We continue to underestimate the power of nourishing our spirit. Our spirit (and our relationship to the Divine) is like a car's GPS. It points us in the direction of our best self—without fail.
It's true, we can care for our body and feel better. We can do the same for our mind and emotions and get relief. But deep down-in-your-core-liberation occurs only when our spirit has been provided for.
When you are in need of all-over rejuvenation, here are 2 more strategies, "Spirit Refreshers" —and here's how to use them:
At any time during your busy day, stop what you’re doing and take a break to center yourself—to remember who you are—a “human being,” not a “human doing.” Spiritual refreshment might be what's needed: a brief period of dropping in, a mini-break, if you will; a short respite from the pace of life; a coming home to your wise self.
Feeling closed down, irritated, struggling through your day? Stop what you are doing, stand up, stretch your arms out to your sides as if you were an airplane. Breathing slowly and evenly, gently arch your body back as if there were an imaginary string connecting your heart to the sky. This heart opening stretch not only releases bodily tension, but enables your emotional heart to open if it has felt tight or closed down. Stay in this position for a minute or two, continuing to gently breathe in and out, for as long as you need to feel relief.
In need of a big Spirit Refresher? Become an infant for a few minutes and give yourself a healthy dose of mother love. Come down to the floor, kneeling. Then slowly lower your body until it is resting on the floor like a frog might; chest pressed to thighs, arms back, resting comfortably beside you. Turn your head to the side, temple to ground; rest, breathe. (In yoga, this is called “Child’s Pose.”) Imagine yourself as a small child or baby in a crib, experiencing pure happiness, lying on soft sheets, a comfy mattress, nowhere to go, nothing to do, just BE-ing.
View the two previous blog posts for more Spirit Refreshers! Scroll down.
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is a touchpoint. a resting place, a "remembering" of who we really are and how we can best live—kindly and compassionately with ourselves and others.
Janice Lynne Lundy, DMin
is an educator, interspiritual director/guide and retreat leader who has been pointing people back toward the Sacred for more than twenty years. She is the author of several spiritual growth books, including Your Truest Self, My Deepest Me and Portable Peace., and is the co-founder and co-director of the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute.