In today’s society there is a liquor store, dry cleaners, and nail salon on just about every corner. Everyone is constantly in a hurry. Everyone wanted “it” yesterday. “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” Like the lady said. But in fact, that’s the very thing we need. Time. More time! But also more relaxation.
Every day in my private practice I hear people tell me they
don’t have time for self-care and relaxation. Sometimes I hear that response even
after I tell them I am only asking for 15 minutes a day! Break it up into 5 in
the morning, 5 in the afternoon, and 5 in the evening. Surely, you have that
kind of time to do something nice for yourself that encourages healing and
Two years ago I was diagnosed with a heart issue. I couldn’t
believe it! I was just 44 years old at the time. What? High blood pressure and
a leaky valve! You can imagine the shock that set in my body. That diagnosis
totally changed my line of thinking. That very moment made me rethink my line of
work and my self-care. What was I doing to relax and how could I do more? Not
to mention, how am I modeling self-care for my clients?
Since that time, I have made yoga a main priority for
myself. Every morning for 30 minutes I practice yoga in my house or my back
yard if the weather is nice. It brings my mind into focus and sets the tone for
my day. Yoga is my self-care. If I don’t practice yoga every day, I feel “off”.
Yoga is more than the poses, or Asanas, that everyone thinks
it is. It’s about living in your body and breathing. It’s about bringing more
awareness into my body and making my body, mind and soul unite as one. It’s
also about slowing things down essentially. Without it I wouldn’t be able to
complete tasks and concentrate, slow down, breathe and unwind.
Watch a sunset, read a book, take a walk, or listen to
music. Make it your time to do whatever it is that’s healthy and brings you
joy. Take just 15 minutes for yourself.
You deserve it!
I have the honor of introducing a dear friend and colleague who will be posting, Brandi Gibson.
Brandi and I met as students at the same Yoga studio. We have come to know each other very well, and are working toward an exciting collaboration (Stay Tuned!). Brandi specializes in marria and Family counseling, as well as addiction treatment.
Brandi’s first post can be found here. Please keep stopping by to read how Brandi combines her expertise as a Master’s level Counselor, Yoga Instructor as well as Reiki practioner. I’m so looking foward to her insight on these topics. Having personally been a Yoga Student of hers, I am honored for her presence here.
Yoga in Sanskrit means “union” of the mind, body and spirit.
So it makes sense that I myself being a
licensed mental health counselor, also practice yoga. With my yoga practice I
feel I am joining my mind, body and soul to becoming a whole and complete
being. I feel there is so much more to healing than talk therapy although it is
useful. The body stores energy whether positive or negative and stress, a form
of energy, can be held in the body causing pain and illnesses.
I was probably first introduced to yoga as a small child as
I watched my mother stretching down in the floor in front of the TV in the
evenings after supper. As a child I was full of energy and probably was difficult
to keep still. My mother could tell you stories about me dancing in the pews at
church. Dance became my first love. I found I could escape any negative thought
or feelings through dance and release excess energy. I also felt whole and
complete when I danced, as if nothing could tear me down. It became a source of
resilience for me.
Then once I became older and a dance injury kept me out of
dance, I began to try other things. I found yoga again after my divorce. On Tuesday
nights I would take my very young son to spend time with his dad while I would
attend a very crowded yoga class. I immediately reconnected my mind with my
body and spirit again. If you have ever been through a divorce you understand
how emotionally draining it can be and how overwhelmed with feelings you can
become. Yoga gave me a peace of mind through not only the poses, called Asanas,
but also through the breath, or Pranayama.
Three years ago I decided to become a certified yoga
Instructor with the intentions of combining it with my private practice
therapy. Today in my private practice, I teach my clients how to breathe and
reclaim their Yoga which we are all born with, but must find.
Envision a Joyous Earth and send Reiki to the future
Today’s Inspiration from the June Reiki Rays calendar is to send Reiki to the future. Reiki practitioners know how to use distance Reiki to the future. If you are not a Reiki practitioner simply send thoughts of love to our planet.
June 12th is the next World Peace Meditation Day. Please follow the link to participate. Having done the meditation myself it feels wonderful.
I received a recent article summarizing information we already know, which is we should all eat breakfast. The authors propose that “breaking the fast” helps prevent the body from going into a stress state. I often advise patients that even if you are busy, a smoothie or yogurt will get soemthing into your body.
Today’s inspiration is to use the new moon to invite joy into your life. Lunar calendars help us stay in rhythm with nature, and a new moon is a good time to clean out anything we don’t need. I personally plan to spend several houra cleaning out my in box at work. Have a happy Monday!
Please share, and hopefully we’ll all feel the joy the June.
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