30 Days of Mindfulness - Day 17 ' Tactile Exercise'
Pinch your arm lightly and pay close attention to how it feels and what your emotions start to do. Pay attention to the pain it causes, and how it radiates out from the point where you pinched yourself and then how it flows through your body.
This exercise can really tune you in to how your body deals with discomfort and what emotions arise. Do you get angry, annoyed or frustrated when you feel pain?
Do this exercise several times until you appreciate and understand how it feels and how your body and mind deal with it.
// Excerpts from my book of travel.
Over the last month, I have travelled across the English countryside, visited Shakespeare's birthplace, unraveled hidden vaults in the City of London, walked the hallways treaded upon by Newton, Hawking, Turring and other such masterminds from the Trinity of Cambridge, flown across the Atlantic to the city of dreams that is New York, and toured the magnanimous Capitol in Washington.
It has been a beautiful journey, experiencing an array of diverse, enriching and didactic experiences, worlds apart.
Whilst sipping coffee tucked away in café one afternoon, I happened upon a sign that read - Be Present.
That, has been my motto for this trip, and all my travels that will follow.
Being present in the moment, and sharing the experience only after I've lived it in entirety. This explains my slow unraveling of stories from the trip, one photograph at a time, a month after I have lived and left it behind.
It is beautiful revisiting these moments, in photographs and memories, and sharing them with you, reliving the magic once again, after Being Present.
I wrote this as just a little reminder for myself: Sonja, be present, live the now. .
To be honest this is something I struggle with. Sometimes my mind gets so busy with worry, stressing about the next move, the right answer, the best plan of action. There is a cloak of worries that comes along with each of the roles we play. We all want to do the "best", to be the best in each of the titles we hold. I know what is most important to me. I want to be a good Mommy, but... I also a good wife, a talented artist, a savvy business woman, an excellent cook, a loyal friend, a smart student, a giving member of my community, teacher, sister, daughter.... the list goes on and on. It gets in the way. .
Sometimes it's like I'm physically there, but in my head there is a massive battle going on. My fears and doubts are waging wars against my hopes and dreams, whilst my inner security council is busy drawing out extensive plans for our future and making a million back up plans for things that may go wrong.... because things WILL go wrong.
Sometimes I just have to STOP.... breathe... and remember to have have faith, enjoy the ride, look around and remember that this life is an adventure ... and just be brave enough to live the now.
I read this quote the other day.. it is one of my favorites from my absolute favorite poet, Rainer Maria Rilke. In his 1903
"Letters to a Young Poet" he wrote... .
I would like to beg you dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer." So I just thought I would share this with you. If you are struggling with this too it's okay. We all do. But take this as YOUR reminder to stop and breathe. Wherever you are, be all there. Live the questions now. #BePresent#LiveTheQuestions
Two things: 1. The orange gates and hike to the top of Fushimi Inari are both impressive 2. The hoards of tourists are not (swipe right.) That first shot? We all waited and waited, in a smashed group of people, all with phones out, missing the serenity of the forest for literally the trees. I love popular travel and understand the desire to see the sights. It's what I'm doing on my first trip to Japan. What I hate is this inability to put our stupid smartphones away (guilty as charged!) and just be present.
Dear friends, Dr. Seuss reminds us of the essential importance of "here and now".
In this sentence, it is emphasized the importance of enjoying the moment as long as it is, completely centered on what is being experienced, felt, lived; all that goes out of that moment and is perceived emotionally is distraction, illusion, not reality, useless to the mind.
Always present dear friends, just so we can enjoy ALL of the things, only so we can really see what's around us.
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Today's PSA is brought to you by recent health issues plaguing my family. We found out today my father's stomach & esophagus have been overrun with ulcers. Besides enormous amounts of coffee & a vice for cigarettes (typical Sicilian issues), my father eats very healthy. The main culprit: stress & keeping everything inside. Another family member is suffering from cerebral palsy in her face brought on by sinus infections & extreme stress. I've studied, meditated, and know myself well enough, to know that my sprang ankle isn't just that. It was my mind, body, and universe's way of collaborating to tell me that I can't move forward with a certain someone, who I'd recently let tip toe back into my life; because they are my poison. The universe literally stopped my in my tracks, no trip, no fall, just a snap of an ankle to make sure that this time, I learn my lesson (amongst other lessons...there's a few.) What's the point of all this? Point is, that taking care of our minds, is just as important as taking care of our bodies. Everything is connected, disease is literally DIS-EASE. Thoughts effect every cell in our body & over time if we hold onto that stress & negativity, those thoughts slowly effect us at the cellular level. Even when you are aware, it's an everyday battle to overcome, and it can be easy to slide backwards. So my new goal is to get my family to open up, myself included, and shift the collective mindset through meditation, physical activity (to get those good endorphins flowing and help release that stress), healthy lifestyle choices, and communication. We could all use a few good sweat-it-out-sessions and definitely a lot more "I Love You's" & "You got this." ✨💗✨
Existen infidelidades de conversaciones y whatsapp, las de 4 besos furtivos, las de una noche de pasión, las de una historia paralela...Existen tantas infidelidades como formas de sentirse traicionado. Y aunque todos decimos que jamás de los jamases perdonaríamos algo así, la vida a veces tiene esa ironía de colocarnos frente a la decisión de "trato de perdonar o rompo". Y no queda más remedio que apagar las voces del exterior, silenciar las presiones de nuestros prejuicios y la sociedad, para tomar una determinación sincera y no presionada.
¿Qué pensáis vosotros?
En la imagen Beyonce tratando de sacar la ira a golpe de bate de baseball.
En una pequeña aldea de China vivía el señor Wei. Un día su ganado se escapó y huyó hacia la montaña. Al enterarse, la gente de su aldea fue a ver al señor Wei y le dijeron: "¡Qué mala suerte...!" A lo que el contestó: "Puede que sí, pero puede que no". Cuando llegó el invierno el ganado bajó de la montaña hacía el pueblo. Había incrementado mucho puesto que habían criado durante el verano. Los vecinos fueron a felicitar al señor Wei: ¡Que suerte señor Wei, ahora será rico! A lo que el volvió a responder; "puede que sí, pero también puede que no". Un tiempo más tarde el hijo del señor Wei se cayó del caballo mientras trabajaba en sus tierras. Al enterarse la gente de la aldea fue a verle: ¡que mala suerte, señor Wei! A lo que el contestó: puede que sí, pero puede que no.
Cuando llegó el invierno la guerra mandó llamar a todos los hombres jóvenes de China, el hijo del señor Wei, al estar aún en cama no pudo enrolarse. La gente de la aldea le dijo: ¡qué suerte señor Wei!. A lo que el volvió a contestar: puede que sí, puede que no.
Podría seguir hasta el absurdo, pero creo que esta antigua leyenda china lo deja claro:
1) la vida no es ni buena ni mala, es. A veces no vemos la oportunidad o la parte positiva de las situaciones. Y otras, las cosas que en un principio parecen buenas no lo son tanto a la larga.
2) la gente de la aldea era muy dada a ir a decirle al señor Wei lo agraciado o desgraciado que era. Ay la gente... si callaramos más lo de los demás... que bien nos iría. ¡Buenísimos días y millones de abrazos!
It takes years to dismantle the layers that have kept us locked in chains of fear, self-sabotage, doubt, and trauma but when we peel those layers back, we reach the core of our being, our center, and hold true to ourselves in the midst of challenge and obstacles. When we reside in this space, we reside in our freedom.
How many times have I heard myself saying "it's all part of life's rich tapestry" without really thinking about it, but take a moment.....that idea is huge!
Our lives are spent creating something beautiful with every intricate detail playing a part. Painful times are there alongside the happy ones, all acknowledged and celebrated as part of an amazing pattern of colour that is exclusively and wonderfully you!
"In real life happy endings are a rarity. For the most part, endings are ordinary, and other times, they are so sudden and unexpected they can hardly be considered endings at all. Some of the things you love the most will disappear without a trace and you'll never really know where they went off to. You won't always have the answers. You won't always find closure or receive compensation for the hurt. Sometimes, you've just got to take a breath, make peace with yourself, and do your best to move forward" - Beau Taplin, Happy Endings. I find so much comfort in reading his beautiful and powerful writings, it's like he's in my head sometimes.. I often like to intuitively let the book flick open and see where it takes me, on Sunday after a big weekend of thinking so much about Dan this is where I landed x
Open your chest and manifest from the heart! 💚 Back bends were never easy for me, I spent years having a hard time and a lot of pain. One day I decided to practice them more, however, instead of focusing on the bad feelings, I gave more energy to the little progress I saw each day and the fun I experience on every practice. It's not perfect and I still have a lot of work to do but my back is now a lot more bendy and painless than ever and I'm loooving it!! 🙏🏼😍 Fall in love with the process, that's where the magic happens! Thanks @miller_moves for an awesome day and shot!! 😘🌺