If you're feeling down, unmotivated, stuck in a rut, or disconnected from the simple joys of life, here's a quick and easy exercise.
This is an especially great one to do in the morning, right after you wake up, when you're laying in bed thinking, 'Ugggghhhhh.... morning.'
Imagine that each cell of your body has a face, and suddenly each one BURSTS out with, "Laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!"
See each cell of your body singing mouth WIDE open with joy.
Imagine each cell singing with joy purely because it exists. Then imagine the cell realizes it's a part of something that composes you and it sings even louder and with even more gusto. Imagine all of the cells of your body singing with joy over the state of their and your existence in this Universe.
Imagine this in the cells of your liver, your heart, stomach, bones, muscles, brain, lungs, blood, nerves, skin, brain and so on. Focus on individual cells and the whole parts they compose, just letting your focus drift around with this visual.
It doesn't matter if you feel anything or if you don't believe your cells would ever be this exuberant over the idea of just being (especially first thing in the morning).
Don't doubt it or let your thoughts convince you to stop. If a thought comes in that says something like, Nothing in you is this happy and excited, then simply respond with, Shhhhhh, I'm just trying this. I'll get back to you later. Try and gently shush those naysaying thoughts without feeling the need to heed them as some ultimate truth. Also try to resist judging, condemning or forcefully pushing them away.
Just imagine this for as long as you can while simultaneously allowing any thoughts that arise to do so - but at the same time, don't expect those thoughts or wait for them.
If you do have them, these thoughts can help you find the source of your initial feelings of being unmotivated, down, and uninspired. If no specific thought arises, it doesn't mean you can't get out of your rut - it could mean anything from your feelings are too general to pinpoint in a thought, to you're not ready to know, and the exercise is enough for now.
Although down and pessimistic thoughts aren't the final word about you or your life, they are important, because they can lead you to what led to their creation.
But again, all you must do is acknowledge them for now, and then tell them to patiently wait quietly until you're ready to dig into what's really going on. Your thoughts will obey, so long as you remember you created them, and they belong to you, and not the other way around.
You are the owner of your thoughts, and you can tell them to be quiet just as easily as you can summon them up.
Close your eyes, start the exercise, and hear, see and sense with your inner senses this singing.
Every cell inside of you is singing with joy.
Let it rise up and flood your mind, body and spirit. When you're done sit quietly (or lay still if you're in bed) and breathe deep. Feel into your Inner Guide and trust that if there is something for you to know at this time, the answers will come, and in the way that is perfect for you.
Above is a track of nature sounds I put together on the nature sounds for me website. It's 5 minutes long and very soothing.
For this meditation, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Breathe in deep and center into yourself.
Imagine you are on a path in a warm, tropical forest.
You are alone here in this natural sanctuary. You feel at peace, calm, and in the process of rejuvenation. At a casual pace you walk to the waterfall, continuing to breathe deep as you go.
Breathe in the fresh air and feel the warmth on your skin, relaxing your body and allowing you to open up and breathe even deeper.
As you approach the waterfall you see the cool, blue lagoon of the water it pours into. It begins to rain slightly. You duck under the rock outcrop and step out of the rain.
As you sit on a rock you feel yourself cool to a comfortable temperature. The rain and waterfall soothe you into a deep state of relaxation.
Breathe deep, and spend this time as you like. Walk under the waterfall if you like, letting it wash through your energy field and all over your body. Or just sit, relaxing and refreshing and enjoying nurturing yourself.
This time is for you.
(adj.) describing an experience that makes you fearful yet fascinated, awed yet attracted - the powerful, personal feeling of being overwhelmed and inspired
- from other-wordly.tumblr.com
Photo by Diueine
One of the things that can keep us from experiencing the changes we seek is getting anxious about when and how what we want will show up. For example, we want a loving partner so badly that as we meditate our energy is not actually aligning with the joy of a relationship, but rather feeling into all of the negative feelings associated with it not being there. You might be repeating in your mind, "I want a loving partner that supports me in all facets of my life." But the feeling inside you might be, "I'm lonely. I never have anyone to share my interests with. I'm scared to date because all my past relationships were so awful."
One way around this is to be playful with it, to turn the words around so they feel lighter. I've heard using the wording, "Wouldn't it be nice if...." can help us ease into what we want, rather than fight against it. I.E. "Wouldn't it be nice if I got the promotion?" rather than, "I really want the promotion! I NEED the promotion!" Personally, I've found the wording, "I wonder..." really helps me get out of my past memories and associations and just open up to what it is I truly want to feel and explore. For example, "I wonder how I will find my ideal partner...." or "I wonder how it will feel when I get my promotion" or "I wonder how I will get the money for my trip next year."
I find "I wonder..." carries a special vibration and really opens me up and bounces me out of the feelings that are holding me back. It seems to help soften everything, and when negative or countering thoughts do come up, I don't feel ambushed by them or that I need to suppress them. There's something playful and open about the words, "I wonder..." that brings our soul to it's happy place, back to that playful feeling of daydreaming and believing anything is possible.
Give this a try and see if it doesn't give you a new, more open and more positive perspective on things. I wonder what magic will show up in your life when you try this? The best thing is you don't need extra time to do it. While you cook, drive to work, etc., just for a moment, let yourself be open and as free as possible and ask, "I wonder what step will show up today to bring me toward my dream life?"
I love this series of videos on the MAKERS website. They all feature women but these stories of finding yourself, facing adversity and choosing to be true to yourself can be related to by everyone. I really loved Ellen's videos because it's so easy to forget that the road she walks on is one she built herself. After she came out and everything had turned against her, she carried on and refused to believe that was the end of her journey. Her second video is short and simple but has great moment of owning who you are, and using I AM to stand in your sense of self. I also loved Val Demings' video because she has such a sweet spirit, but took on such a tough role. I could post tons more, they're all short and have great wisdom in them. Check these out and hop over to the MAKERS website for more.
"I was running from rejection, from being orphaned… The Indians called me mixed blood. The white world called me Indian. I was running in search of my identity. I was running to find Billy."
This website, Do Nothing for 2 Minutes, has been around for years. Today I stumbled upon it again and I remembered how nice it is when you're feeling scattered or unclear. You really can restore so much well-being in 2 minutes. I sat listening, quietly, doing nothing, and I knew at the end of it how I wanted to fix a scene I'd been working on last night. Perhaps this site is just what you need today also. If not, bookmark it for another day. It's one worth keeping around for those much needed moments of zen.
How you spend your time on the internet can really define how you feel about life. I myself hate when I realize I just got sucked into browsing Facebook for an hour, and all I did was the eyes glassed over, half conscious stare the whole time. Facebook can be awesome for sharing and staying in touch with people all over the world. But it can do what so much of the internet does, which is drag you down. There is so much stuff on the internet that can lift you up, inspire you, and make you feel excited about your life and this world. I would love to challenge you today to be aware of what you do online, and how it makes you feel. There's nothing wrong with surfing the web to relax, unwind, and enjoy the fact that for the first time in history, unlimited knowledge and exploration is at our fingertips. My favorite way is by going on Stumble Upon. I have it set so it shows me nature photos, landscapes, books, coffee, travel and other things I love. BookShelf Porn was a super fun find. And today I found you can do a virtual tour of the Smithsonian Museum. So if you're going to veg in front of your computer, find the stuff that increases your wonder and awe about the world rather than the stuff that makes you drool and check out like a zombie. It's out there, and just as easy to find as the zombie-inducing stuff. If you see the internet like a treasure chest waiting to be mined, your Monday will feel infinitely better!
Some things I found through Stumble Upon that made my heart sing with joy:
The Smithsonian's self-guided virtual tour
I'm not sure how to explain this one. It just made me feel appreciation for the creativity, intelligence and willingness of others to try things! It's called Keylight Experiment.
The magic of writing, the magic of music, in one paragraph. Listen to some music today. Read your favorite book. Do both at once! Enjoy the beauty of creativity and creation in your ears, eyes, mind, heart, and soul.
This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals–sounds that say listen to this, it is important. - Gary Provost
This Webinar is over, but Christie posted a replay here. It'll be available for the next 48 hours. I really enjoyed the class and Christie's fun attitude. Afterwards I felt inspired to go back and play one of the classes from the course I'd bought from her years ago. It's always interesting how you hear new things when you're in a new place. If you enjoyed Christie's talk but you can't afford her course right now, try looking her up on YouTube. She's got plenty of good stuff on there to get your abundance momentum going!
Hello all - First of all, I apologize for not posting this sooner. I love Christie and have done one of her full courses before, and it was really great. Even though I've heard her speak numerous times and probably heard all her stories, I signed up for her free class tonight because I love her energy. She laughs a lot, and just listening to her feels like this lightness comes over me. I wasn't going to share this because I know we all have the speakers and teachers we like, and it can seem like someone is always trying to get you to hear some speaker or teacher or whatever. But then I thought, hey this is free, and it's probably going to have some nice insights, and will definitely have high energy (so far 75k people are signed up) so why not share it? So I know this is coming in at at the last minute - the online class is tonight - but I trust if this class is for you that you'll see this post in time!
The Facebook page: Experience Ultimate Abundance In Life with Leading Expert Christie Marie Sheldon.
I love this free guided meditation from Cassandra Lyons that connects you with feelings of freedom and expansion! I did it this morning and I felt energized and excited not just for the day, but for what is unfolding in my life.
If you're looking to get more in touch with your Inner Guidance, with more joy, ease and grace, and to see life as more of an adventure and less of a daily drudgery, then check out Cassandra's site.
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