Journey to The Self@journey_to_the_self

A year long guided exploration of living in harmony with Nature.
Rachelle Rice, BS, C-IAYT, NTP
Lindsay Kerr, M.Ed., RYT, RPYT

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Journey to The Self

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond. -Rumi

#emotionality
#thisbeinghuman
#rumi
#southshield
#humanbeing
#allthefeels
@the_radiant_table
@byitsowndesign


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Emotionality is defined as the observable behavioral and physiological component of emotion. It is a measure of a person's emotional reactivity to a stimulus. Most of these responses can be observed by other people, while some emotional responses can only be observed by the person experiencing them. ▪️

How often as adults do we feel an emotion but instead of acknowledging it we just try to quickly move beyond it? Only to realize it never went away so then it pops back up at an in opportune time rearing it’s ugly head and causing more conflict? ▪️

How about this. If an emotion arises...similar to what Jung describes here...name it, maybe even give it an image, externalize it, and then ask it questions. “Oh hey anger, what’s up, you’re back? What is it that you’re trying to speak so loudly to me about this time? If I need to move my body to set you free what might be a safe constructive way to do so?▪️

At that point rather than acting on the anger with behaviors we may not want to react with we instead get some clarity on why this emotion has made itself known at the moment. We gather the underlying cause or gold from its arrival and then we see it dissipate coming back to our homeostasis. Emotions carry a frequency we move through and in and out of, but they don’t define us. They’re important like messengers, but we are not them. Even changing dialogue from “I’m sad” to “I’m experiencing sadness right now” can have a huge impact on how we heal. •
#emotionality
#emotionaliq
#jungianpsychology
#feelings
#human
#journeytotheself
@the_radiant_table
@byitsowndesign


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The love of a child is so simple. In its pure and preconditioned form it’s known by spontaneous gestures such as arms thrown around the neck or sticky kisses all over the face or gathering wildflowers on a hike in the National Forest. ❤️ Yes, I know, you’re not supposed to take anything out of the National Forest. Try telling that to a child whose grandma’s birthday is today. I’m pretty sure Mother Earth understood. ❤️ As adults we begin to filter ... is this too much? I’m too much. This is too much. I can’t do that. What does this mean? What does that say? I can’t say that. ❤️ The freedom of spontaneous loving is limited, squelched. We hardly even say “I love you” to the ones it matters most to, much less speak our hearts when it’s really vulnerable. ❤️ “Be here, now, before thinking arises and makes a difference,” says my teacher Richard Miller. ❤️ This is the spontaneity of the child ... impulsive, yes perhaps. Pure in heart, yes please. ❤️ To let love flow, unchecked, unthought out ... how good that feels. The heart on its course, unhindered and unhurt. Loving all the world. Free. ❤️ #childhood
#fourshieldsjourney
#childmedicine
#spontaneity
#lovemore
#loveloveslove
#journeytotheself
@byitsowndesign
@the_radiant_table


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I’m spending the weekend with my nephews, who are 7 and 9. I’m noticing that I tend to hurry or skip over things that are super new, delightful, or simply more fun to them ... ✨

Like honeycomb to taste at the farmers’ market ... ✨

Like souvenir shops full of knick knacks and toys ... ✨

Like taking the elevator instead of the stairs or finding the ‘shortcut’ to the hot tub ... ✨

When did we grow up? When did we start going with practical and efficient over novel and engaging? ✨

With every new path we take out of our comfort zones and limiting boxes, we give our brains a chance to continue to grow and develop as we age. ✨

Playful new routes and out of the way experiences keep our hearts young and our eyes bright! ✨

To the children in our lives that help us remember! ✨

#childlike
#wonderanddelight
#neuroplasticity
#ayouthfulheart
#playmore
#goodolsummertime
@byitsowndesign
@the_radiant_table


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It feels so important to have people in your life who ask to know you from a very deep level. The friend that won’t settle for a one word answer like: good, bad, or busy: to the question of how are you. The people in your life who want to know the details of how your body felt when you got the courage to go on that first date, or that job interview, or whatever it is you’re stepping into. These are the people in our lives who aren’t letting us settle for mediocrity or mundane. They’re reminding us of how sensual it can feel to bite into a locally grown peach. Or of how sometimes the most luxurious thing could be as simple as a nap on a Saturday afternoon or a weeknight moonlit stroll through a neighborhood park. They’re the friends who say keep going when it feels hard or I see you when you feel lost. They remind us that we hold multiple experiences and emotions in any one particularly moment and they’re all valid. It’s these relationships that foster a deeper knowing of our own selves and for that I think we can all be grateful. Tag a friend who is all of this in your own life! 🖤

#weseeyou
#feelyourfeels
#awakenthesenses
#awakenheart
#mirrorofrelationship
#multidemensional
@the_radiant_table
@byitsowndesign 📷 @kaileeannphoto


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To be alive is to feel. To feel is to embrace the very moment and all that you can perceive it as. 💛

The soft, the strong, the comfy-cozy, and yes, even, the painful. How much are you able to be in a moment without trying to change it? Without trying to change the person before you or the person within you? Instead of changing it, what about sinking into it. With so much stimulation constantly being thrown our way let us turn our attention in towards sinking our toes deep into the earth and feeling into our existence in a more sacred sensual way.
#thissensuallife
#sinkin
#livefully
#momenttomoment
#sogood
#youareenough
@the_radiant_table
@byitsowndesign


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“A sensual lifestyle teaches us to live from a place of worthiness.” Lebo Grand

#sensuality
#youareworthy
#awakenthesenses
#thissensuallife
#journeytotheself
@the_radiant_table
@byitsowndesign


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To sink into a fuller life we must awaken all of our sensory channels.
What if at any given moment we slowly took in our breath like it was a kiss from the Divine?

How can we act as if each moment we touch is like caressing the skin of a lover?
Perhaps as we move upon our daily tasks we could bring in more sensuality.
Is that essentially living a more mindful life?
Let’s take the time to smell, taste, touch, hear, and see the environment we sit in, the food we eat, the clothing we wear and even add in our personal preference in order to create an environment that ignites our pleasure.
Embracing the sensual nature of our being awakens a greater creativity and stirs, what Anaïs Nin reminds us of in this quote, the joy of living ecstatically.
#thisecstaticlife
#sensuality
#kama
#embodied
#awakenthesenses
#tastethislife
#journeytotheself
@the_radiant_table
@byitsowndesign


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Feel it. You. Breathing, pulsing, tense, relaxed, squeezing, flowing.

This is you. Aliveness itself. Sometimes I prefer the word ‘soma’ to ‘body’ because it implies this livingness. ‘Body’ we’ve tended to objectify. ‘Soma’ is my direct, moment-to-moment experience of inhabiting earth as a living being.

Come down out of your head. Come away from your screen. Notice - the colors, vivid, and the fragrances, subtle. Notice the touch of air on your skin and take in a pleasurable breath.

What a gift to be alive.

@the_radiant_table
@byitsowndesign
#essence
#livingnow
#yourbodyyourhome
#wakingdown
#fourshieldsjourney
#journeytotheself


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The body. My body. Your body.
Do you know it? Do you smile at it? Do you touch it? Do you love it?

This vessel we inhabit is more than a compilation of mechanical parts. Way way way more.
Body is living, pulsing, magnificent, intelligent. Philosopher and somatic educator Thomas Hanna says we bear within us infinite wisdom and richness to which we have not awakened.
A little TLC for the body might go a long way in terms of creating the changes that serve our health.
Instead of shaming, forcing, manipulating and judging we could try inviting, welcoming, listening, honoring the body.
Inside this new kind of relationship the body might reward us beyond what we could have ever made happen with the mind.
How are you bringing revolutionary TLC to your experience of your body this summer?

#journeytotheself
#embodied
#bodyintelligence
#beinghuman
#livingabody
#bodylove
@byitsowndesign
@the_radiant_table


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The spirit likes to dress up like this: ten fingers, ten toes,

shoulders, and all the rest at night in the black branches, in the morning
in the blue branches of the world. It could float, of course, but would rather
plumb rough matter. Airy and shapeless thing, it needs the metaphor of the body,
lime and appetite, the oceanic fluids; it needs the body’s world, instinct

and imagination and the dark hug of time, sweetness and tangibility,
to be understood, to be more than pure light that burns where no one is —
so it enters us — in the morning shines from brute comfort like a stitch of lightning;
and at night lights up the deep and wondrous drownings of the body like a star. — by Mary Oliver

#whybody
#whyhuman
#beinginabody
#tentoes
#summatime
#journeytotheself
#everybodylovesmaryoliver
#whatahuman
@byitsowndesign
@the_radiant_table


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What a gift this body is.
Do we treat it as such?

Do we allow ourselves to revel in the delights it would bring us through the senses all day long?
Is the song of our soul allowed to play in and through our bodies?
Or do we drive this magnificent aliveness like we drive our cars, with about as frequent maintenance, just one more piece of machinery to serve our relentless minds?

Food for thought on a summer Wednesday. Feel into it with your body.
And sending much love to your intelligent, beautiful body,
Rachelle and Lindsay

#journeytotheself
#fourseasonsjourney
#fourshieldsofnature
#summertimebody
#bodyfull
#embodied
#bodyminded
@byitsowndesign
@the_radiant_table


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