As we move further into fall, the Shakti Team is dedicated to uncovering and rediscovering our community roots.
In every interaction we have, our team is listening for what lies at the heart of the matter: what is important and meaningful to each other and for each other.
One way we listen is by starting each gathering, meeting and circle with an embodied practice. We know from personal experience what a generous act it is to invite folks to tune into their own body and to listen to their innate guidance. And the best part is no prior experience is necessary – anyone can do it.
Embodied practices allow us to let go of what we think we should say or do and instead respond to our ever changing environment authentically and in alignment with our values. The benefit to pausing and to listening to what is happening on the inside is we are more likely to respond than to react.
Learning your body’s cues is key to managing your responses.
Knowing the signs of stress, shame, guilt, sadness, hurt and frustration helps you make decisions that are congruent with your values.
For example, if you know that you are more likely to yell at someone when you are angry or frustrated, then you can choose to wait to respond until the intensity has lessened. This choice requires knowing your anger signs but also knowing what needs to happen to manage your anger. As the adage says, “Knowing is half the battle.”
The other half is having tools at your disposal to shift the energy. We regularly teach these tools at Shakti gatherings and classes. We want folks to be empowered to feel better and to treat others with the same respect and dignity that they crave.
This is why I am sharing a few of my favorite tools today. If you try them, let me know. I would love to hear about your experience.
Three of My Favorite Energy Tools:
- Donna Eden’s Daily Energy Routine. This routine takes less than 10 minutes and can be done daily. It helps you feel more energized and builds your immunity.
- Donna Eden’s Triple Warmer Smoothie. This practice takes less than 5 minutes and is a great stress reducer.
- Pamela Church’s Gestures from the Heart. I recommend the book and this web site is a good introduction to her work. Try a couple of her gestures and notice how you feel afterward.
May we all learn to be response-able.