When you need to get away from it all, where do you go?
Consider this unique destination--your heart—and the value of dropping down into it to access your innate calm, your clarity. Without going anywhere you can restore and rejuvenate yourself with a relaxing "Spirit Refresher."
Why not take a break to nourish your whole and holy self? The results can be instantaneous! Calm returning. Mind relaxing. Heart open. Ahhh....
And it's so simple! The hard part is remembering to stop what you're doing and attend to your inner self in that very moment. To stop pushing, stop "shoulding" all over yourself, and drop into your heart of hearts.
Here's how it works: 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.
Here are 2 "Spirit Refreshers" you can try—anytime, anywhere— guaranteed to refresh you, no matter what!
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, search your memory bank for a particular event, for a time in your life when you felt truly peaceful, relaxed. Would your thoughts be of sun bathing on a warm beach, savoring a vista from a mountain top, laughing with your children rolling in the cool grass? Select a Memory Vitamin from your past and allow yourself to sink into all of its sensations. Fully re-live it in your body/mind as if you were there again and notice how wonderful you feel, just like after a vitamin boost!
Push away from your desk or computer, close your eyes and take a long, slow leisurely breath. Breathe in, counting to 8. Hold your breath for a count of 2. Then release it, doing so even more slowly, to the count of 10. Many of us take deep breaths thinking this will calm or focus us. Actually, it is the exhale that brings about the relaxation/energization response. During your work-day, notice if you are holding your breath or breathing very shallowly. Take a literal “breather” using this formula of 8 inhales to 10 exhales—and notice how much clearer and focused your mind feels.
Stay tuned! More techniques for Spiritual Restoration coming in a few days!
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is a touchpoint. a resting place, a "remembering" of who we really are and how we are meant to live.
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.