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Five-Minute Try-It: Closing the Gap

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PURPOSE: Closing the gap between natural expression and every moment—unsticking ourselves from the mind.

Minute one: Set an intention to respond authentically, spontaneously, nakedly—closing the gap between inspiration and action.

Minute two: Sense your body—kinesthetically—follow the impulse to move—either your entire body or a body part (arm, leg, head).

Minute three: Sense your voice—the gift of sound—allow sound (words, song, vibrations) to flow from your throat.

Minute four: Sense your imagination. Bring a person, thing or being to mind and match the way of your imagination with your body. Become what you imagine.

Minute five: Sense your heart and the spirit of gratitude. Speak out loud or telepathically communicate appreciation for what or who came to mind.

Complete your practice authentically, spontaneously and nakedly. Close the Gap and be surprised!

Five-Minute Try-It: Body Appreciation

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PURPOSE: Our body is always present and available to communicate with us about what is nourishing and what is not. Let us attend to this precious instrument, appreciating the wisdom and value it abundantly offers.

Minute one: Notice the entire felt sense of your body. Recognize the inevitability of aging and death. Smile – you and your body are alive!

Minute two: Focus on your feet. Touch your feet with your hands and appreciate that these feet transport you every moment you walk. How are your feet responding to your awareness?

Minute three: Focus on your belly and touch it with your hands. Appreciate that the food you choose to eat passes through your digestive track, extracting nourishment to give you energy. What wisdom does your belly hold?

Minute four: Focus on your heart and touch it with your hands. Appreciate your heart for beating and for pumping blood through your system, keeping you alive and vibrant. What does your heart know?

Minute five: Focus on your arms. Hug your arms. Appreciate your arms that allow you to embrace others. Where do your arms want to hug?

Complete your practice by recognizing the preciousness of your body. Commit to sustained body appreciation and notice how your body responds.

 

Five-Minute Try-It: Get Interested

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PURPOSE: Activate your interest muscle and experience the vibrancy of authentic interest.

PREPARATION: Be alone without interruptions; comfortable clothing preferable.

Minute one: Stand upright with a straight spine, mimicking a tall pine tree – a line of energy moving down from the heart into the earth and from the heart through the top of your head to the sky.

Minute two: Allow your eyes to wander, taking in the sights around your space. When your eyes meet something that attracts you, stop with interest.

Minute three: Sense the object or space with gentle eyes, looking with interest at whatever you see.

Minute four: What thoughts, feelings and sensations arise in your body as you deepen your interest in this object?

Minute five: Keep your interest on this object vacillating between the object and every experience that arises in your body.

Complete your practice by noticing what happens to the object. Is it separate? Compare this experience of interest with your typical way of being interested.

Daily 5-Minute Practice: Practice Getting Interested daily. I suggest you set a timer for three different times (AM, afternoon and evening) as a way to give full attention to getting interested.

Five-Minute Try-It: Chakra Breathing

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IN HONOR OF BREATH.

PURPOSE: We can live without food or water for a while, but breath is always with us.

PREPARATION: Journey with Gayle and breath, as we touch each of our energy centers.

5-Minute Try It: Balance

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PURPOSE: To strengthen our physical body balance (gross realm), and to strengthen our energetic response balance (subtle realm).

PREPARATION: Make sure balance on two feet is solid! If not, practice here.

Minute one: Locate your balance on two feet. If you are secure, raise your right leg. Intend to balance for up to two minutes on your left leg.

Minute two: For the next two minutes, balance on your left leg.

Minute three: Balance. Be with the new sensations in your balancing leg.

Minute four: Switch to your other leg. Raise your left leg and balance on your right for two minutes.

Minute five: Balance. Be with the new sensations in your balancing leg.

Complete your practice by noticing when you have both feet on the ground how stable and centered you feel.

5-Minute Try It: Play

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PURPOSE: To practice and gain mastery of PLAY in the flow of presencing, connect and play.

PREPARATION: Gain clarity about your motivation to engage this practice. Why does mastering Play (Presence/Connect/Play) matter to you?

Minute one: Presence your body and mind with a body scan.

Minute two: Connect to the intimacy of this moment.

Minute three: Move directly from connection to playing with the energy and vitality of this moment without expectation of something happening. Allow spontaneous action to arise with curiosity.

Minute four:  Be in this moment and the next by giving energy with an open heart, spacious belly and bright mind. What lights you up? What makes you smile?

Minute five: Stay awake to what matters deeply to you as you stay present, connect deeply and play with a fresh response.

Complete your practice by recognizing the essence of play is how we engage life – with openness, light-heartedness, meaning and energy. Presence, connect and play is an essential practice for current events and for our ability to navigate them well.

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.”