Peace and hugs dear friends and how are you today? I pray today’s post, Surrender To Love, 7 Quick And Easy Ways To Love Yourself First, finds you and your family in good health and spirits. As usual I’m glad to “see” you and thanks for taking your time to pass by. A special hug and warm greeting to new readers. Welcome on board! I hope you find the mixture of yoga and wellness blogs uplifts and connects with your soul and helps you to relax and let-go of stress.
Today’s post, continues on the theme of “self love” and I share with you 7 quick and easy self-care techniques – Breathing Exercises, Rest and Relaxation Techniques, Exercise (yoga!), Alkalising, Time-Out, Healthier Habits, Embrace Life – you can use to lighten your body and calm and clear your mind.
It is Part One of a three-part “Surrender to Love” mini-series of posts covering the 7 self-care techniques I’ve specifically stepped up on and used more of during the last few months as I take steps to rebuild my health, vitality and energy following my recent health check “wake-up call”. I trust you find these yoga and wellness techniques useful to support your desire to be healthy, happy and contented.
Surrender To Love – My Early Morning Meditation Experience
First of all,
in Part One of this mini-series, l would like to share with you a little bit about where the title “Surrender to Love” came from. Parts Two and Three will go into more detail about the specific self-care and relaxation techniques I’m currently using.
Last week Wednesday I woke with the words “surrender to love” flowing through my mind.
As I lay in bed, I pondered what does it mean to “surrender to love?” I know from experience, your “waking thoughts” are messages from your soul, so I recognised for me to wake up with those words clearly in my mind was important and in some way I felt it was an answer to my prayers for vibrant health and a way forward to focus my energy in my business.
To gain clarity I took the words “surrender to love” into my morning meditation.
So I sat, prayed and asked for clarity and guidance.
I instantly recalled how unwell and tired I felt in recent months and could feel the tiredness in my bones and my mind go into overdrive. As I sat and connected with this state, I started to experience a profound sense of lightness. It felt like my heart went “ping” and all the years of hardship, sacrifice and being in victim mode was lifting from my shoulders. I was a butterfly dancing in the wind and the words “be at peace with the past” flowed through my heart. In my inner eye, I felt myself “fall in love” with myself and felt sooo grateful and glad to be alive.
Have You Ever Fallen In Love?
Can you remember that feeling, when you “fell in love” with your beau and all you wanted to do was spend every waking hour together, entwined as one?
The longer I stayed in the meditative state I felt like I was having a sacred re-union with myself and returning home to the centre of my being. I was “surrendering” and cutting loose from the thoughts and memories stored in my cells which kept me locked in my past.
In that moment I understood what it meant to “surrender to love”—to take responsibility for my life, to put my core needs for love, health and connection on the table; to allow life to unfold in a graceful natural way, without me (my ego) trying to run the show. From that state I/you can live life in a state of deep joy, trust and freedom to fly, safe in the knowledge we are securely held and supported in this natural process of surrounding and letting-go. It was a beautiful experience.
As I came out of my meditation, I sat still, taking in the silence and journalled my thoughts, which now form the basis and theme for the first of the three mini-series of “Surrender to Love” blogs.
Love Yourself First: Are You Too Busy And Feel There Are Not Enough Hours In The Day?
Like most people, I live my life at a fairly break-neck speed, multi-tasking, getting distracted by shiny objects, over-complicating matters and generally forgetting who I Am. Like most of you, I’ve spent too many years caring for others at the expense of my own wellbeing. Much as I rely on my daily spiritual practice and self-care and relaxation techniques to help me to pause, slow down, breathe and take better care of myself, I still make loads of self-care mistakes and often end up burning the candle both ends.
Surrender to Love – 7 Simple Ways To Love Yourself First
To put that to right, over the last few weeks I’ve deliberately taken time out to refocus on my core self-care techniques to boost my energy, calm and clear my mind and strengthen my body.
Here they are:
1. Breathing Exercises,
2. Rest and Relaxation techniques
3. Exercising, specifically restorative yoga poses
5. Taking Time-Out
6. Healthier Choices
7. Embrace Life
If you look carefully, who’ll notice the seven core self-care techniques (breathing, rest, exercising, alkalising, taking time-out, healthier choices and embrace life) form the acronym “Breathe!” Which I think is quite cool because at the end of the day, your ability to breathe, and to breathe well is the core of life and heart of yoga. So, as long as we remember to B.R.E.A.T.H.E we’ll be fine…
Over the next couple of posts, I’ll go into more detail about the benefits of these different techniques and how you can weave them into your daily schedule to relax, boost your energy and improve your health.
To Sum Up
To draw today’s post to a close; I’d like to leave you with some important thoughts. First, what does “surrender to love” mean to you? And how “easy” is it for you to “surrender to love?” I’d love to hear your thoughts. Feel free to write your views in the comment box below because it helps me to grow and gain a deeper understanding of your needs and how I can serve you better.
Finally, I invite you to forward today’s post to your close friends and family as a way to share the love and positive yoga inspires vibes. Thank you.
All that remains is for me to remind you to take special care of yourself and to let you know can discover more yoga and meditation techniques in my popular book Yoga For Beginners A Simple Guide to the Best Yoga Styles and Exercises for Relaxation, Stretching, and Good Health
Image, with thanks Suzanna Leigh, “flying lessons” on Flickr
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