Touch yourself with compassionWeek 3, Days 3 & 4. Self-empathy Journal & Remembering.
The invitation was to write about a situation that felt unresolved, one that was not too stressful, as it was my first time with this exercise.
The beauty of this activity was that to access thoughts, you placed your hand on your head. To access feelings, the hand was on the heart. To access needs, the hand was on the tummy.
How beautiful, to touch yourself gently and lovingly while reflecting
Often for me, journalling has been a purely cerebral activity - hand grips pencil or pen, an empty page shouts quietly to be filled, and the brain tries to DO it all for me. Which adds to existing anxiety and stress.
I also loved the permission to sit with the needs that became apparent from the situation, for as long as I wanted, maybe a minute, maybe a day, maybe longer.
In this fast paced world I find that time with loved ones is so precious and fleeting. I sometimes feel pressure to resolve the unresolved quickly.
Let's allow ourselves to make like it's 1999 and take our time. Back then if I wanted to talk with a friend I had to pick up the phone and maybe they wouldn't be home. Maybe they'd call back that day, maybe in a week or a month. While waiting to hear from them, life would go on. I'd have to let things sit unresolved.
So for me, I need to take my time regardless of external circumstances. Last weekend I sat in the winter sun and ground spices. The joy of the complex aroma made my day.
Love to all
This is a record of my solo mindfulness practice over 12 weeks, following The Ongo Book by @catherine.cadden and Jesse Wiens. The aim is to strengthen my connection to wisdom & compassion on a daily basis.
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Photo of spices in my back yard. Hannah Sinclair.