EQUANIMITY, MY WORD FOR 2022 https://youtu.be/SEiS83tTqho
W.A.I.T. and WAIT https://youtu.be/BDJhc_xH8-M
PATIENCE, CURIOSITY AND STAY https://youtu.be/k4zUjxIQDdc
Create Your Own Snow Globe Practice: https://youtu.be/Y1gbkcKBr24
Snow Globes are representations of ideal scenes in which we love to gaze into and be transported to a place of beauty, creativity, and an appealing environment/situation. Another added dimension is when we shake the globe, there is snow or glitter that floats around the scene. Basically, it has movement and the element of change, energy and then the calm.
Snow Globes have a connection to many for we find calm, resonance, and imagination.
Creating our own pleasing scene with all the feelings, actions and scenery can be very useful for connecting to our creativity, calm confidence, and way of feeling as we move through our lives, no matter the situation or experience.
Know most importantly that this snow globe goes every place with you no matter where you are or what you are doing. All you need to do is to take a nice deep breath and imagine your globe and let the energy float around in it and feel that you are in the center of these feelings.
BALL/BOTTLE TOSS TO CALM, COMFORT AND EASE THE BODY & MIND https://youtu.be/r6413IgzqPY
BALL/BOTTLE TOSS: This is bilateral stimulation. It stimulates both sides of the brain to stop anxiety. It is so simple yet effective.
Grab a ball, a bottle, keys (anything you can toss). Think of something that is causing you some anxiety.
Rate it, and now pass the ball back and forth from one hand to the other, crossing the midline, so you are stimulating both hemispheres of the brain. It will have a more rapid effect if you keep one hand in front of you as the other swings out to the side each time you pass the ball.
Do this for a minute.
Stop, take a breath, and check in. You might find that the anxiety has dissipated or if you like you can repeat until the anxiety has completely diffused.
S.T.O.P. the Practice https://youtu.be/vo-nNjDVzRY
S.T.O.P. the acronym.
This practice can support us in difficult moments during our day, yet it takes just seconds to do.
S— STOP …Give yourself a pause, a rest a chance to collect yourself.
T— TAKE A BREATH… Breathe deeply into your belly. Bring attention to your breathing body and ground into the present moment.
O— OBSERVE… Notice what is arising in you, thoughts, emotions, and body sensations. Broaden your awareness to take in what is going on and how you can offer kindness to yourself as you release tension and stressful thoughts.
P— PROCEED… Simply proceed with intentionality, taking the next step in your day from your inner place of strength, wisdom, and calm.
LET’S BREATHE https://youtu.be/sGd5B3hYA-A
3 MINUTE OR HOURGLASS BREATHING https://youtu.be/DecAGTGo_rc
TENSE AND RELEASE
Slowly tense and release all of your muscles from your head down to your toes.
Feel what happens to your body and your mind as you do.
HALT. Right now, are you feeling…..
If so, what could you do about it…?
ONE TRACK MIND
Play one of your favorite songs.
Pick one instrument or sample track to focus on, and
listen to just that one instrument through the entire song.
Notice five sensations in your body right now.
Count them on your fingers.
Bring to mind something you are grateful for. Silently repeat this while holding the image in your mind.
How do you feel?
Things I Love:
“Hats” are my Friday Favorite!
All the Hats we wear are important and represent something, even though they may be the invisible kind:
- Rain Hats—–Protect our heads
- Costume Hats—be someone or something else for fun
- Baby Hats—-to feel warm and safe
- Fishing at Hats— Protect from sun
- Angel Halo Hat (too tight) — try it on for size… for funaHHHHHh \h\s
- Photography Hat—- to feel protected from sun and elements and to concentrate
All the hats we wear in a day with all that we do in life can be pretty awesome to think about. Physically putting them on and taking them off is easy but the transition from the invisible kind from family member to friend to job to caregiver to driver to cook to cleaner to advisor to gardener to advocate to neighbor to teacher to …. to…. to…….. The list goes on and on and can be tiring and exhausting if they all get mixed up into many into facets of “giving”.
Transitions happen every day and can be easier, happen with more ease and calm and can be joyful!
Mindfulness coaching can be useful for challenges and transitions from hat to hat.
Mary Oliver Poetry
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
from Dream Work
by Mary Oliver