ON THE HARD AND THE SOFT:
I hit a hard workout tonight. And by hard I mean long. And by long I mean mentally and physically grueling. Meditation was a perfect cherry on the top. The soft to balance the hard. Break yourself down and then integrate. All in appropriate doses for your individual soul, of course.
During my mediation, I began with 4-7-8 breathing per @drweil and then transitioned into visualization and embodiment of something in nature. I was the river, everflowing. I was the mountain, always standing tall. I️ was the tree, my branches long. I experimented with different elements until I arrived at the sun. It felt right. So I was the sun, providing warmth to all beings, indiscriminately. This, the precious phrase, was the mantra to match my imagery. The sun doesn’t judge or skip over some. It gives love and light and warmth to all. That’s the feeling I needed to cultivate today. Ironically, there appears to be a sun in this photo...oh wait, there are no ironies in life!
I️ feel my spirit animals lately are a combo of a gorilla, a turtle, and a chipmunk. The gorilla the body-seeking fierceness and intensity. The turtle the mind-seeking long term results and providing the wisdom of pacing myself. The chipmunk my version of the monkey-moving rapidly and shooting around like a pinball—the super ambitious one. How will the gorilla, the turtle, and the chipmunk all resolve into a peaceful, successful, healthy animal? By implementing the soft and the hard.
Wishing all those seeking balance the wisdom to chase intensity when appropriate and slow down when appropriate. Give yourself the permission to do what you need in the moment.
Night, y’all. 👍🏻💪🏻😴