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Five-Minute Try-It: Feel Truth in the Body

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PURPOSE: To build a more intimate and honest relationship with your body. Practice learning what truth feels like for simple statements, building muscles to be applied to more complex matters such as money.

PREPARATION: You need five minutes, space to put your body in, and the willingness to listen closely to your body.

Minute one: Name three truths and three falsehoods. Do not fret for the “right statements” – spontaneously allow them to emerge. Write them down if it helps to remember.

Minute two: Stand, feel your feet on the ground, spine elongated, top of the head reaching to the sky. Select the three truths and state them out loud. Note, these do not need to be profound – eye color, favorite food and movie will do. Notice what truth feels like in your body.

Minute three: Remain standing. Speak your falsehoods out loud. State them clearly and loudly one at a time. Notice what a lie feels like in your body. Compare and contrast the feeling to your previous experience. (Hint: notice breath, tension and constriction).

Minute four: Return to your truth statements. State them out loud again. Pay close attention to the distinct and subtle body imprints that signal truth.

Minute five: Recognize and register at least one body feeling of truth and one body feeling of falsehood to build your body-truth relationship.

Complete your practice by abiding in body-truth. Commit to building your body-truth relationship in service of embodying Sufficiency.

 

5-Minute Try It: Straws and Other Plastic

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PURPOSE: To gain awareness of our planet, and in particular marine life that struggles with human plastic use.

PREPARATION: Ask yourself, am I open to learning and seeing a new perspective? If so, watch my rant with an open heart and mind. Then, begin your own practice following these steps.

Minute one: Arrange your posture as described in Belly-Heart-Spine 5 Minute Try-It (click here for audio file.)

Minute two: Centering your body, reflect on this wonder question: hmmm, I wonder how my use of plastic serves me? Hmm, I wonder how my use of plastic serves others?

Minute three: Allow answers to arise. Return to centering, reflect on this wonder question: hmmm, I wonder how my use of plastic harms me? Hmm, I wonder how my use of plastic harms others?

Minute four: Allow answers to arise. What sensations (movement, pressure, temperature) arise in your body offering new information about the use of plastic? Allow new insights to arise.

Minute five: Reflect on this wonder question: hmmm, I wonder what new behavior around plastic would better serve others, the world and me.

Complete your practice by integrating your new insights and committing to a new relationship with plastic.

5-Minute Try It: Connect

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PURPOSE: To practice and gain mastery of connection in the flow of presencing, connect and play. Connection is the immediacy of attention.

PREPARATION: Now. This is it!

Minute one: Begin with presencing for as long as you feel.

Minute two: Connect with what is arising right now. Give attention without judgment, evaluation, or desire.

Minute three: Repeat.

Minute four:  Repeat.

Minute five: Repeat.

Complete your practice by recognizing connection is this moment of giving attention. Simple and profound.

5-Minute Try It: Presence. Connect. Play.

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PURPOSE:  Life begins with presence, the ability to be completely here with whatever is arising. This month we begin a series of practices that align with a vibrant way of orienting to life developed by Kathlyn Hendricks, Ph.D. We experience a taste of Presence. Connect. Play.- with our hands to become familiar with the practice. In the following weeks, we will unpack each aspect of this practice and bring it all together at the end.

PREPARATION:  Get willing to open and move through the world in a more joyful engaging way.

Minute one: Bring your non-dominant hand in front of you and begin to saturate it with attention. Notice the sensations that arise in your hand as you give curious attention to your hand.

Minute two: Engage your other hand by bringing it up closer to your first hand. Compare and contrast the felt sense of each hand. Allow your hands to move from presence to connecting.

Minute three: Notice how the feelings in your hands shift as they connect and relate to each other. Continue to connect your hands until there is a natural spontaneous arising to play.

Minute four: Allow your hands to move together and “play”. See what arises in spontaneous movement and connection. Notice how your attention retains presence as connection and play continue to spiral deeper.

Minute five: Deepen your practice using your hands with presencing, connecting and playing so that you retain the basic flow of this natural practice.

Complete your practice by presencing your hands, connecting your hands, and committing to engage in this activity for a month to build a basic muscle of presencing, connecting and playing.

 

5-Minute Try It: Appreciation…

PURPOSE: To become familiar with giving appreciation attention and how to practice spontaneous gratitude for others.

PREPARATION: Make a declaration to expand appreciation space. Then, commit to appreciating others when the inspiration arises.

Minute one: Get willing to appreciate with action. Wonder… hmmm, I wonder how I want to appreciate.

Minute two: Bring your attention to your heart and identify where appreciation lives in your body. What are the movements and sensations that accompany appreciation? Hint: usually tingles, sparky nudges, lightness, and smiles.

Minute three: Turn off your “judger” and begin spontaneous appreciation coming from those body nudges. Express out-loud: “I appreciate _________________” (fill in the blank). There is no formula or right/wrong.

Minute four:  Ramp up your appreciation by letting loose and not holding back. Have fun expressing gratitude and notice how it feels in your body to appreciate.

Minute five:  Self-appreciate doing this practice and notice that appreciating yourself or another has similar effects – generating appreciation space.

Complete your practice by committing to expanding your expression of appreciation in thoughts, words and deeds. Think gratitude. Write gratitude. Speak gratitude. Act with gratitude. Do kind deeds.

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

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 technology, 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.

5-Minute Try It: Feel and Deal

Minute one: Choose a particular moment in time that you are triggered or bring to mind a situation that reliably gets you fired up. (No doubt our current climate offers plenty.)

Minute two: In this activated state, place 100% attention inside your body and feel the pressure, temperature and movement. Just feel.

Minute three: Follow each sensation to completion. Stay intimately connected to the sensation – like a sweet lover you never want to separate.

Minute four: When your sensations dissolve into an opening, enjoy the expanded space in your body and presence of your being. Wonder what’s possible.

Minute five: Allow your body to offer creative ideas, expression, possibilities for action. Notice how your body responds to each potential action.

Complete your practice by choosing one action that lights up your body and committing to that action by a certain date and time.