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Gurubody Invitation #6 Roots

A series of 30 Invitations to listen to your Gurubody.

 

I see myself sending Roots down into the earth … what do they look like?

 

Are they taproots, one from each foot?  Or fine filaments to connect me to the ground? Or are they something in between?

Or if I’m sitting do they come from my sitz-bones? And what happens to them, where do they spring from, if I’m lying down?

How do they look right now, these Roots?

 

If I let my exhale extend down them into the earth, how far do they reach and what’s there for them to come across along the way… ?

 

And then if I bring my attention into my body while connected through my Roots what effects ripple through me… ? How do my Roots impact on the rest of my physical self?

 

I’d love to hear what you discover from your own Gurubody.  If you’d like to,  please let us know what you find in the comments and if you’ve got any questions ask away and I’ll get back to you as soon as I’m able!

 

 

Gurubody Invitation #5 Softness

A series of 30 Invitations to listen to your Gurubody.

 

Where can I feel Softness in my body right now?

 

And what does my body need to let that Softness amplify and increase ….  How can breath and gravity become my allies as I explore for greater softness?

Is there a difference between the front and the back of my body?  Right now, the front has more areas of Softness …. what happens when I ask how those areas can communicate with the least soft parts of me?

I feel a belly softness which is asking the back of my head and neck to drop into the support available if I stop holding it up unnecessarily.  A power-nap is called for!  I need to lay this body down, right now, and come back to what I’ve been doing restored and with greater Softness.

No wait …  as I allow the different parts of my body to communicate, the Softness in my belly informs the back of my head… the blood to my brain increases, more breath reaches up through my neck into my head…  and a new alertness spreads through both body and mental processes.

Another everyday miracle!

 

I’d love to hear what you discover from your own Gurubody.  If you’d like to,  please let us know what you find in the comments and if you’ve got any questions ask away and I’ll get back to you as soon as I’m able!

 

Gurubody Invitation #4 Gravity

A series of 30 Invitations to listen to your Gurubody.

 

Can I get into Gravity as a gift of support from the Earth …  what might that mean, how could it feel?

 

If I relax into easy breathing and feel everything that is being gently pulled downward by the presence of Gravity, what do I notice?

Are there places in my body where I’m holding tissue (tissue which makes up muscle, bone, connective, organ and so on..) out of Gravity unnecessarily…  where if I let myself exhale all the way to the end of the breath I could let go just a tiny bit more?

And then what effects do I notice there and elsewhere in my body?

Where else is Gravity inviting me to let go into it’s support a little more… ?

 

I’d love to hear what you discover from your own Gurubody.  If you’d like to,  please let us know what you find in the comments and if you’ve got any questions ask away and I’ll get back to you as soon as I’m able!

 

 

Gurubody Invitation #3 Appreciation

A series of 30 Invitations to listen to your Gurubody.

 

As I sit here today, what ripples out through my body when I take some time to feel Appreciation for every aspect of it?

 

Are the first sensations of ease or discomfort, and what effect does it have when I fully Appreciate their presence?

Right now there’s a tension in my right eye and forehead…   and when I just Appreciate the fact that it’s here it opens into a general tension through my jaw and the back of my skull…  today’s version of a familiar friend.  Laptop posture – ugh!

But with the superpower of Appreciation, I pick up the information it’s relaying and adjust my posture, let my breath move me a little more and ease slips back into the forefront.

And now where else is calling for Appreciation?

What gets to unfold and expand if I Appreciate it some…..   ?

 

I’d love to hear what you discover from your own Gurubody.  If you’d like to,  please let us know what you find in the comments and if you’ve got any questions ask away and I’ll get back to you as soon as I’m able!

 

Gurubody Invitation #2 Attention

A series of 30 Invitations to listen to your Gurubody.

How does the quality of my Attention affect what’s happening in my body?

 

I’m letting my awareness settle in a particular part of my body (today it’s my neck, at the base, on the right where I’m aware of a slight tightness and lack of flow) ….  Can I let that Attention soften and it’s focus broaden in the way that a whole stage might be fully lit up, rather than a spotlight on just one part?

How does that affect the sensation in my neck?

Is it possible to let my Attention include the flow of my exhale through this area…   and what happens if it does?

And then from there, when I’m ready, how does including the entirety of my body in my Attention affect the sensory information I’m aware of in my neck?

 

I’d love to hear what you discover from your own Gurubody.  If you’d like to,  please let us know what you find in the comments and if you’ve got any questions ask away and I’ll get back to you as soon as I’m able!

Gurubody Invitation #1 Exhale

A series of 30 Invitations to listen to your Gurubody.

What happens when I allow my Exhale to lengthen, fully, easily, until it reaches it’s own natural turning point?

 

It’s followed effortlessly by the next inhale.. and when I allow the next Exhale to be as simple as a leaf falling from a tree, at the perfect moment, with no holding, no forcing…  ?

I get to watch how my body responds to this…  to the effortless passage of breath through its tissue.

Where does the breath flow?

Where does it catch?

What new thing can I learn about my Gurubody right now by gently elongating my Exhale ….  ?

 

I’d love to hear what you discover from your own Gurubody.  If you’d like to,  please let us know what you find in the comments and if you’ve got any questions ask away and I’ll get back to you as soon as I’m able!

The Inefficiency of Effort

When things flow, it’s effortless.

When I’m at my most efficient, it’s effortless.

Effort is unnecessary expenditure of energy and, simply put, just isn’t efficient.

 

How cool is that?!

 

An epiphany on effortlessness came to me yesterday on my yoga mat. I realised how much I still effort when looking to release tightness… how much I’ll try and stretch specifically into that tightness, contrary to all I’ve learned and experienced to show me how inefficient that is.

So today I breathed loosely and easily, I allowed the bone, muscle and connective yumminess around my shoulder blades to sink into the gentle pull of gravity toward the floor…  and low and behold…   a small sensation of unfurling wing occurred.  The shoulder blades themselves discovered what felt like football pitches worth of space to flutter around in.   My waist  clocked the enormous eons of space between itself and my shoulders, and luxuriated in some undulation of its own.

And when I stepped off the mat and into the rest of my day, every movement of body, mind and soul was lighter, easier, effortless and as a bonus, more efficient 😉

The Art of Embodiment Sessions

Exploring within ourselves is as infinite a journey as heading into outer space…

 

How would it feel to take a full and easy breath, and begin to let that statement settle into your tissue?

 

I’m talking about exploring into our felt experience of our own bodies. Not our conceptual selves, but our literal, physical, breathing, pulsing, feeling bodies.

The cells and the tissue.

Using our breath, inclusive awareness and the sensory information our bodies are constantly informing us with.

The Art of Embodiment Sessions are a 101 on how to begin listening to our own bodies again. Some simple tools to make effortless the art of embodying ourselves.

They’re a first step on another infinite journey best experienced without expectations and with generous amounts of curiosity.

 

Here’s what a couple of soul sister’s have to say about their experiences :

 

“It was so useful spending dedicated time with my body. Scheduling it in. It felt like I was giving myself a gift. My body so often gets the raw deal when it comes to time.” Julie Gibbons, the Soulful Self Discovery Guide at http://www.juliegibbons.com

 

“I was surprised, finding that I can release pain and tension in my body by just having the patience and willingness to take my breath and awareness there and let them do their job.” Alma Sipila, songwriter, Finland.

 

If exploring your own body’s wisdom sounds like something you’d like to try, I offer short 30 minute Taster Sessions which make it easy to dip your toes in the water before choosing whether to dive in to the full flow of your own glorious embodiment unfolding.

Feeling what we’re avoiding – and Heart wisdom

This is what I’ve been up to of late :

Feeling what we’re avoiding by Oriah (Mountain Dreamer of The Invitation fame)

And when I felt into it, over a couple of days, this is what I came up with :

They say, no mud, no lotus.

Till now my life has been the mud, and my heart the lotus.  That’s turning around now, and my heart is providing the mud for my life to grow like a lotus.

This is what the 5th sun of the maya is about, the new pachakuti, the rise of the sacred feminine, where our bodies are our best teachers and gurus (beyond gender).

I’m listening to the flutterings of my physical heart learning to beat a new rhythm and literally speak my wisdom to me, so that my life can blossom and join in telling the story of the universe back to itself.

 

Gravity’s invitation

The effort or effortlessness involved in existing-in and moving our bodies in their relationship with gravity dictates how efficiently and easefully we’ll live our lives.

Literally.

Gravity exists as an invitation to surrender, cell by cell, every moment that we’re alive.

And it’s a dancing thing, not a constant, as I knew in my body and discovered in this TED talk last night.

One of the scared voices that would have me doubt the value of surrendering to gravity, as I did so much more easily as a toddler, is the one that says surrender would turn me into a spineless heap collapsed on the ground.

But I can exhale and breathe deeply again as I realise that gravity fluctuates, from day to day and place to place, and my surrender is a dance which will take me from prone to soaring, exploring every increment of the dance along the way.