Whenever you make the choice to really own your power, things inevitably bubble up from below the surface. If you can accept that everything that happens is actually essential to the fulfillment of your potential, you’ll have more capacity to trust your process and be in your power…This, then, is the essence of the Practice Allow Alchemy—letting there be space for any and all fear, doubt, or anxiety and then learning to transform that energy. —Way of Joy
Do you ever experience that tiresome, worn-out mindset that to quote the White Rabbit “I’m late, I’m late for a very important date!”?
With summer ending and autumn in the air, I have been feeling that sharpened pencil, gotta-get-going, one-more-thing-itis — where no matter how much I accomplish, there always seems to be one more thing to do. It’s actually ok with me that I ask a lot of myself, but I would like the rush to be carried on a wave of joy instead of dragged along by that tiresome same ol’, same ol’ harangue about my flaws.
On an energetic level, stress is actually stagnant chi. When things pile up in our lives and in our psyches, we either become exhausted and depressed, or hyper and driven, or some combination. When you can access a sense of spaciousness, regardless of how busy you are, your chi will move freely and bring about transformation. — The Way of Joy
A lot has been written about the health benefits of meditation, particularly in the area of stress reduction. I believe that, on an energetic level, any practices that create an internal opening—whether they be sitting meditation, yoga, Alexander Technique, Feldenkreis or automatic writing, moving Chi Kung or prayer—create a sense of space, both in the psychological sense of “taking space” and physically inside of the very cells of our bodies, because as we breathe deeply, we oxygenate our blood. We can then open up the energy bound up in stress and transform it into something that can serve us instead of drain us.