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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.”

5-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?

5-Minute Try It: Feel Truth in the Body

PURPOSE: To build a more intimate relationship with your body. Honesty is the highest form of intimacy, which leads to embodied sufficiency.

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.