.  Let them shift to something else when they are ready. Stay here for as long as you need to.
  • When you are ready, invite your hands to prayer, Anjali mudra, at your heart. Feel the way your palms feel, touching together.  This is a symbol of gratitude.
  • As you breathe silently say to yourself the following:
    o   Thank you for this breath
    o   Thank you for my body
    o   Thank you for my brain
    o   Thank you for my heart
    o   Thank you for my family
    o   Thank you for my friends
    o   Thank you for this day
    o   Thank you for this moment…
    o   and so on – you can continue to add to this list of thank yous as you would like, and of course, feel free to substitute phrases as needed.

     
     

    I wish you all a very peaceful and wonderful Thanksgiving.  May your heart and home be filled with love, laughter and all that is dear to you!
     
    Peace, Love, and Bliss,
    Beth

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