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: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.

Five Minute Try-It!: Belly Heart Spine

Purpose – A foundational somatic practice to provide the essential nutrients of safety, connection and dignity.

Minute one: Set your posture – hips rolled forward, spine elongated, top of head lifted, chin slightly down. Feet flat on floor, hands gently on thighs, shoulders drop. Feel both grounded and uplifted.

Minute two: Bring gentle breath to your belly center, your Dan Tien. Visualize a goose egg size balloon expanding and contracting with your breath in the center of your belly. After several breaths, state: I am safe. I am grounded. I am strong. Source safety.

Minute three: Bring attention and breath to your heart center imagining a thumb sized diamond in your heart chakra. Notice the diamond facets shining bright in all directions from your heart.  After several breaths, state: I am connected. I am present. I am whole. Source connection.

Minute four: Bring attention and breath to the space just in front of the spine – from the sacrum to the back of the neck. After several breaths state: I am dignified. I am worthy. I am whole. Source Dignity.

Minute five: Notice and appreciate the nourishment your body receive from your belly, heart and spine in this moment.

Complete your practice by recognizing how Sufficiency in these three body centers is nourishing your body. Commit to embodying Sufficiency.

Five Minute Try-It!: Still Calm Spacious

Purpose – To build awareness about the concept of sufficiency and engage a somatic practice that leads to embodied sufficiency.

Minute one: State the word – Sufficiency – out loud several times in different tones and inflections. Notice how sufficiency feels in your body. Do you have a sense of lack? Do you feel ease?
Minute two: Open to the truth of sufficiency by slowing your breath and feeling this moment of stillness. Right here, right now. Access stillness. Be still.
Minute three: In the practice of stillness, calm arises. Breath slows down to a subtle rhythm and presence. Movement is slight, yet your mind is bright.
Minute four: Stillness and calm give way to space. Saturating in stillness and calm, recognize the spacious quality of your mind and body. Space permeates you.
Minute five: Abide in spacious, still, calm moments.
Complete your practice by recognizing this is Sufficiency. The concept of sufficiency is not just a concept but a way of being. Commit to embodying Sufficiency.