“The best way out is always through” – Robert Frost
We all have those times when we feel overwhelmed, lost and confused; emotionally charged and less motivated. We know that our emotions are taking us over but we simply can’t stop those negative thoughts and find it hard to snap out of it. This might be triggered by a specific event, a life circumstance or simply because of someone’s remark or an influence of a full moon. Regardless of the reason behind it, it is important to know how to ride these emotional tidal waves and come out calmer and wiser.
April’s strong water energy (April’s Monthly Prediction) has certainly tossed me into one of these waves and I simply cannot survive it without the below 5 practices. They are my lifelines and keeping me in balance. I hope what I am about to share will inspire you to find your own way through those tricky times.
1. CLEAR & PROTECT YOUR ENERGY FIELD – Practice Belinda Davidson’s Chakra Cleanse Meditation daily
When we are emotionally charged and consumed by our thoughts, we are polluting our energy field. Those negative thoughts are like a thick fog that clouds our judgement and our abilities to see beyond the surface. They also weaken our energy field, disarm us and put us in a vicious circle.
Have you noticed when you are in this state, you tend to magnetize more negative things around you, even when walking on the street, people tend to bump into you, you are pushed and jostled? This is because your energy field is consumed and eroded, it vibrates at a lower frequency. Your energy field is your bodyguard, your shield; it defends you and protects you from any external harm.
The 30-minute Chakra Cleanse Meditation by Belinda Davidson is the first thing I turn to to build this shield up around me so I can retreat inside safely. This invisible shield will bounce off any negative energy coming from outside.
The Chakra Cleanse Meditation not only cleanses but restores our energy field with higher vibrations and purity. It peels away the debris layer by layer to reveal the true being and wisdom that deeply resides within us.
This is not always an easy thing to do, because this is the time when I feel the most resistance to sit still and meditation is the last thing on my mind. However, I know if I persist, I will feel more joyful, grounded and recharged afterwards. I know the moment I open my eyes from the meditation, the world is a brighter place. It works every time.
You can find out more about the Chakra Meditation and the free weekly White Light Session here: https://belindadavidson.com
2. LOVE YOUR BODY – Chinese Remedial Massage
When we feel the constant undercurrent of unease, tension and discontent, our physical life force is depleted. We feel vulnerable and want to retrieve into our caves. What we need most at this time is self-love.
My way of giving my body attention and love is to reach out to my trusted Chinese remedial massage therapist for a session to release the tension around my shoulder and upper back areas.
Usually when we are emotional or stressed, our body unconsciously tenses up, especially around the shoulder, neck and upper back. It memorise it and stores it. You might not feel any immediate physical manifestation for a while but when you do, it means your body has silently endured the pressure for a while and reached the point that it needs to tell you it is not happy.
And these days, I tend to listen more intently and get in early before it gets worse. Chinese Remedial Massage is not necessarily everyone’s cup of tea. I have a very low pain threshold however I do love it because half an hour of expert soothing hands on my tensed shoulders is like unloading a ton of bricks. I always breathe a sign of relief once the session is done and I can feel the lightness back in my body.
You can choose a gentler body massage with essential oils or a facial, whatever will allow your body to sink into a relaxation state.
Your body is your temple. Respect it and know when to give it love.
3. CONNECT WITH YOUR BODY – Yoga practice
My yoga studio is my scared space. Yoga is a heavenly practice to honour your body, your breath and your wisdom. I leave any issues, problems and my buzzing thoughts at the door before I step onto my mat. This is an hour that I am 100% committed to connect my body with my breath without any disruption from the external world.
I love the softer and sweeter energy after a good yoga session. I feel the gentleness, the slowness and the open heart in my body.
I love that during each movement, I am able to shed each layer that the external world wrapped around me to reveal the calmer me, the truer me. I feel whole, happy and complete. More importantly, I know that ‘whole, happy and complete’ feeling is coming from within me, from my being; not anything ‘out there’.
4. HEAL YOURSELF IN NATURE
Immersing yourself in nature is the most powerful and quickest way to heal and reenergize at times like this, no matter how big your problem feels.
Nature in its silent stillness teaches us how we can simply be – to be still, to be ourselves, to be where life is.
Based on the Four Pillars of Destiny chart, I am a Yin Metal. A few hours spent bush walking in the mountains will give me an instant boost. This is because the Earth element in particular nurtures me to support the Metal. If Water is needed in your chart, you probably intuitively love to spend time at the beach and a swim or a bath is enough to wash out all the problems in the world.
When you spend time in nature, honour its presence by being there fully. This means do not just see its form and be unaware of the life within. Activate all your senses – see, listen, smell, feel.
Smell the damp grass underneath your feet, feel the softness of the moss on the trees, listen to the many subtle sounds of nature and take nature’s silent dignity into every cell of your body and let its essence transmit to you. When you approach nature in this way, you feel you are part of it, part of the aliveness and animating presence within your body.
Nature’s gift will be giving to you generously – freedom, joy and peace in your heart.
5. PRACTICE GRATITUDE
If the meditation, self-care and the mindful yoga practice are able to bring back the vibrancy, power and strength into my body and lift my spirit, practising gratitude simply makes me feel expanded and wanting to open my arms and embrace the world again.
Learning to practice gratitude is a beautiful gift that anyone can have. And the beauty of it is you can do it anytime, anywhere.
It is so easy to lose sight of the truth when we are living in a world that is hardwired to focus on lack, on being limited and wanting more, we just don’t express our gratitude enough.
I have learnt from experience that even when you can hardly summon up the energy to shift into gratitude — even when you have to force yourself to begin, it still has magnetizing power.
Gratitude opens our eyes to the things we have never noticed before. It fills our heart with love and joy.
Make it a game and make it fun. Create a Gratitude journal. Be specific. And never wait for the right time, there is no better time than now.
I like to do this with my morning cup of coffee and start my day with gratitude filled within my heart. Use awareness and feel it with all your senses. Feel the warmth of the cup with gentle love and appreciation before you take your first sip. Smell as you breathe in the crispy cool air in the morning, notice the gentle morning dew on the grass. Appreciate your surroundings and really appreciate the beauty of the world. Move through your day with awareness and grace throughout the day.
Once you start practising gratitude, it becomes addictive. It keeps me focused, grounded and connected to the beauties in life and continues to bring abundance into my life.
And I love this quote:
“When you realise there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”
– Lao Tzu