We are living in difficult times. It is hard to let in what we are seeing and experiencing in the aftermath of the violence in Charlottesville and the appalling response from Trump. There has also been an outpouring of people denouncing hate, neo-Nazis and white supremacists. Actions that can be taken. There are intense emotions. Fear. Anguish. Despair. Hopelessness. Determination. We are awake and will not allow hate to be unchallenged.
At the beginning of this practice, I speak of being kind to ourselves. We need to attend to our own experience and responses, especially when we are deeply distressed. To allow ourselves to feel what we feel. There may be a flood of terrifying images and catastrophic thoughts about the future. Thoughts are words and pictures that create a response in our body. Our impulse is often to get some distance from them because they are so upsetting and trigger such an avalanche of contraction and painful energy in our body. Our system goes into fight/ flight/ freeze when we are under threat.
Take this 15 minutes to slow down and attend to yourself. Put images into a frame and let yourself notice the space all around the outside of it. This helps our brain to know we are not under immediate threat. Relaxing our body and allowing our breath to become smoother and deeper helps our whole system calm down.
When you are in a highly charged state, get immediate relief with a few minutes of Box Breathing. Then tune in to your own experience and relax. This is a time when we need to take care of ourselves. From this base, we can engage with the people and events of the world.
There are many guided practices on my YouTube channel to help you relax, breathe deeply, and to work directly with fear and strong emotion. https://www.youtube.com/lynnfraserstillpoint
We meet every day for a free, guided practice from 8 to 8:30 AM New York time. You are welcome to join us. http://zoom.us/j/645904638