How can we "tackle" life with softness?
Let's imagine for a second, if every task you tackled this week, you did so from a place of softness & ease. What would that look like?
Imagine if you allowed yourself to flow & move from a place of relaxed awareness,
operating with the grace and fluidity we see in water... What might you be able to accomplish more quickly, more smoothly, and more efficiently?
We are like water; when we soften our structure, or unfreeze, we allow fluidity in all that we do. When we tense or freeze up, it's easier for us to crack, break, even shatter.
Mindful practices bring our awareness to the surface as we move about our day and lives. When we are relaxed, but aware of ourselves and tasks, the body and mind are able to operate and move with the most fluidity and ease. We become immersed in our experience, and in the present moment.
It takes practice to develop this awareness and relationship with ourselves and how we live.
Art, music, surfing, writing...are such tasks where we invite this soft awareness.
I know yoga has been a huge help in developing this relationship with myself. It's not just a workout with bendy strong poses, it's a mindful practice to nurture relationship to self on and off the mat.
Below are 3 TOOLS FOR BRINING SOFTNESS into whatever task you're tackling and invite in full body awareness.
#1 STOP & OBSERVE
Whether you're washing the dishes or doing your workout...take a moment to stop & obsevre...listening to the little messages within.
When we slow down and examine the present moment, ourselves, and allllll the components that are moving and contributing to the present moment, we invite SPACE into our lives. When space is present, we have room to allow for fresh, new, ALIGNED patterns.
So, let's say you're washing dishes, take a moment to stop and observe. What's happening in your body? Are both feet supporting you? Perhaps you're tensing your arm and hand doing the washing without knowing it? Are you shoulders hunched when they could relax?
Invite you mind to listen to the body. Our clever mind is constantly in a rush, saying "hey, I know better!" and is trained to ignore the body. When we take a moment to stop, observe, and listen to what's unfolding...we invite ourselves to soften into the moment and shift from a place of rigidity into a place of fluidity.