Beliefs are powerful. When you are young, you are essentially in a state of hypnosis, absorbing your environment and what people say, or don’t say, to reflect who you are. I acknowledge that this is a simple sentence describing a complex topic. Bottom line: If you believe in any way the oh-so-common human perspective that you are “not enough,” that’s a lie.
There are many, many, many reasons why you may experience not-enoughness, comparison, or don’t feel good about yourself in some way. Life is…Everything. The truth is that the parts of you that “feel” have forgotten that you are powerful beyond measure, born for greatness, and magnificent! It is time to remember. It’s time to believe.
Allow me to repeat, “the parts of you.” Since you are a multi-dimensional, complex human being, not all of you believe the same thing about everything all the time.
Reflect on an area in your life, an activity, or how you express yourself when you feel really good about yourself, currently or in the past. When you engage in this, you may feel a sense of ease, effortlessness, freedom, flow, joy, in the zone. Depending on how you think about yourself at this moment, recognizing this natural experience may or may not be readily available. You may need more time to ponder. Something exists, even if it’s buried under a few, or many, layers of awareness.
I invite you to journey into one, small, not-too-intense, not-enough part of you and offer you a simple body-centered practice to reclaim and believe in who you are, even a little.
Here we go!
Take three or more breaths. Make them slow and full. Taking intentional breaths helps you to feel less in your head or more in your body and calmer. If you prefer to stand up and stretch or anything else that helps you feel more centered, please do.
Identify an area of your life where you feel not enough, less than, or stressed out.
Where do you experience this in, on, or around your body? Your face or head; neck, shoulders, arms, hands; upper, mid, or lower back or spine; chest or belly; hips or pelvis; legs or feet? You may want to close your eyes or soften your gaze to tune in. If you are not sure, guess.
If you wish, place one or both hands on this area, or just place your focused awareness. What do you feel or sense? Notice what you notice, without judgment.
Now, imagine the sun shining into that place and softening any feelings of tension, contraction, or dis-ease. Permit yourself to feel what you feel. Then, breathe a few times into that area and fill it with fresh oxygen and vitality. You may want to imagine filling that area with light, any color you want. Notice what you notice again.
Take a moment and be still. Recognize the power of your body wisdom, imagination, and willingness to shift your state of being. If you wish, jot down a few thoughts or write in a journal.
Congratulations! You have freed up some inner space without having to “figure it out.”
There is absolutely a time and place for thinking things through and problem-solving – or as I like to say, solution-finding. Your body wisdom is also a source for self-discovery and internal support for you to embody your magnificence. As you experience less contraction and more expansion on a physical and energetic level, the more you will remember the truth of who you are and shine your light!
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Lisa Medley, MA, CMT believes as we create more love in the body, we create more love in the world. She serves as an Embodiment Mentor and has over 20 years’ experience in the healing arts including a MA in Expressive Therapy, life and wellness coaching, therapeutic massage and bodywork, somatics, energy medicine, and conscious movement & dance. Lisa is energetically sensitive that blesses her with a strong divine connection and challenges her to stay centered in an overwhelming world. She has discovered that honoring body wisdom is the key to sustaining wellbeing and soul evolution with more ease and grace. Learn more http://www.soulisticarts.com