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Grounding Exercise – Try This At Home!!

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Yesterday I had the opportunity to once again practice this grounding exercise with a group of young people and was pleased that they all seemed to enjoy it.  Thanks to Emma, Patrick, Kasha, Cassandra, Bethany, Samantha, Meg & Steve for playing along, and to Lana, Cathy & Lesley for joining in too!  I guess because it took me many months of regular practice to break through the barriers of my “imagination” back when I started this in the late 80’s, I’m always surprised at how naturally it comes to almost everyone.  I’ve decided to post it here & I hope to receive some feedback on the ways people use it. 

To begin, sit comfortably, ideally with your back straight & your hands & legs uncrossed.  This allows your energy to flow more easily.   (more…)

and Breathe…..

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Well, it’s been quite a ride these past few months, hasn’t it?  Now spring is arriving & the light is returning, and the New Moon encourages us to let go & begin building again.  Central to our ability to stay calm & focused through all of this is the simplicity of Breath.

I invite you to sit quietly & be aware of your breathing for a few moments.  Most of us will find that we place a pause between our out-breath & in-breath.  Some of these pauses are longer than others, depending on our current circumstances & stress levels!  This is a learned behaviour that can keep us in a constant state of low-level fear – the body interprets the lack of breath as death.

Take a few minutes to practice breathing without pauses – Michael Brown in his book The Presence Process suggests thinking of it like a fountain, with our in-breath pushing the water up & the exhalation being the natural falling of the water.  Create a loop, so that your breath does not end.  Watch pets or young children for examples of how this is done. 

As always with techniques that help us remember that we are Spirit in a physical vehicle, learning to consciously connect our breath is simple but not always easy.  The benefits of more energy & less stress make it worth the effort.  Good luck!