I don’t know about you but there are days when I find it really challenging to stay focused and connected to my core self. I am not talking about the public me – the one everyone sees each day. I am referring to the inner me. The quiet, still presence that I sense as my essence. Sometimes she can be elusive. And when she is, I get a little nervous. Maybe you know what I am talking about. In spite of doing what you can, you sometimes lose your ground. Perhaps you already have a daily practice of exercise or yoga along with some meditation or journal writing to help you with this. Or maybe you have always wanted to embark on a path of inner discovery, but you didn’t quite know what to do first. In either case here is simple exercise that you can add to your daily routine that will help you find and maintain your inner center.
The journey to that inner you isn’t far. But it can sometimes take a awhile. My friend David Howard, sings a beautiful song, There Is a Place, that makes me cry every time I listen to it. It is about the journey to our heart. (You can find it on YouTube on his album Spark). Here are a few lines. “There is a place where you can always go… On a pleasant journey, it isn’t far. It’s right here in your heart.” I love that his song invites us to travel inside to ourselves in a gentle, sweet way. When I can do this, the din of the outer world grows very quiet. Then I can listen to my dreams and inner voice.
I have never been one to sit and meditate. But I have found some meditative practices that help me find my center. My mom used to say sit and contemplate your navel. She was the one who introduced me to yoga when she used to watch Lilias, Yoga and You on TV. Do you remember that show? Yes, I am dating myself here. After that introduction to yoga, I have been doing hatha yoga in some form since I was a little girl. And now that I am over 50, it is easier to sit and meditate, even if it is just for 5 minutes.
There is something that has made sitting with myself much easier in addition to my yoga and journaling practice. It is the simply beautiful, easy and powerful grounding exercise that is the foundation of Bioenergetic Psychotherapy movement exercises. What I love about the exercise is that it helps me let go of my “monkey mind” and release tension. After 5 minutes of this little movement, I feel like me again. I am more grounded, centered focused and relaxed. Here is a little secret: I don’t wake up excited to spend 5 minutes doing this. Sometimes tears and sadness pass through me on the way to calm. I do however wake up excited to have the feeling of being firmly inside of my body, present and ready for the day. That is the simple, powerful gift of this exercise.
Enjoy. Let me know your experience with it. I love hearing from you.