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Relax

The New Year, a brand new one, is about to start!

Depending on which side of the equator you are currently in, the climate is telling you to bundle up or to put that bikini on.

As you may already know, how to get warm and cozy is quite valuable when it’s bitter cold outside; and to know how to cool off when the world feels like a hot sauna is also a gift!

From how to dress, to how to eat, sleep, exercise; nature is constantly pointing us in the direction that will bring us to living our lives in greater ease.

Yet, before we can hear her wise advice, we’ve got to de-clutter the noise.

So, if you sometimes catch yourself ….
….rushing about every moment of the day due to this or that story in your head
.… entertaining one or more of your many worries without providing them with any clear solutions
…. pacifying yourself with distractions to forget the nervous agitation that lies just under the surface (although only temporarily)
If this is you, its time to “de-clutter”!

Giving into learning how to Relax a little more! Doing this on a regular basis, an enjoyable process.  No doubt!
How will your 2020 look starting today? this week? this January? ea month this year?

Thank you for sharing

Namaste,
Christianne

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Breathing out…

Maple tree, hi! How do you keep on 🍁 drawing your sap into the core 🍁 gathering your crops 🍁 turning inwardly? Don’t you resist loosing your “leaves”?
Answer: What it takes to transform resistance into allowing is super simple:  Slow down enough to allow for a single complete exhalation!

Exhaling…
… for this moment now,
Inhaling…
… I observe the breath’s return

Exhaling…
…  out my nose; releasing, emptying  again
Inhaling…
…what would it be like to be freer ?

Exhaling…
…  I soften and begin to occupy more space

Inhaling…
… what am I holding on to?

Exhaling…
…this sadness that is here,
Inhaling…
… “hello, take a seat. I see you”, says kindness.

Exhaling…
…This fear that is here,
Inhaling…
… “lean onto me, even if just a little”, says trust.

Exhaling…
… discomfort releasing its grip
Inhaling…
… stories in my head, drop their heavy weight.

Let’s get practical now!
Do you pay frequent visits to nature, spend a minimal amount of time in front of a screen and take time to do restorative yoga? If this is you, you know that these lifestyle choices help you slow down!
If however you’re someone who’s tense while in traffic, gets very little sleep and worries about things beyond their control, you may be struggling during this Season ( the most depleting one of all ).  So, please use this reminder to take that out breath, now…



Exhaling…


… thoughts are beginning to free themselves
Inhaling…


… I direct air into the back of my lungs

Exhaling…


… my spine begins to lengthen


Inhaling…


… I sit up; feeling taller, fuller, brighter; yet, lighter

Exhaling…


… I let go


Inhaling…


… this simple choice to be with my breath

Exhaling…


… it brings a smile
Inhaling…


… this moment now, breathing life in
I am here.:-) 



Namaste,
Christianne

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Soul first

When what I see seems slightly distorted….
… judgement filled are the thoughts occupying my mind.  😳  
Yet on occasion, I choose to breathe instead.
The breath takes me beneath the noise….
….to where I can hear a whispering sound inviting me to move towards the center of where I reside.  🕊
At such moments, I know that it is my soul I am listening to first.🕊

Since capturing some aspect of the wondrous sight ~ a full Solar Eclipse ~ inspired so many people to enjoy a ‘Monday Pause’, I decide to follow suit and highlight ~ Soul first 🕊
More valuable then defining this particular Aspiration, is its process:
Like most virtuous goals, the willingness to listen more deeply is required.
And to have a mindfulness practice, such as Breathing, in place; can prove to be quite helpful.

“seeking health was one if my aspirations….so surprisingly I heard me saying: “Christianne has a class on the web. She teaches meditation in a light manner and focus on exercising to control the immediate source of life … the breath.” Well, I did not reach that level of personal beauty. But her simple exercises are helping me internalize that I’m capable of learning new tricks, although I’m a pretty old dog.” Guillermo

“seeking health was one if my aspirations….so surprisingly I heard me saying: “Christianne has a class on the web. She teaches meditation in a light manner and focus on exercising to control the immediate source of life … the breath.” Well, I did not reach that level of personal beauty. But her simple exercises are helping me internalize that I’m capable of learning new tricks, although I’m a pretty old dog.” Guillermo

Let me explain …
When my ‘heart’ feels unsettled, yes I’m referring to my emotions (not the organ), my attention quickly abandons the task at hand in search for what may pacify it.
Busy and distracted, my ‘psyche’ is easily seduced by any temporary and costly solution.
And just like that, it happens:  To appease the source of my distractions, the psyche, becomes the ultimate priority!

Yet, with the help of mindful breathing, I’m willing to listen more closely.

So, when a complex puzzle intersects my path, I feel assured that a soulful solution is also on its way.
Even if the solution is having to do work that I don’t yet know how to do or more challenging yet: acceptance of what is, simply!   
The solution does come!  It comes each time.

However distinct each of our various aspirations may be, and however unique of a process each of these may go through, we are likely to arrive at this same common denominator:

“seeking health was one if my aspirations….so surprisingly I heard me saying: “Christianne has a class on the web. She teaches meditation in a light manner and focus on exercising to control the immediate source of life … the breath.” Well, I did not reach that level of personal beauty. But her simple exercises are helping me internalize that I’m capable of learning new tricks, although I’m a pretty old dog.” Guillermo

Practice is required.
What kind of practice?
One that promotes mindfulness.

So, with a heaping spoon of endurance and a dash of playfulness, I practice mindfulness daily!

Join me?
Breath Awareness, an essential tool of my daily mindfulness practice, is a topic I will be exploring this September 24th.
If you’d like to be a part of  the third annual ‘Breathathon’ (mindful breathing) webinar event, please email me at c@befitforliving.com

Thanks for reading,
Christianne
PS:  In the name of BALANCE, below you” find one of my lunar eclipse musings (from 10/8/14):

Breathing and listening …
…for the whispers of my Soul 🕊

3:25 am ~ It is a bit to early for me.
Yet, after some negotiation about the possibility of returning to a little more sleep, the veridic was in and I got my “bumbum” (butt) up.
  Feeling rather ‘grumpy-tired’, a quick shift in attitude was needed if there was any chance that I’d still be able to greet

this new day for what it is:  Nothing short of a Present!
Since admiring the fullness of the “Empress of the Night” served me so well the night before, it made sense to repeat the gesture.
Except….

3:30 am ~ The most radiant star looks all distorted~
What happened to the perfectly round bright star illuminating the sky only a hand full of hours ago?
Ahhh …, my confusion shifts to curiosity, this must be an eclipse!

3:35 am ~ The moon is now fully obscured~
While in “Tadasana” (mountain pose), a space between my thoughts seems to open up.
In this moment I pause to listen …
…aligned in such a way with the Sun and the Moon was the Earth.
The Earth’s shadow creeping across the face of the Moon…
… and I standing on its surface.

3:40 am ~ The moon becomes blood red~
Earth dancing around the Sun

A renewed sense of purpose washes over me, as I acknowledge each of my aspirations.
The Moon dancing around the Earth

An embrace of belonging, whispering into my ears …
…residing at the center of your being is all that you treasure most.

3:45 am ~Restored to her fullness now~
the most brilliant star has stirred in me thoughts I wish not to forget.

So, I share them with you…

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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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