Monthly Archives: June 2017

Let Go…

Making room for new ways of doing life…. …in such vulnerable moments, I remind myself that the courage to Let Go of the outdated ones has already been attained! So, a bit more space (room) is all that is needed to help me develop the new skill. The breath can help me with this.

Making room for new ways of doing life….
…in such vulnerable moments, I remind myself that the courage to Let Go of the outdated ones has already been accomplished!
A reason to “Pause” is all that is needed now to help me develop the new skill.   So, I call on the breath to give me a hand.

Just Chill!
As simple as “just chilling” may sound, it may not be so easy to do!
Especially if, letting go* of control is not your strength.  If this is you, keep reading…

Mountain biking, having the magic of stretching my lips from cheek to cheek, is my sport.
Easy access to the woods, leading to more frequent play time these days, inspired me to sign up for an official lesson. 🚵‍♀️
The first thing I learned at my foundations class?
Index fingers hovering over both breaks, at all times!
Although I started riding two decades ago, this for me was a timely instruction, as it was only last week that my rear break snapped off – a little mishap which would have been HUGE if I were not wearing my helmet.  From that three hour lesson another handful of more optimal ways of riding emerged.
One by one, via practice, these new ways will claim their places.
Meanwhile, the outdated ones will fall away, one by one!

To rearrange habits while engaged in one’s favorite sport is a thrilling challenge.
Yet, what’s the appeal to do this when going about a typical, often stressful, ordinary day???

Having had the opportunity to be engaged in mindfulness practices more consistently these past three months, has helped me more easily catch the following subtle (yet, utterly outdated) impulse:
Entertaining assumptions as if they were truths,
especially when in unfamiliar or uncomfortable territory.

Choosing to be mindful as I go about my day, may not feel as thrilling of a challenge as riding in the wilderness;  Yet, it’s rewards do seem to have a more long lasting effect!

Things like gratitude, creativity or compassion seem far from reach when I’m occupied with”assumptions". When I catch this limitation, to simply attempt shift my attention to the more uplifting states of being, can stir up yet another limitation: self judgement/criticism. Hmmm…. All the while, fortunately, there is also the B R E A T H, completely within reach!!!  Via an in-breath, I notice where in the body I’m holding on to tension. Via an out-breath, I CHOOSE to release that tension. One breath at a time, assumptions “let go” and space is once again made available to EMBRACE things like creativity, compassion & GRATITUDE.

Things like gratitude, creativity or compassion seem far from reach; when I’m distracted by my “assumptions”.  When I catch this, to simply attempt shift my attention to the more uplifting states of being can stir up yet another limitation: self judgement/criticism. Hmmm….   All the while, fortunately, there is also the B R E A T H, completely within reach!!!  Via an in-breath, I notice where in the body I’m holding on to tension. Via an out-breath, I CHOOSE to release that tension. One breath at a time, assumptions “let go” and space is once again made available to EMBRACE things like creativity, compassion & GRATITUDE.

Although a completely different experience from riding in the wilderness, it is equally as rewarding; except it’s effect is more long lasting!
My personal process, biking and Be Fit 4 Living aside; here is one simple way to begin chilling more often this Summer:  Enjoy a handful of slow and deep breaths.  Do this each day, upon awakening and before bed.
Mindful breathing will give you the space needed to allow an impulse, such as “control”,  to Let Go*.
Yet, as good as it may sound to allow something as heavy as “control” to “follow its own nature of falling away”; like any other skill, practice is required!!!
So, if giving ‘mindful breathing’ a chance to integrate into your daily routine turns out to be more difficult to “DO” than it sounds, let your Life Sherpa lend you a hand!  To claim your spot in our third annual  Breathathon, please click HERE.

Thanks for reading and sharing (upper left hand corner).
Christianne
*Best definition of “Letting Go” I’ve yet come upon:  “To allow impulses to follow their own nature of falling away.”  Steven Batchelor

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