I love people and I love my family, but I’ve got to tell you, I’m know to be bah-humbug about the holiday season. Sure, the concept of reaching out to each other and celebrating is so sweet and I’m all for it, but I struggle with small talk and really struggle with standing around in uncomfortable footwear!
Inspiration From Ellen
Using the term Holy Silence instead of “meditation” has helped me look at meditation from a more spiritual angle, and that has made a difference. I’m meditating more often, for longer periods of time and doing it more willingly. It has helped me manage my anxiety and stress and has helped me be better focused.
Being grounded means that you're connected to the earth beneath you, and present in your body. This allows you to feel centered and balanced no matter what's going on, be it stressful or blissful. The spiritual teacher, Ram Das, summed it up perfectly with his catch phrase, “Be here now”. Yet look around - nobody is here now. Everyone is out of body and outta here.
Go outside. Breathe fresh air. Walk barefoot. Swim in the ocean. Watch the sunset. Pick berries. Play with your dog...connecting with nature is good for your soul and your nervous system. I say, the more natural, the better. The healthiest, most vibrant people I know are naturalist.
People of all ages attend my classes and that’s the way it’s been for years - mothers with daughters, college kids on summer break, retirees with time (finally) and everyone in-between. I’ve noticed that some people can be quite low energy and lethargic, while others are very vibrant and filled with life.
What is poise? The dictionary says it’s a “graceful and elegant bearing in a person” or “a dignified, self-confident manner of being”. I’m always drawn to people with poise and I really love that it defies age, gender, body type and more. Poise is so subtle, yet it’s what makes someone truly attractive.