self-nurture and self-love
You are worthy of your nurture and love.
Many of us are getting hit with wave after wave of trauma, loss, and hard experiences. It is no wonder that many are also experiencing anxiety, stress, and burnout.
We can support ourself is by connecting to our self in a nurturing way. Here are three exercises that can help us connect to our hearts and bodies.
1 Hands on heart
Place both hands on your heart. Take a deep breath and feel your heart energy. Ask your heart, “Honey, what do you need?” Breathe and listen. You may ‘hear’ something in your mind or heart, you may feel something in your body, you may have a memory or emotion. Simply notice. Whatever comes up, see what simple thing you can do to begin to do, right now, to give your heart what it needs.
Shaking is used in trauma releasing exercises, somatic breathwork, and qigong to allow the body to release.
Stand with your knees soft, body relaxed, and hands hanging at your side. Begin to gently shake your hands. Allow your body to bounce lightly while keeping your feet flat on the floor. Allow the bouncing to move through your body so that any part may gently shake or bounce. You may keep this light with smaller movements or you may begin to move around a bit with larger shaking and bouncing. Go with what how your body leads you for as long as it leads you whether it be 30 seconds or a couple of minutes. As your body leads, allow the shaking and bouncing to slow and for your body to come to rest. Take a deep breath and notice what you are feeling or sensing in your body.
Place one hand just below the belly button and the other at the heart level. These are the sites of two energy centers (dantiens) we use in in tai chi. The belly one is related to the energy of our physical body and the heart one is related to the energy of our emotions and hearts.
Breathe into the belly and allow this to fill until it reaches the heart and beyond. Exhale starting from the heart and then allow the belly to release. Repeat 3-5 times.
Allow the energy to settle and notice what you are feeling or sensing in your body.
Be loved. Be love.
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