“We who have lost our sense and our senses – our touch, our smell, our vision of who we are, we who frantically force and press all things, without rest for body or spirit, hurting our earth and injuring ourselves: we call a halt.
We want to rest. We need to rest and allow the earth to rest. We need to reflect and to rediscover the mystery that lives in us that is the ground of every unique expression of life, the source of the fascination that calls all things to communion. We declare a sabbath, a space for quiet: for simply being and letting be; for recovering the great, forgotten truths; for learning to live again.”
-United Nations Environmental Sabbath Program
Sat Naam and Namaste, welcome to Day 10 of Amber’s Yoga Support Challenge.
I was reflecting on that title this morning, and I think of this project rather as a 30 day yoga support during a challenging time, as a little daily check in infused with self care practices. It is my intention as well that if any of the practices resonate for you, that you will revisit the video and practice as often as it would be supportive for you.
Today we’ll be sharing in a quiet reflective mindfulness based meditation. We are inundated with so much stimulation in our present day world and as a culture often push past our limits regardless of how we feel, this is a time to reflect.
Our bodies start to break down, and we can suffer from mental and physical illness if we don’t give ourselves permission to integrate and process all the stimulation of our moment to moment life events. The use of breathing exercises, meditation, prayer, visualization, positive affirmations and sensory awareness practices can help to create a safe space for integration and an internal invitation for healing so we can stay strong and vital.
Last spring I took an online 12 week breast health intensive with Dr. Sat Dharam Kaur and she reminds us that we ideally need to take a break every 2 1/2 hours to offset the external stimuli, integrate our life experiences, and keep our reserves full so we can keep going. When we lose sight of our self care, we fall apart. In our society we often neglect our body and minds need for this 20 minute or so break, we often replace this potential window for self care with another coffee, TV, sugar, emails, work, alcohol, recreational drugs rather than taking a break with nourishing activities that are needed to fill us back up; such as a nap, a cup of herbal tea, a walk, journaling, breath work, gentle movement, meditation or any other activities that will nourish rather than deplete you.
I hope you enjoy today’s practice, and give yourself this window to reset.
To view the practice click here
Thank you for carving out this time just for you,
With so much love, until tomorrow