Summary of Last Week - Being in Harmony with Your Authentic Self
Last week we explored....
- Recognizing the dis-ease -- as an indicator of dis-harmony with your authentic self.
- Being in harmony with our authentic self -- creates well -being.
- Working with desire and expectation -- will have a positive effect on the level of well-being in every aspect of your life.
- Making one new healthy choice a day -- creates an upward momentum of choice -making.
- Starting your day at night -- to rest, renew, restore, release, and refocus.
- Listening to the still, small voice -- you voice for well-being.
This week we are learning to stretch. Learning how to stretch is one of the great spiritual exercises that applies to all the domains that we work with in life Mastery. We stretch emotionally, mentally, physically, relationally, financially, and creatively. In every area of learning, how to live a little in the stretch is a beautiful way to learn how to grow, how to develop and how to become.
- Stretching Your Body
a. Hold out your arm in front of you. Really feel your fingers, spread them out. Feel the energy from your shoulder through your fingertips.
b. Flex your hand, point your fingers to the ceiling.
c. Athletes know that the best results come from stretching as the very first step.
2. Finding YOUR Stretch
a. Yoga means union - it is the union of our local self -- our body - and the divine.
b. One of the great lessons of yoga is that your stretch is YOUR stretch, it's not somebody else's stretch.
c. What is a stretch to you is exactly appropriate for the place where you are right now.
d. Consider this both as a practical experience and a metaphor.
e. The important thing is that you find your stretch.
3. Listening to Your Body
a. Find where your body is asking for attention, for correction, for alignment.
b. Write a letter or have a dialogue with a body part that is giving you discomfort. Give it voice.
** For example, if you have a little stress on your shoulder, you get out your paper and pen, and -- as crazy as it might sound -- you just say "Hello Mr. Shoulder, you have been talking to me and your message has mainly been pain. So what do I need to know?"
** It's amazing what you can get from your own unconscious if you give that body part a voice. It's a way to give your unconscious permission to let your conscious mind know what's going on beneath the surface.
c. Everything is metaphysical. Everything starts with a thought.
** Getting to the meta component can sometimes be difficult because once it's physicalized we tend to treat it at a physical level.
** You can treat a condition, but if you don't change the cause -- the thought beneath it -- it will repeat itself.
** What we want to do is get to the energy, the frequency, that is underneath the condition as it appears.
d. Don't Blame Yourself in the Dialogue
** Self-condemnation mutes your access to a higher power.
**When Jesus was with a person for whom there was an opportunity for healing, there was never any condemnation; nor did he agree with the condition as being permanent.
** The higher amplitude of healing power comes in the frequency of love, not condemnation.
Teaching point -- Entering into a dialogue with our body is a very, very powerful opportunity to get in touch with your body and it's messages. This is our temple and it is made of spirit. It is made of intelligence. It is programmed for perfection.
Enter Into a Dialogue with Your Body
What area is calling for attention? How can you nurture and listen to that part of your body this week?