And it's in that window, that space, where our higher reasoning can step in and make the best decision for us. It helps take us out of emotional reactivity and step more into emotional responsivity. We can then use our emotions as indicators of what we need to do to take care of ourselves rather than things that launch us into regrettable exchanges.
The guided meditations I've been offering as of late are intended to really ground us in our bodies in the present moment. This can be an loving antidote to rising tensions and lost connection with the inherent wisdom in our body.
Here's a link to a recent Mindful Monday Meditation that takes place live on Mondays at 10:30 AM on Facebook each week. Feel free to use this and others you find on the Mindful and Intentional Living Facebook page as a place of refuge, particularly when you find yourself starting to ramp up in agitation, anxiety or depression. It could be helpful to begin and end your day with a grounding meditation. It can also be helpful to make meaningful connection with nature on a daily basis, if not more so.
I also recommend to set loving boundaries around the information you take in on a daily basis. The fact that we can have information from all around the world beamed to us at any time of the day means that we have to monitor ourselves closely for information overload. Both time and space are compressed today and we are receiving information at a never-before seen pace that can create disruption and imbalance in our systems and if we don't take breaks, our heart-mind-body won't have the time it needs to re-balance and regulate itself back into health.
Personally, I trust that if there is an immediate emergency that I need to tend to, I will receive notice from a Nixle or similar alert. So I make sure I postpone looking at email, the news, texts and other outside information streams until AFTER I've completed my morning routine that includes exercise, meditation, bathing and eating. Usually, I will postpone listening to the news until in the afternoon AFTER I've completed the important tasks of my day. I do this because I know with my open heart, concern and desire to help make things better, I can get derailed, scattered and anxious. I become very ineffective at what I can offer if I'm operating from a place of survival and defensiveness.
Finally, in response to those wishing to take part in the offerings, but not wishing to do so in a public setting, all of my offerings will now have an online option through Zoom, the video conferencing platform.
I am launching new free workshops and introductory courses and want to make it as easy as possible for everyone who wants to join in to have the possibility to do so. Social distancing need not mean social isolation in this day and age of technology. And, as I started this post out with, we are all interdependent on each other. Additionally, as mammals, we are social beings whose health depends on human interaction. We must stay connected--to ourselves and each other.
Wishing you much health, connection and inner peace in the coming weeks.
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