Archive for September, 2013

Mini Meditation: Relaxing Check-In

In our hyper-speed culture, it’s vitally important to relax and check in with yourself, at least a few times a day. This week, I had a client tell me she is doing a check-in each hour. She takes some deep breaths to relax herself and then makes sure she is on track with her priorities for the day. Great idea!

The deep breaths activate your body’s natural relaxation response, which brings you back to center, clears your mind, and initiates a cascade of positive effects in your mind and body. These include bringing your respiration, heart-rate, and brainwaves into calm coherence, and resetting your body for optimal health, digestion, and immune functions.

Consciously relaxing in the way I’m going to describe, will also help you connect with inner knowing and check in for guidance on your top priorities.

Here’s a “Relaxing Check-in Checklist”:

1. Begin by lightly closing your eyes and relaxing and releasing any tension from your hands, feet, and jaw.

2. Put a subtle smile on your lips and feel the sensation of smiling inside your body.

3. Take a couple, slow, deep breaths, inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth with a sigh.

4. Feel your body as a whole from the inside. Feel the entire space inside your skin. Notice any inner sensations that draw your attention. Notice any emotions you’re feeling. Notice any thoughts that pass through your mind. Remember your top priorities.

If you practice this Relaxing Check-In consistently, maybe even on the hour, you’ll discover you can quickly relax, connect with inner guidance, and get back on track with your top priorities.

Below you can enjoy a short recording of this Relaxing Check-In as a Mini Meditation. After you listen, please share with your family, friends, and co-workers through the social sharing links. Thanks for sharing!

Enjoy!
Kevin

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Your Emotional Allies: 3 Steps To Be At Ease With Uncomfortable Feelings

Do you ever feel so mad that you might explode, so afraid that you can’t move, or so sad that you lose all will? When you feel anger, fear, or sadness, it’s natural to want to get away from these supposedly “negative” emotions. From a young age we are encouraged not to express them. People around us want us to cheer up right away, as if there is some danger in experiencing these uncomfortable feelings. After all, we’ve all seen what can happen when these emotions get over-blown and out of control.

However, what if these emotions are natural responses to life? What if they carry useful information? What if allowing ourselves to feel them is important for our health, well-being, and openness to inner guidance? In this brief article, we’ll explore why it’s important to reframe “negative” emotions as simply “uncomfortable” and how to turn them into allies.

So, how could anger, fear, and sadness be useful to us?

Consider that all emotions give you feedback on what is happening both inside and around you. They can alert you to what others are thinking, feeling, and doing and how this might be affecting you. They also give you information about what you are thinking, feeling, and doing and if that’s effective for you or not.

For example, anger naturally arises when you or someone or something important to you is, or has been, threatened. Anger is a protection response. It alerts you to set boundaries, say “no,” or take protective action—and it provides the energy and adrenaline to do that. At least this is anger’s natural function.

When we don’t allow ourselves to feel appropriate anger, it can get bottled up inside and come out in inappropriate ways, ways that are damaging and have little to do with protecting something important. In contrast, when we allow ourselves to feel anger, we can ask ourselves questions to discern if there’s an appropriate use for this energy. Then we can take action consciously and purposefully.

A good question to ask your anger is “Is there anything or anyone that needs to be protected?”

Fear can also signal the need for action. Often this action is related to potential future consequences. For example, when you have a test coming up, a little fear is an appropriate motivator that gets you studying. When you are afraid you won’t be able to pay the bills, fear might send you forth on a job search. When you are afraid of future health consequences of not losing weight, fear might get you started on a healthy eating plan and exercise.

A good question to ask fear is “Is there any action I need to take to handle this situation?”

Sadness arises to help you let something go. Sadness helps you grieve a loss that has happened or let go of something that no longer serves you. This enables you to move on to what will serve you best, now and in the future.

A good question to ask of sadness is “Is there something I need to let go of?”

These are all examples of how uncomfortable emotions can be healthy and informative. When you relate to them consciously and purposefully, they can help you navigate your life appropriately and effectively. If you:

1. Tune into your feelings,

2. Ask them good questions, and

3. Take appropriate action,

your emotions will resolve and dissipate naturally.

As you practice these three steps again and again, you’ll discover that uncomfortable feelings can be great allies. Instead of avoiding them, you can use them for the information and energy they provide.

I would love to hear ways that you’ve learned to work with your uncomfortable emotions in the Comments section below. And, if you find this article useful, please share it with your family, friends, and co-workers through the social sharing buttons. Thanks for sharing!

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Freedom Within NOW: How To Access The Ultimate “Miracle Drug” Inside!

These days, everybody is searching for the ultimate “miracle drug”. Have you been searching for that?

But what a blessing it is when you realize that you need nothing outside of yourself to complete you —

* You don’t need a certain situation to work out one way or another (even the ones that feel like a big deal).

* You don’t need anyone to approve of you or give you a feeling of approval or validation

* You don’t need to reach a certain level of success in your business or your finances.

* You don’t even need your physical body to be in state of optimal health.

Now of course there’s nothing wrong with getting validation, having situations work out well, being successful, and being healthy.  But the big ah-ha comes when you realize that wanting and needing these things to happen only reinforces the illusion that they were separate from you in the first place. Wanting them actually keeps them away.

The true gift is the completeness and wholeness that you already are.   And then, the rest of life becomes much more fun, and the possibilities  much more enjoyable to dance with  —

Enjoy the FREE ReleasingFest where you’ll learn how to release anything and everything that stands in your way of true freedom —

I hope you enjoy it!

Matt

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