Today is Wednesday, which means it’s time for the inspirational word of the week.
Grow: (verb) to form, arise, expand or become united.
Before I say anything else I’d like to offer this little tune that has been bouncing around in my head all this past month…….
“Just cause I don’t know now…..doesn’t mean I won’t know then……….Just cause I don’t know how doesn’t mean I won’t know then…. ” (set it to a walking tempo and let it loop for a few minutes, it’s a wonderful meditation tool)
Speaking of tools……
This timely message came into my e-mail today from Michelle Bernhardt of MyInnerWorld.com …….. “We may feel some uncertainty as our lives continue to change. Often our greatest breakthroughs occur after we experience a paradox or a feeling of insecurity. Trust in whatever is happening. We are moving through a paradigm shift and need to develop a strong inner core. Meditate, pray, walk, dance, write and smile. All these qualities feed our greatness and our strength.” Words to grow by!!
This project has been hanging in my dining room for years. I made it while my husband was working on a project in Venezuela. It reminds me of the difference between change and transformation. You can change your pants, but it doesn’t change who you are. It doesn’t even change the pants! Transformation takes time, tools and vision. Once that transformation has happened, there’s no going back.
As a creative soul, (I know that sounds really new-aged woo-woo and eventually I’ll grow into feeling comfortable with it, but for now, OY! please bear with me!) I strive to share with you, my friendly blog reader, the current inspiration that flows through me. As you’ve seen, making burlap art is one way I do that, writing this blog is another, and just this past week, starting with some very dear friends of mine, I’ve added the Drop the Drama Stretch a couple times a week. It’s a way to practice transforming nervous anxiety into peace, grace and finesse. (Seriously, it’s worth a shot to at least try!)
Feel free to follow along, just make sure you have plenty of stretching room, flat shoes, and a non-binding shirt.
First, we start by standing still and centering our hips over our heels, and then our shoulders over our hips. We hold our hands loosely at our sides as we connect the top of our heads to that spot between our ankles. We focus on breathing and relaxing our butts. (This is the hardest part) Then I start talking…….. Stay open to the balance of energies….. Show patience for time to do it’s work…………………… Embrace the place where life happens…………… By recognizing graciousness, kindness, generosity and bravery, we discover that the power of creating a better future is contained right now in the present moment. (Thanks to Jennifer Louden, Eckhart Tolle and Oprah Winfrey for the inspirational words)
Without lifting our shoulders, we pull our hands up over our heads. We can feel energy starting to move from the hips, up thru the back and shoulders. Now we can feel the energy coursing up thru our arms toward our finger tips! Inhale and allow that sensation to increase. Exhale and relax, keeping our hands over our heads. On the next inhale, we bend over straight at the waist and pull all of that energy off, gently shaking our hands at the same time. That intense stretching feeling at the back of our knees acts as a reminder of how relaxed our back and stomach should be. We allow energy to flow and move as we inhale and come back up while keeping our hands up over our heads. Finally, we gently release our hands back down to our sides and exhale. Relax your butt!
I’ve added a couple of Shiva Nata stretches to this as well, although I’ve only just started doing them myself. Mostly, it’s about giving myself and my friends an opportunity a couple times a week to step away from the stress of daily life, breathe, get centered and feel more in control. There’s no way to get away from stress completely, (I wouldn’t actually want to because then life would be boring), but it definitely helps to let go of the drama and know that we can grow through it!
I had a different idea of how this post was going to turn out, but now that I’m here, I’ve grown to like it!
I hope you like it too, my friendly blog reader.
Thank you for following along, and I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments!
Have a great weekend!