Today’s podcast is about lightening up. We can tend to get stuck in the things that bog us down. So how can we lighten up emotionally, mentally, physically and in response to situations? By connecting to and strengthening our core center, our physical and spiritual self, we can get that feeling of lightness and that belief that we can handle anything, even when things don’t go our way.
I start all of my classes with that engagement of the core, finding and maintaining a neutral pelvis, integrating all of the muscles that surround your skeleton and getting them firing so that you can feel lightness in your movement. If you’re not moving well and your joints aren’t supported, you won’t feel light.
One way to discharge heavy emotions is to scream out loud. Don’t scream at anyone, go into the woods or something! When you grind your teeth or grip your jaw, it’s because you’re holding onto negative emotions. Letting vibration and noise out will help you release them. After you scream, breathe and see if you notice the difference.
Another way of discharging negative emotions is by jumping. You can do little jumps, shake out your hands, shake out your feet and jump up and down on your toes.
Playing is also a great way of lightening up. Take an invitation to go and do something really fun and playful. Jump around, skip, hop, crawl, put on music and dance. You can play with kids or with adults.
Mahatma Gandhi said, be the change you want to see. You will feel lighter when you are acting in alignment with your core values and doing the things that resonate with that. So be the change you want to see. Be friendly. No matter what. Be compassionate and loving. Be light.
Henry Ford said, whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right. The power of your thoughts are that great. So if you want to be lighter, know that you can be.