Somatic Finance® 5 Minute Try Its

Somatic Finance® is experienced as a Path of Practice. Embodying the principles of Somatic Finance requires building muscles with practice, so that the wisdom of our body joins the wisdom of our mind.

While not separate, it is only with practice that we become fully aware that our mind and body are one. It is only with practice that our body is invited to serve our mind and our mind is invited to serve our body.

Five-minute try it’s are short and powerful practices on your path to financial integrity. We encourage you to just try it and see how strong your Somatic Finance muscles can be!

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5 Minute Try It-Flourishing Feminine

PURPOSE:
To release pent up energy-known or unknown-and allow the body to “recalibrate” with more space and flow to serve what matters to you. If you feel stuck and unable to speak your truth, this is a helpful unsticking practice.

PREPARATION:
Don’t prepare, unless preparing serves you. Be open to letting it out. State “I am willing to let it out” Then, allow life to happen and when the urge to let it out arises,..let it out.

Minute one: Get willing to express yourself and move energy through your vocal cords. Get willing to look silly!
Minute two: Commit to gentle, easy and friendly expression. Make a few audible sound through your throat and mouth.
Minute three: Inhale through your nose and fill your belly and lungs. Release your energy through your throat, making pleasurable sound.
Minute four: Repeat minute three.
Minute five:Continue to express satisfying sound through your mouth as long as it feels useful and/or you are unstuck.
Complete your practice by noticing the sensations and space in your chest, throat and nexk. Make a declarative statement about your ability to express. For example, “I speak my truth.” “I release my limitations.” “I am liberated.”

Five-Minute Try-It: Practicing Practice

Purpose – To recognize the difference between understanding an issue cognitively and engaging a practice to make better choices and build new muscles.

Preparation – Choose play and presence as a new practice to try out. Retrieve blow bubbles and wooden matches – or – improvise with your own play/presence props.

Minute one: Bring attention to your blow bubbles and the practice of play. Notice the interior of your body: thoughts, sensations (movement, pressure, temperature) and the entire felt sense of your body. How does your body respond to play?

Minute two: Open the plastic container of blow bubbles and begin to play with the bubbles. Notice each breath blowing, and the bubble created. Pay attention to the action of blowing bubbles.

Minute three: After blowing bubbles for a minute, pause with awareness in your body. What sensations (movement, pressure, temperature) do you notice. If these sensations feel good, choose more bubble blowing. If your sensations don’t feel so good, choose to strike a match.

Minute four: Retrieve a wooden match from the matchbox. Pay attention to the slim wooden stick with the colored strike tip. Holding the box with striking pad at an optimal angle, take a breath, and glide the match tip over the strike area. Be fully present to the spark and flame; blow out the fire when your body indicates (i.e. the flame gets too hot to hold!)

Minute five: Reflect on your experience with striking the match. Describe your level of joy, satisfaction, presence, and attention. Choose to strike another match or not. Repeat reflection on your experience.

Complete your practice by recognizing the choice to practice, and the new capacities developing as you practice.

5 Minute Try-It:What is my embodied motivation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4O6lPyIA394

PURPOSE:
To Access the Heart’s motivation on a particular situation, person or emotion. With practice you can gain clarity on what gifts are yours to share with the world.
PREPARATION:
Locate a silent place to access your hearts wisdom (e.g. nature, a place without texhnology, or a place of prayer.)

Minute one: Bring attention to your entire felt sense of your body. Begin feeling the sensations on your skin. Intend to open inside.
Minute two:Being home in your body, bring your attention to your heart with breath and your hands placed on your heart. Breathe gently into your heart center and say hello.
Minute three: Notice the temperature, pressure and movement in your heart center as you wonder, hmmm, I wonder what my motivation is regarding my gifts to share with the world.
Minute four: Staying in the heart center, go deeper with, what are my unique gifts that will be lost if I do not share them with the world?
Minute five:Allow your heart to experience this deeper connection, to feel moved, to feel the motivation of what matters deeply to you. Note, often a tender emotion of tears and joy emerges as a sign that truth is being revealed.
Complete your practice by committing to return to your heart for embodied guidance and wisdom. Allow answers to arise in all ways – which means sounds, images, colors – rather than just words, and allow answers to arise over days and weeks. Write down your discoveries. Stay open and curious.

Five Minute Try-It!: Abide in Flow

Purpose-Experience ease in moment, like the element of water!

Preparation-Access the sound of water flowing, in nature or at your faucet, or the Be Moved video.

Minute one: Allow the sound of water flowing to fill your senses. Rest your mind and body in the sound of flowing water.

Minute two: “Get closer” to the water. Visualize yourself in the water, as water. How does water feel flowing in your body? Notice where your body feels ease in movement. Notice where you feel tight.

Minute three: Focus on the tight places in your body. Bring the image, sound and feel of water moving to the tightness.

Minute four: Deepen the feeling of flow, ease and movement connecting all places and spaces in your body with water flow.

Minute five: Feel the spaciousness opening in your body, allow this feeling to expand.

Complete your practice by committing to ease and flow. When you hear the sound of water, stop, bring your attention to your body, visualize water flowing to the tight places. Experience ease. Experience expansion

Five Minute Try-It!: Moving Money Mess

Purpose-Release some fiery energy!

Preparation-Bring to mind an issue that arouses anger or frustration.

Minute one: Bring to mind a current money issue and intensify this issue with a strong visualization.

Minute two: With the issue feeling very alive, notice the area of your body that is most energized. Where is the energy located and what are the sensations, thoughts and feelings?

Minute three: Focus on that part of your body. Let go of all thoughts and bring breath to this area of your body with loving kindness.

Minute four: Concentrate your attention on these sensations and breath. Notice any changes.

Minute five: Feel the ease and expansion in this physical area.

Complete your practice by reflecting on your money mess. What insights arise? What is this “Money Mess” teaching you? Are you willing to follow the opening?

Five Minute Try-It! Last Breath

Purpose: To build your embodied sufficiency muscle – recognizing the sufficiency of each breath – and to practice experiencing a last breath.
Please note: engaging this Try It may catalyze deep emotion. If you feel really triggered, please breathe into your body and sense gravity holding you in mother earth’s arms.

Preparation:Please lie down on your back with knees bend touching and feet flat on ground hip distance apart. Rest your hands on your belly. Allow your body to relax and feel the “holding” of the earth. Any tension you notice, let it fall down through the earth. Once you feel connected to the ground, begin breathing.

Minute one: Place your item in front of you – relate energetically to this thing by giving it your full attention. Notice what experience you are having in your body. What area of your body is activated and how?

Minute two: Give attention to the place in your body that is activated. What is happening? Does your response feel open or closed? Is there movement or stillness? Is the temperature noticeable?

Minute three: Staying with this space and your noticing, ask this part of your body: is this desire, ignorance or rejection, or something else? How am I relating to this thing?

Minute four: Still staying in the body space – not figuring out – allow your body to give you some clues. Indifference, sleepiness, dullness could be tending toward ignorance. Stimulated, seeking, anxious could be desire. Confused, frustrated, agitated could be rejection at play.

Minute five: Whatever arose last, be with the experience staying in your heart and generous breath. Ask your open mind and heart, “What is the highest and best use of this item?”

Complete your practice by allowing the answer to your wonder question to reveal itself – now or sometime next. When the answer arrives, take action with this thing and notice what happens to your sense of sufficiency.

Try-It: Desire Ignorance Rejection

Purpose – An awareness practice to become familiar with desire, ignorance and rejection patterns… relating to Stuff.

Preparation – find an item that represents “stuff” to you, prior to engaging the practice.

Minute one: Place your item in front of you – relate energetically to this thing by giving it your full attention. Notice what experience you are having in your body. What area of your body is activated and how?
Minute two: Give attention to the place in your body that is activated. What is happening? Does your response feel open or closed? Is there movement or stillness? Is the temperature noticeable?
Minute three: Staying with this space and your noticing, ask this part of your body: is this desire, ignorance or rejection, or something else? How am I relating to this thing?
Minute four: Still staying in the body space – not figuring out – allow your body to give you some clues. Indifference, sleepiness, dullness could be tending toward ignorance. Stimulated, seeking, anxious could be desire. Confused, frustrated, agitated could be rejection at play.
Minute five: Whatever arose last, be with the experience staying in your heart and generous breath. Ask your open mind and heart, “What is the highest and best use of this item?”
Complete your practice by allowing the answer to your wonder question to reveal itself – now or sometime next. When the answer arrives, take action with this thing and notice what happens to your sense of sufficiency.