The wondrous world wide web is saturated with articles, YouTube videos and Facebook posts that show us how to live a fit lifestyle. It can be overwhelming to integrate these practices on our own, yet we feel the competitive urgency to also be as fit, toned and glowing as the media illustrates and promises us from these – often extreme – workouts.
Perhaps your colleague goes to bootcamp three times a week, your best friend does Power Yoga, the neighbours go for a daily run, and your employer might even subsidise a gym membership. We feel compelled to join the latest fitness hype, because if everyone does it, it must be good for me, too. We tend to forget that our bodies are unique and all wired differently. One person’s capacity to be physically pushed to the max completely differs to another’s. Some people are born to become Athletes, while others simply do not require or tolerate such physical strain. Although a healthy dose of movement is necessary for all of us, the importance is to find an exercise or wellbeing practice that works for you and feels good to you.
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Everyone processes unhealthy emotions differently; some people dwell longer than others. But everyone can learn to train their mind in shifting from the negative to the positive experience. Our darkest days and lowest energy moments are often the biggest catalyst for change and transformation.
Anger has always been my main trigger although over time and through my practice its occurrence has decreased and it has become easier to not be so consumed by it. When anger hits, it’s a fiery energy sizzling deep within and then suddenly rising within my being asking for it to be released. The point of release is crucial because when we swallow this emotion it is stored in our body and slowly eats away at us, potentially bringing us physical disharmony until we are willing to look at it again. A quote by Mary Burmeister resonates deeply here:
“Anger is a destructive force, which separates the body from the soul.”
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I feel most compassionate when I am working. When I am with my clients I automatically take myself out of the equation. I know that I am only there to see, listen and honour the person sitting in front of me. People could act in the worst behaviour and I would still smile and understand. When I work I am the most clear I have ever been. It seems easy for me to let go and let Source Energy take over for I know I am “not doing” anything. I am merely the vessel for healing energy to flow through. But why can it be so difficult to be compassionate all the time? It would save all of us so much energy if we accepted ourselves and our companions here on Earth just the way they are. We would stop comparing, competing and complaining and would experience unlimited joy.
From my own experience I know that through consistent self-study and meditation over the years my level of compassion has certainly increased, but I still catch myself more often than I would like judging a person or a situation. The funny part is that it doesn’t serve me or anyone else. So why do we do it? To feel superior to others? To live in the illusion that we have ‘figured it out’? What’s there to figure out anyway? Why does my mind even produce hurtful thoughts? Continue reading “Compassion”
Recently people have been telling me about their perception of meditation. For some this means writing a gratitude list every morning, for others running or watching music videos is their form of meditation. Isn’t it interesting how people have very different ideas of this ancient practice?
Ultimately meditation is about stepping into the silence of your own self so we can hear the quiet whisper of our hearts. Meditation provides a pathway for connection to our intuitive intelligence. From this place of being we know who we are and we know what we want.
How can we begin to listen to these subtle impulses when we are confronted by the many stimuli on TV? How can we truly hear when we need to pay attention to the road in front of us while running? Just because one can be mindful while walking or listening to music doesn’t mean it’s meditation. Meditation requires stillness and most people are afraid of this. But why? What could possibly happen to you in the silence? You are only sitting with yourself after all.
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