- Pause, Breathe and Hold
Evoke the relaxation response to balance the nervous system. Place one hand on the emotional stress relief points, ie place the flat of your palm across your forehead. Notice where you are feeling the signs of stress in your body. (Do a body Scan). Start some heart centred breathing, ie inhale through your nose for the count of 4 and breathe softly and deeply into your belly. Exhale slowly through your mouth as if blowing a candle, for the count of 6 and direct your attention to the place of tension. Allow your body to relax and release tension. Repeat for 5 – 10 breaths. To start with you may not be able to take a deep “in” breath so try 4-5 short inhales and a longer exhale.
- Welcome all Emotions
Rumi compares being human to a guest house, “Every morning a new arrival, a joy, a depression, a meanness comes as an unexpected visitor.” he suggests to “welcome and entertain them all, even if they are a crowd of sorrows” and to “be grateful for whatever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.” Name the emotion ie. this is fear, anxiety, anger, sadness etc without judgement.
- Be curious; what Message does the Emotion have for you?
What comes to mind when think of the emotion, what are the relevant thoughts and feelings? Ask yourself does it relate to present time or is it a reaction to something you fear will happen in the future? The emotion is real, but the thoughts and feelings associated may not necessarily be true. Question these and see if you can re-frame them with awareness and compassion. What does the opposite of the emotion mean to you?
- Switch on your heart light
Place your hands on your heart and show yourself compassion for your situation. Tell yourself it’s OK. Breathe in the essence of a stress relieving essential oil and direct love, grace and gratitude to your beautiful heart. Oils of choice could include jasmine, grapefruit, neroli, sweet basil, cedarwood.
- Take inspired action
In the stillness, keep breathing, and ask yourself what inspired action you could take to move you beyond the situation and towards your positive expression of the challenging emotion? ie. if you are anxious, what would it take for you to feel calm.
Sit with yourself in the silence and draw your attention to your assets and inner resources until the answer comes.
From a place of stillness and composure, can you come up with a plan of action to move you beyond your concerns? Write down your plan and take the inspired action.
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