Consider this week an exploration into what makes you truly happy.
During the day practice taking a nice deep breath into your belly and asking yourself, “What am I thinking right now?” “What am I feeling right now?” And, “What do I want?” Imagine giving yourself space for these questions. Don’t put effort into answering these questions. Rather, give real breath and space to the questions.
You may find an answer comes quickly and naturally. You may notice that what you want is not matching with what you actually give yourself. Just take time to notice whatever comes up for you as you create space for these questions with your breath. Imagine when you breathe, you breathe from the belly and as you expand out on the in breath, space around you opens. And from this spaciousness you ask these questions – –
What am I thinking right now?
What am I feeling right now?
What do I want (right now)?
You may carry a pocket journal with you as you practice creating more space for yourself. You may write down what you notice as you do this exercise. Let it take you, naturally, where it wants to take you. Initially you will likely gain some valuable insights. Even an “AH HA” moment or two. Later, with these insights you may have awareness about patterns of how you ignore your self, don’t listen to your thoughts, notice your feelings or really ask (and know) what it is you want.
And how can we achieve what we want (better health, loving relationships, peace of mind) if we don’t take the time to ask ourselves these questions?
Know that you are opening the door to true and lasting happiness by living these questions. Ask these questions at every meal, every half an hour or any moment you remember to ask yourself (Breath into the belly) – –
What am I thinking right now? Then simply notice this. Take note of what is getting your attention.
What am I feeling right now? Notice the different feeling sensations that are present at this moment. This can include emotions, intuitive feelings, or body sensations. You may notice how these may relate to your thoughts at the given time.
Then ask, “What do I want?” Keep breathing and ask, “What do I want?
In the evening take some time to enter into your journal all that made you feel good, brought happiness to you that day and any other awareness you gained from creating this personal space.
Sometimes the mountain is hidden from mein veils of cloud, sometimes
I am hidden from the mountain
in veils of inattention, apathy, fatigue,
when I forget or refuse to go down to the shore
or a few yards up the road, on a clear day,
to reconfirm that witnessing presence.” –Denise Levertov, taken from Evening Train, New Directions Publishing
September Women’s Retreat at Thundering Cloud’s Center for Creative Expression, LLC
Friday September 12th, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Experience Personal Initiation with an intention through spiritual journaling Bindu Breathwork, personal ritual and a shared purification ceremony (sweat lodge).
“Spiritual power is really a distinctive kind of knowledge that is like the key that opens the door or the switch that starts the energy moving. It is that special insight that we need to break up a log jam of knowledge.” –Fools Crow, taken from Fools Crow; Wisdom and Power, by Thomas E. Mails