What I Learnt this Week, Playing with the Big V… Vulnerability.

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When I accept what I am feeling and allow myself to surrender into being with my truth I gain access to vulnerability. Standing in my vulnerability, owning it and honouring it has given me an opportunity to take another step into my worthiness.

During his past week, when someone has asked me how I was, I found my self sharing how I actually felt, instead of replying with the standard and safe response of “I’m good thanks”. The courage to be vulnerable and actually speak my truth of “I’m feeling overwhelmed and a little bit lost at the moment” instantly opened the door to a deeper level of authentic connection with others.

When I spoke my truth I received responses of ‘I know how you feel’, ‘I have been in that place before’, ‘I too am in that place now’. Connections of common humanness were formed and the story (that I had created) that I was the only person feeling this way dissolved. The sense of being alone transformed into a sense of being deeply held and supported. It felt safe to personally give myself permission to ask for help.

The response I received warmed my spirit beyond measure. Phone calls, emails, text messages, acts of love and support; each saying ‘I am here for you, you are not alone, we are in this together’. The goodness of the human spirit shone through and I felt worthy of being part of it.

With deepest gratitude to those beautiful being who openly shared their truth with me, so that I could better understand my own.

My message for this coming week is…

You are not alone, allow yourself to sense the infinite support surrounding you… and (if needed) its okay to ask for help.

With Joy and Gratitude

Lisa

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Bringing More Rest & Relaxation into Your Busy Life Now!

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I am constantly blown away by the body and its ability to communicate with each of us. It takes information from the outside world and decides how to respond. It also sends infinite messages from the internal systems to signals what the body needs now.

 At the moment my body is sending me messages saying ‘Rest’. I thank my body for these valuable messages and then find ways to integrate more into my life. For me taking a week or two off and dedicating it to rest is not part of my reality right now. So instead I integrate Living Meditation into my life. It is a practice that allows me to sense the moments of ‘non-doing’ as opportunities for meditation (or rest). From my forearm being at rest when I write on a piece of paper, to emptying out my inner dialogue as I wait at a red traffic light, to the pause between my inhale and exhale.

By simply bringing my awareness to the parts of my life that are in a space of  ‘non-doing’ I am able to discover endless opportunities to bring more rest, relaxation and restoration into my body and life.

 How will you sense more rest in your body, mind, and spirit today? 

 With Joy Lisa

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Dance Your Inner Child

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If you are experiencing a lot of changes and feel like one minute you are flying high and the next you are an emotional mess, then you are not alone. However a great way to balance this out is to take a little wisdom from your inner child. Be with whatever comes up, dance the dance and remember to play a little. This vlog shares some great tips on how you can dance your inner child and connect to the creative, curious and playful source that dwells within you.
with Joy
Lisa

Farewell Mental Chaos, Hello Grounded Truth.

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This week I decided to step away from the video blog and return to the written word. I sense it is time for me to return to my body and the present moment, as I explore being in my mind, while also being grounded in my body. Last week my mental realm was in over drive with not the most productive thoughts, and it was making up stories left, right and centre. I wasn’t present, I felt a million miles away and my stories were starting to fill me with fear, anybody relating to this one?

So instead of staying there I am treating my amazing mind to a little bit of creative thinking and play, after all it clearly has something to say. I am giving myself permission to return to the written word, to a practice and activity that brings pleasure to my spirit and mobility to my fingers as they dance over the keypad. It is a practice, like Nia, that allows me to connect my body, mind and spirit.

As I type the words on the page I continue to check in with sensations in my whole body. I listen to the messages my spine is sending me, sometimes it says “oh I’m not comfortable anymore, please move me” and so consciously I choose to move my spine. Other times it says, “arhhh it feels so nice to rest in a state of non- doing”, in these moments I enjoy the ease and stillness of my body at rest.

Meanwhile my mental realm is getting the release it so desperately desires. It is sending messages of sensation from my physical body to my brain. It processes the signals of the present moment and turns them into information; information that I am able to choose to respond to or not. It also gets to enjoy multitasking (which it oh so loves), as it taps into the knowledge and creativity of writing. It knows how to spell words, it can string a sentence together, it tells my fingers which keys to tap and when. It also delights in the freedom of creating, it gets to create thoughts, link past ideas, and then choose which ones it decides to share with the page. All of this while my mind is also listening to music and the sounds of the world around me…. pretty darn impressive if you ask me.

My spirit also gets to dance and express in this process. It soaks in the freedom to be unique, the opportunity to create something new, something that has never been shared before. Yes, sure this concept of writing and holistic connection is nothing new. But to my spirit it is new, for it is the first time I have written these words and experienced the gifts of this very moment.

And it is right NOW, that I experience my very own ‘ahh-ha’ moment of ‘This is exactly what a Nia class does for me’; both when I take a class as a student and when I share a class as a teacher. My body gets to connect with sensations of pleasure and ease, my mind gets to use knowledge, release and be creative, and my spirit gets to uniquely express itself through the language of movement. I feel alive, I feel nurtured, I feel connected, and I feel at home in the world and my body.

 

This week I invite you to explore the things that make you feel ALIVE. The activities that bring you ease and pleasure, and the actions that connect your body mind and spirit. Embrace the moments of mobility and the moments of non-doing. Celebrate letting your mind and spirit creatively play while staying grounded and present in your sacred body.

Here’s a few ideas to get you started

  •  Go for a barefoot walk. Notice how you sense your body, observe your thoughts and mind, and see how your spirit can play with a simple walk… let it be creative and unique.
  • Observe another while out doing the shopping (without stalking), and look at how their body moves, how their thoughts and mind are enabling them, and how their spirit shines through.
  • Get to a local Nia class and do your own exploration of body-mind-spirit… you are the sensation scientist.
  • Pause for a moment in your day, and check in with all realms, what does your body sense, where is your mind, and are you in alignment with your true spirit.

Blessings for the week

With Joy

Lisa

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Sensing and Releasing Your Wings

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This week we create a connection between our hands and our shoulder blades. we look at how to release tension and stress stored in your body, and increase your range of movement. Learn quick exercises for activating movement in your shoulder blades and removing tension from you life. And discover the how this connects to your day to day life and interactions.

Embracing the Intensity Levels of Change

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Last week I explored ‘Embracing Change’. This week I take this deeper by looking at the different intensity levels that change can occur in our body and our life. Level 1, 2 & 3. This has offered me new ways of embracing all change… big or small. I would love to hear what you receive…
with Joy
Lisa

Embracing Change

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So the last few weeks have brought with them a wave of change for me. Many others have also shared of big shifts that are happening in their lives. Thus a focus of Embracing change.
Yes, of course you can run from it, hide, yell loudly in the face of change… or you can choose to embrace it! The choice is always yours to make… so what’s it going to be?