By Jovanna Soligo
Breathe and Receive
Do you feel out of breath trying to accomplish your to-do list? Are you overwhelmed with choices and suffering from indecision? Do you feel discouraged at times because your life doesn’t feel like it’s in your hands?
As Thoreau wrote, most of us lead lives of “quiet desperation”. We want to change but we don’t know where to begin.
What if I told you not to change a thing because your life is already perfect? What if I told you that your everyday life is like a deep, fresh well waiting for you to receive its nourishment?
OK, I have to admit, there is a small change you’ll have to make but I want you to know that it will be effortless. Here is the key… pause, but only for a second and breathe but just one breath.
In doing this simple practice, you will receive all of the nourishment you need to thrive. You will feel clearheaded and more capable of making decisions. You will feel appreciative and connected to those around you. You will feel energized and willing to find the way to actualize your dreams.
I know this is a tall order but try to suspend disbelief. Engage your curiosity and I guarantee, you will not be disappointed.
Here is the practice. Pause and breathe out. Then pause and breathe in.
Breath out and empty, breath in and receive.
There are so many opportunities in your everyday life to use this practice to receive nourishment. Here are a few.
Listen closely to someone’s words. Breathe and receive kindness.
Linger in a bath. Breathe and receive warmth.
Enjoy a piece of chocolate. Breathe and receive deliciousness.
Gaze at a flower. Breathe and receive beauty.
Pay for your groceries and before you pick up the bag take a moment to breathe and receive the bounty.
Take a bite of your dinner. Breathe and receive savoury goodness.
Sit in a quiet room. Breathe and receive peace.
Jovanna Soligo is a mentor to women who live from the heart. She creates simple practices that open the way to their dreams and she performs ceremonies for healing and celebration. Jovanna is a certified Life Cycle Celebrant and an ordained Wedding Officiant. Learn more at www.sacredlifeceremonies.ca