I’ve been reading a few quotes lately – slow down, relax, enjoy the moment… I think yes this is great in theory but wonder, how can anything be achieved if we’re living like part of a commune smelling the flowers and walking around at a snails pace?
Last night I went to a new women’s meditation circle with The Soulful Woman. Meditation or Flowdreaming is something I do most days to re-connect and centre my energies. I’m currently going through a bit of a life transition so thought it would be a good way to share a group female energy and see what happens.
The energies must have synced as I had a mini revelation. Gemma (who led our group) asked if anyone had anything to say after our first meditation. There was silence. She went on to explain we were now experiencing our parasympathetic nervous system to relax and renew, which was the opposite to ‘fight or flight’ response when we’re stressed.
Basically when we’re in parasympathetic mode we’re open and receptive to guidance, in tune with our emotions, breathing deeply and aware of what’s around us. I thought OH this must be what those quotes are saying.
I feel there’s a time for fight or flight mode for example when cycling through traffic and being cut off by a taxi. It’s about keeping balance though – almost like merging the two. If I’m tuned into my parasympathetic mode I’ll feel relaxed, not get angry, be guided by my intuition yet be aware of what I need to do to quickly move out of the situation.
Gemma explained when we go to sleep at night this is when our ideas come to us, when our body renews, our breaths are deep and intuition is increased. I know I’ve come up with some of my best ideas after waking and received amazing guidance – this is a prime example of being in parasympathetic mode.
I thought about my friend who owns a healing practice. We’d had a recent conversation, which spelled out how chaos can take over when life feels out of control. One of her main practitioners had left, she had to completely find and retrain someone asap, was selling and moving house, her daughter was not well, had to organise her sons 21st, keep her business running and home life. It was all happening and she was feeling stressed with no time for herself! Thinking about our conversation this is a classic example of fight or flight. We can all probably relate.
Life is going to happen whether we’re stressed or calm. The outcome will be easier when we’re relaxed, balanced and in-tune with our emotions, which is helped by regular meditation.
Who won the race with the hare and the tortoise? The hare was so busy running around using up all his energy the tortoise calmly strolled right past after the hare passed out with exhaustion.
After my meditation I came home feeling relaxed. I don’t normally take my dog for a walk at 10pm but noticed he was looking at me funny. I said Ok let’s go, as soon as we got to the park he went straight to an injured bird – he understands they are his friends. I picked the bird up and saw something caught on its foot – I was able to help it to freedom 🙂
Life comes when you’re balanced.
“Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Being Peace
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