If we're being perfectly honest, we've all been messed up since the pandemic. The good thing is, we're focusing on our self-care more than ever. And believe us, we need it! Meditation has become a go-to for so many. Have you tried it yet?
Here's a beginner's guide to meditation in 5 easy steps, courtesy of Adora Winquist, founder of The Soul Institute Co.:
Create a space that feels warm and inviting: A clear and clutter free environment allows the mind to settle and the energy to flow freely. Having a sanctuary space for your sacred intentional practices will become a haven for you on the days when the hectic pace of the world can seem overwhelming.
Crack Wisedom: We may have to do this in the closet. The kids. The dogs. The partner. They'll be looking for me in the bathroom, so, Plan B.
Enjoy a cup of rose petal or lavender tea: Specific herbal teas can nourish the body, calm the nervous system and sooth the spirit. These two are wonderfully relaxing and heart nurturing, helping to create the conditions conducive to meditation.
Crack Wisedom: We're on a budget. This fruity Barefoot Wine is gonna have to do.
Incorporate your favorite heart centering essential oils: like Geranium, Ylang Ylang or Eucalyptus by inhaling one drop of the essential oil from the palm of your hand or cotton ball for 30 seconds while you focus on The Love Code Breath Technique. Pure essential oils are the most potent form of plant medicine and offer a profound and immediate effect when used via inhalation. The process of inhalation creates a new memory cell in the brain, filled with positive intention, energy, and intelligence. The aromatic molecules imprint their vibration and medicine through our olfactory senses, through the brain into our cellular consciousness and the totality of our beings. When feeling overwhelmed, anxious, down, or disconnected, we can create new habit patterns of using essential oils via inhalation to uplift our emotions and re-pattern our neural pathways for a healthier way of being, feeling and living.
Crack Wisedom: What will sniffing some VapoRub do for me?
The Love Code Breath Technique: Release Forgiveness Gratitude In each moment we can let go over the thoughts, feelings, actions and activities that we know do not serve our highest health and well being. When you start to feel triggered, upset or frustrated with yourself or others, center yourself like a tree rooted in the earth and take a deep breath into your heart, on the exhalation invite the intention to let go and release that emotion or thought. Then take a deep breath in forgiveness. It need not be directed at a person, yet more of a healing balm for our hearts. Then close with a breath of gratitude, a sense of appreciation for yourself and your commitment to grow, heal and elevate to the best, most loving version of yourself.
Crack Wisedom: "Thank you, God, that I did not throat punch Sarah today. It was so hard to control myself, but... namaste."
Cultivate this practice consistently: You don't have to spend a whole hour meditating to zen out. Starting with 5 minutes a day consistently is a great way to cultivate a commitment to yourself that is simple to keep. Over committing can create a sense of overwhelmness that is counterproductive. Once you feel like you have a solid 5 minute daily practice, increase by a few minutes each time as long as it feels easeful. Work up to 20 minutes a day. Journal your experience and benefits for the first 21 days to see the bright and beautiful new shifts in how you feel inside and how these greater feelings of goodness and gratitude ripple out around you.
Crack Wisedom: Can we do this in the car? Because I'm thinking the kids and the partner will eventually find me in the closet...
The cracked Crack Wise Staff-- warriors of the Funformation Movement.