Write a Letter

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It is more common today to text than to email or even write a letter. I find writing and receiving letters to still be a wonderful way to keep in touch. A hand written note feels more personal than an email. When you touch pen to paper one’s true thoughts can be expressed clearly and shared privately.

Sending a friend a birthday card vial snail mail shows that person how much you care about them. Writing a thoughtful letter to a loved one can be therapeutic and nurturing to the relationship.

Each time I receive a postcard or a letter in the mail I am elated. I love sending letters because I hope those who receive a card from me feel elated as well.

Live Light Practice:

Hand write a note to a friend and send it to them today!
 
Shanti,

Liza

 

 

Jun25

Bath Time

Self-care practices are some of my favorite things. I always am healthier and in a better mood when I had taken care of myself.

One relaxing self-care practice that I have been enjoying lately are baths. I used to put them off because I felt they took up too much time. However, now I love the slow and quiet times.

Want to have a little fun? Here are a few ways to be playful with your baths:

– get some pretty smelling scents
– maybe a cute rubber ducky
– bubbles
– bath salts
– candles
– music
– tea (or wine)
– a good book

Live Light Practice:

Take a bath and have fun with it!

Shanti,

Liza

 

Jun20

What Being Sick Taught Me

Out of nowhere last week I found myself sick in bed with strep throat. I resisted being sick at first, but then I realized there was no changing how I felt and I might as well relax into it.

When I finally let myself rest, I was reminded of 5 important things that can help me whether I am healthy or sick.

1. Crying is great – In general, our culture does not support crying for no reason at all. As a natural crier over almost everything big or small, I find I cry a lot when I am sick.

Crying is great because it helps move energy and release tension from the body. When I realized I was getting sick, and I resisted it, tension began to build up. Once I succumbed to the illness and let my tears go, the resistance and tension released.

 

2. Being nice to yourself is important – the yogic ethical practice of ahimsa or non-violence helps heal you. At first I judged and tried to push myself. Then I realized the dishes and work could wait, and I really needed to care for myself. So what if I needed to sleep or lay in bed watching bad tv shows! I stopped being hard on myself and thanks to lots of rest, I began to feel better.

 

3. Affirmations are powerful – I am a big fan of Louise Hay, and her app – Heal Your Body A-Z. When I first started getting sick, I found negative thoughts starting to populate my mind. Then I remembered how powerful Louise Hay’s affirmations can be for me. So I searched for my symptoms in her app and started repeating the associated positive affirmation.  This may not have taken days off my illness, but it did put me in a better mental state.

 

4. Gentle yoga poses in bed make it easier to get through the day – I found my joints and muscles aching. With a fever I couldn’t really move from my bed, so I improvised and tried some gentle movements that didn’t require me actually vacating the haven of my bed. Simple movements like bringing one knee to my chest at a time really helped.

 

5. Being dramatic makes you realize how it really isn’t a big deal and ‘this too shall pass’ – Being sick sucks, but it is not the end of the world. Once I let the tears go, was nice to myself, told myself positive things, and carefully moved a little, I realized it was just a little cold and would go away soon enough. Allowing for these stages of recovery and even some drama with tears puts it all in perspective. The day will come when I don’t have the sniffles anymore. It is easy to forget that ‘everything is already okay’ when we don’t feel great. Allow space for a crappy day and eventually the sun will shine again and you will remember that you can live light, because everything is already okay.

 

Live Light Practice:

Are you feeling under the weather or perhaps stressed about something? Take a moment to check in with yourself. Notice any resistance you are holding in. If you can, let yourself cry to release tension. If that doesn’t work for you, try reminding yourself that ‘this too shall pass’.


Shanti,

Liza

Jun10

Take Time to Breathe

When is the last time you sat down and paid attention to your breathing? Really noticed how you were taking in air and expelling it? Do you normally breath in and out your nose? Does most of your breath come from your upper chest, or your allow your lungs to fill up?

Breathing fully can reduce stress and create a sense of calm from within.

Live Light Practice:

Find a supported seated posture or lay down. Take both hands to your abdomen. Begin by breathing and noticing the length of each inhale and exhale. After a few rounds of breath start counting to four on each inhale and exhale. Trying to even out the breathing. Feel your hands rise and fall with your belly and breaths. Be mindful of each moment and relax your jaw.

Once you feel steady start to count to four on each inhale and six on each exhale. Do not force it. If this is challenging continue with the count of four for both inhales and exhales.

Allow your hands to rest by your sides and release the counting, just breath as you normally would. Notice if you feel a shift in mood or quality of breathing.

Shanti,

Liza

 

 

 

May20