Day 2 of my 14 day mindfulness challenge – Labelling Emotions

Image courtesy of “Heart Drawing On The Sand" by arztsamui

Image courtesy of “Heart Drawing On The Sand” by arztsamui

This is Day 2 of my 14 day mindfulness challenge. Every day for the next 14 days I will do a mindfulness meditation.

Today the focus was on labelling EMOTIONS. I had a fitful sleep as I was obsessing about this work project I can’t seem to get a handle on. That send me in an anxiety spin so I spent the first hour this morning working on said project to calm my stress levels before I felt ready to do my meditation.

After connecting with my abdominal breathing, I focussed on my chest area noticing which emotions were present. It turned out that obsessing about my work is a defense against underlying feelings of self-loathing and worthlessness.

How PAINFUL!!!!

Nevertheless, I am grateful to be able to be with this issue and having the capacity for it to emerge.

What I am grateful for today:

  • Insights!
  • My “home brewed” Kombucha tea!
  • Doing my mindfulness meditation this morning!

THANK YOU!

Day 1 of my 14 day mindfulness challenge – Abdominal Breathing

MeditationWoman_myyogalivingThis is Day 1 of my 14 day mindfulness challenge.

Every day for the next 14 days I will do a mindfulness meditation.

Today the focus was on abdominal breathing. The breath is such a great indicator of where we are at. If we are stressed or anxious, chances are that our breath is up in our chest area, either shallow or rapid. Bringing the breath down into our belly has an instant calming effect on our system. Making us feel grounded and soothing our nervous system.

What I am grateful for today:

  • I slept OK!
  • Found some answers to questions I was pondering before going to sleep!
  • Doing my mindfulness meditation this morning!

THANK YOU!

 

 

Staying with WHAT IS – Day 31

It has been almost a week now and my neck is still hurting – Grrgh

 ! I feel CHALLANGEND by this!

I am starting to get very impatient. I want it to be better.

NOW!

I have been with it, I sat with it, I have massaged balm into my neck, I have consciously relaxed and released it.

I just realised how familiar that is, in fact I have written a very similar post just 2 days ago.

I guess there’s some learning here.

Another way of attending is to focus on my throat chakra (Vissuddha):

  • Where haven’t I spoken MY TRUTH?
  • Expressed MYSELF authentically?

One of the hardest lessons for me:

– PATIENCE –

Sometimes things just take a while. It is a process that happens in its own time. Especially if this is a pattern that has been around for DECADES, of course it can’t be resolved in a few days.

And again it is also about attending to the INNER CHILD! Soothing it, comforting it, instead of rushing it, wanting it to hurry up and get on with it.

THANK YOU for listening!

What I am grateful for today:

  • Waking up to sunshine!
  • My morning walk!
  • Brunch with my girlfriends!