by Victoria Mcmahon
Does the holiday season swoop in and take over like an animal stalking its prey?What if you created an alternative to your past experience, what might you choose differently?
Is it craving a balance between being present to the excitement and wonder and the quiet, inner reflection?
Is it observing moments of separation thinking and taking a pause to write an observing template to shift back into unity minding?
Is it consciously choosing a new activity that supports your field of being to move beyond the same old patterns of previous years?
Knowing what is occurring within is about the art of listening. Is your body calling for activity that gives feelings of satiation and fulfillment? What will bring these feelings forward? Is it socializing with family or friends, baking your favorite Christmas goodies or resting in a nourishing yoga restorative pose. I like putting my legs up a wall for 5-10 minutes to replenish the immune system and quiet the nervous system. Then I write an observing to feel how I am settling in a little deeper. The balance occurs when we listen for the impulse and are willing to follow…. seeking activity in one moment while following rest and reflection at another time instead of overriding the body’s impulse!
If you find ourselves in override response, you can bet your thoughts of separation got you there. Oh, but ‘I don’t want to miss out’ or ‘why does he/she always ‘got here’ patterns emerge’! This is definitely a call to action – PAUSE! Breathe and recognize the erupting nature of separation reality, so you can disrupt the looping mind with an observing or maybe two!! For me, I often need physical activity to gain access to my sensations of my body or sensitivities and imagination in order to find clarity in the observing, which then can lead to what I value so I can have a clearer craving arise.
A simple body, breathing movement I like to do is find a wall or closed door and facing it, I walk my hands up the wall until my arms are extended. I as I watch my breath, I feel the exhalation surrendering my chest towards the wall. Inhaling, I feel the lengthening of my back and spine…..then once again I soften and surrender to the exhalation…..to the opening of my heart. I also like to do this on the floor – in a tabletop position on my hands and knees, then stretching each arm alternately forward extending through the arm and chest. Try out one of these variations for yourself when you discover the looping mind has a hold on you! Then, write your observing or craving template!
A simple movement like this one might be enough to extract yourself or you might find a deeper soak into the inner reflection of being is required. As the winter season approaches along with the holiday traditions, balance can be tricky. Some of our deepest knowings and longings are wanting our attention so we can plant the seeds for nurturing the coming into our next greater whole!
Just like a deep soak in the tub nourishes our body into relaxation, so too can some yoga restorative poses offer relaxation to our body/mind to guide us into deeper reflection and connection. Yoga restorative poses might be a new activity that you choose to create the balance between doing and being that inspires greater joy in connection of you with self and others. What is that newness that you have been wanting to sink into deeper? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if youwant to learn a few yoga restorative poses to unwind before you write your creation exercises so you too can increase your holiday peace and joy!