Breathing to Let Go

This quote stood out for me today: “Sometimes you don’t realize the weight of something you’ve been carrying until you feel the weight of its release.”

 

When you find yourself tense, overwhelmed or feel the weight of the world on your shoulders. Take a moment to sit comfortably and simply notice your breath.

Every inhale brings in new life, nourishment and energy.

Every exhale is a release and letting go.

Our breath reflects the ebb and flow of life itself.

Do you notice that there is a slight pause at the end on the inhale as you hold onto the air? This holding on creates more tension in our body and it feels so good to release some of it with this simple exercise:

Take a nice big inhale and then sigh on the exhale. Really focus on the noise you can make when you breath out! Make it loud and long. The biggest and best sigh in the world.

Next, If this feels good, bring your shoulders up to your ears on your inhale and then release them away from your ears on the exhale.

You may want to bring in some shoulder rolls now. Inhale raising your shoulder up and then exhale releasing forwards. (3 times) Then inhale raising them up and exhale releasing them backwards (3 times).

As the energy moves, can you feel the shift? A lightening. As you practice this can you feel the burden releasing?

Namaste

 

Haiku – ebb and flow

relaxation water wave circle

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Pause in this moment
Touch the ebb and flow of life
Find your Middle Ground

Find your Middle Ground is about stepping away from stressful days and anxious minds, and taking time to pause.

When we are mindful of the present moment and simply allow it to be, we open a door to our natural state of being – accepting, loving, peaceful, kind and content. Most of us are so distracted and moving so fast that we get caught up in the world of “doing” or worrying about what we should be doing next.
Too much doing and thinking disconnects us from our sense of “being”and who we really are.

I write about finding this place of connection, contentment and peace in the highs and lows of life. I call it our Middle Ground.

Namaste

* Haiku – breathing

breath in mystery

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Breath in mystery

Breath out self doubt and judgments

Find this ebb and flow

~

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* Back from Travels

Firth of Forth

Thrill of adventure
Joy and anticipation
Going with the flow.

Accept the ego’s
controlling reassurance
Bowing to the new.

Growing horizons
Loving moments filled with joy.
Travel from the soul.

All behind me now
The old world out of balance
To be born anew

In the Middle Ground.

It was a great trip, with some wonderful times with family. I’m looking forward to catching my breath and catching up over the next few days. xo

* Nature’s Rhythm

ebb and flow

ebb and flow by mike dawson

In nature there is a natural rhythm where everything pulses with energy.

We forget that we are a part of nature, not apart from it.

Take time to notice the ever present ebb and flow of the heart, breath, digestion, sleep and waking, wounding and healing, birth and death.

Everything comes and goes in the never-ending flow within all of us.

This reminds me of a favorite quote from Rumi:

letting go

“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.”

Let go of holding and go with nature’s flow.

* Haiku – make time

stillness into flow

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Find your Middle Ground

When you make time for stillness

Life begins to flow

~

 

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* Haiku – flow from stillness

leaf floating on water

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Find your Middle Ground

When you find time for stillness

life begins to flow

~

 

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* All Things Change

 everything changes

All things arise

Suffer change

And pass away.

This is their nature.

When you know this …

…you become still.

It is easy.

The Ashtavakra Gita

We spend so much time and energy avoiding the way life actually unfolds, and most of the time we are unaware that we are doing this.

We have created these habits over time to avoid facing the uncomfortable feelings that are a part of life.

When we pause and create spaciousness, the resistance begins to dissipate and our inner consciousness grows.

Each time we make space, trust grows.

The more we trust, the more we grow beyond our conditioning and habits and create more space.

With space, life flows freely.

Taking time to connect inwards will not save your life, but may save you from a life of struggle and discontent.

Namaste

Untangle the Nets

Let us all take some time, find our Middle Ground and check our nets today.

Untangle the Netstangled fishing nets
“The aim of spiritual practice, no matter its form, is to untangle the nets that living snares us in.
But though we can learn to untangle specific situations, even get good at it, life on earth is a never-ending weave of becoming tangled and working to get untangled.
fishing net

And deeper than any coping skills we might learn is our acceptance of the weave of tangle, which is closely tied to the rhythm of being whole-hearted and half-hearted.
Like dilating and constricting and inhaling and exhaling, this opening and closing of our heart is necessary to stay alive.

tangled netNone of these states— being tangled or untangled, being whole-hearted or half-hearted, being open or closed— is a place we can permanently stay.
When we are half hearted, we tangle the net. When we are whole-hearted, we untangle the net. But the weave of tangle never ends.”
 –Mark Nepo, Seven Thousand Ways to Listen

Wishing you a day of whole-heartedness in the highs and lows of life 🙂

* Stillness of Tao

 

stillness of tao

Seek the reality of emptiness and stillness,
The great constants of existence.
Though life abounds, its creations rise and fall.
Eventually all return, in their own way, to Tao.

To return to Tao is to embrace stillness,
The relentless way of nature.
The flow of nature does not change.
To see its constancy is to know the intricacies of the ordinary,
Revealing patterns of the grand.

To ignore this constant is to mistake the eternal for the mundane,
Bringing unharmonious selfish action and discord,
Pathologies to humanity.

Accepting the constant means opening the mind.
This leads to compassion and impartiality,
A respect for all that Tao provides and takes away,
And an understanding that all return to the ultimate reality of Tao.

Life is fleeting, Tao is constant.*

Lao Tzu

There are no words for me to add to this today. This says it all.

Namaste

*Braun Jr., John; Tzu, Lao; von Bargen, Julian; Warkentin, David (2012-12-02). Tao Te Ching (Kindle Locations 269-283). . Kindle Edition.

* Breathing to Let Go

letting go

Every inhale brings in new life, nourishment and energy.

Every exhale is a release and letting go.

Our breath reflects the ebb and flow of life itself.

This quote stood out for me today:

“Sometimes you don’t realize the weight of something you’ve been carrying until you feel the weight of its release.”

When you find yourself tense, overwhelmed or feel the weight of the world on your shoulders. Take a moment and connect with your breath.

Do you notice that there is a slight pause at the end on the inhale as you hold onto the air? This holding on creates more tension in our body and it feels so good to release some of it in this simple exercise:

Take a nice big inhale and then sigh on the exhale. Really focus on the noise you can make when you breath out! Make it loud and long. The biggest and best sigh in the world.

Next, If this feels good, bring your shoulders up to your ears on your inhale and then release them down your back on the exhale.

You may want to bring in some shoulder rolls now. Inhale raising your shoulder up and then exhale releasing forwards. (3 times) Then inhale raising them up and exhale releasing them backwards (3 times).

The weight of the world is being lifted off your shoulders. As you practice this can you feel the burden releasing?

Namaste