while in these times of crisis it is natural to feel fear, the challenge resides in not letting fear taking over our lives. There are many ways and practices that can help us find our centre, balance and inner peace while deepening our connection with self and others.
I am sharing with you a series of practices that have supported me during many difficult times. These practices are accessible to many and don't require any previous level of expertise. The practices per se are about 5 to 9 minutes long, and once you've learnt them you can customise them to suit your specific needs.
Please feel free to send me any questions or comments, and do not hesitate to contact me if you need any support with your practices.
Please find here a list of mix resources that you may find helpful
UNWIND, LET GO AND RESTORE
Movement, breathing, meditation practices I have put together to support you in difficult times
INTRO TO PRACTICES
A brief introduction on why practicing these technique will support you in finding balance, clarity, calm during these difficult times.
FEELING SUPPORTED: This practice is very beneficial for grounding, and for when we feel we have lost our support. It allows the body to experience a sense of support, while the gentle movement of the breath and body create a rhythm and calm the nervous system. It is best done quite at a slow pace and with eyes closed. The video starts with a brief introduction to the practice, and the practice itself is only about 6 minutes. Longer practices of 10 to 15 minutes will have stronger effects.
Please know that practising regularly "feeling supported" will improve your capacity of clarity and ability to deactivate from distressing emotions.
Enjoy my friend, and please let me know how you are going!
BREATHING BELLY is a practice that supports the nervous system through the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system, the one in charge of the "rest and digest" response. It acts upon the vagus nerve, calms the mind and brings a sense of clarity. It is especially useful when dealing with strong emotions.
The video starts with a brief introduction to the practice, and the practice itself is only about 8 minutes. You can feel deeper benefits after 20 or 30 minutes of practising breathing belly: the heart rate slows down, shoulders relax and thoughts are not so invasive. Enjoy my friends, please let me know any comments or questions about the practice.
QUIETING MIND AND BODY
QUIETING MIND AND BODY: Researchers have shown that regular meditation increases the level of functioning of the vagus nerve. Better functioning of the vagal system increases memory, improve self-regulation, enhance clear thinking, increase capacity to deal with life's stresses, and support a quicker recovery from emotions like anger and distress. With meditation, the hippocampus activity, in charge of memory and regulating agitation, is activated. Meditation is proved to have many other benefits that support calming the possible internal storm.
The video starts with a brief introduction to the practice, and the practice itself is only about 6 minutes. This aim to give you a taste of what it could be. Longer meditation can be found in my resource page at kahunatemple.com.
Enjoy my friends, please let me know any comments or questions about the practice.
SHAKE IT OUT
SHAKE IT OUT is a practice specifically designed (yet not only) for those who tend to freeze when a situation of stress arises (check my Intro video to understand more about the freeze response). This practice might help in getting rid of some anger, improve energy levels, and perhaps even shake off some of the troubles that bring heaviness to the mind. In ancient times people would dance and move their bodies when something terrible had happened or was about to happen. This supports the letting go of tensions and allowed feeling to be expressed.
The video starts with a brief introduction to the practice, and the practice itself is only about 7 minutes. Once you finish the practice take an extra moment in stillness to connect with your breath and notice how you are feeling. If you need, after the practice to lay down in relaxation for few minute, be very welcome to do so.