A practice can be lots of things — yoga, meditation, painting, cooking, writing, dancing. The difference between just doing these things as activities, and doing them as your practice is purpose. When you make these activities your practice, you do them with purpose. And that purpose is to connect you to that all knowing place within.
Since my last post, when I was getting the shit end of the stick, things went even further south.
It’s still too soon to post the details as they’re not fully processed, but I can say I was shaken to the core. Everything within has been tossed to the surface, and I’m questioning it all.
Moving through my days from this place of vulnerability is like walking on a wood floor just as the rug is pulled out from underneath me. Unstable, to say the least. Yet somehow, I still feel grounded.
I noticed it the other morning. Amidst all that has happened…I’m okay. Actually better than okay. Sure, my sleep sucks — with so much on my mind. But I’m able to tap into an inner calm. And it’s because of my practice.
My practice feeds my foundation. It makes me stronger. And keeps me centered.
You can be anywhere for your practice — in the yoga studio, on the running path, or in the park, but establishing your practice at home is key to taking it with you wherever you are.
And that’s why I’m introducing a new series on the blog, Home Practice.
Each month, I will share something from my home practice to hopefully inspire you to get yours going, or keep at it.
To start us off well, here’s a little breathing exercise that one of my blogging buddies turned me onto.
Oh, that’s the thing with your home practice–it’s always evolving. Pretty much anything can become a part of it as long as it gets you connected inside. Also, it doesn’t have to take up a lot of time–this one can be completed in under 5 minutes!
The 4 – 7 – 8 Breathing Exercise
Breathe in 4 counts.
Hold the breath 7 counts.
Exhale 8 counts.
I started using this exercise when I woke up in the middle of the night to help me fall back asleep – it worked! You could also try it if a stressful situation hits you hard during the day.
To include in your home practice, set aside a time each day that you commit to doing it.
That’s what a home practice is — a commitment to your connection, regularly.
What are some of your home practices?
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