Back to school, back to work, back to life…back to reality!! Along our path there are times when we are in transition or we simply lose our way. We may feel depressed, overwhelmed, tired, confused, afraid...anything but relaxed! As I talk about in Chapter Two of my book Reclaiming JOY, often when these emotions appear it keeps us on an emotional roller coaster. This simple practice, called BRFWA helps bring us back to a relaxed state so we are able to ride the emotional wave and get back to peace...freedom...JOY.
Breathe: As a wave of emotion comes over you,slow down your breath. Allow your breath to flow freely in and out.
Relax: As you slow down your breath, your mind and body will begin to relax. Soften your muscles, let go of mental and physical tension.
Feel: As you relax, you are able to soften into what you are feeling. Stay open to the sensations and emotions moving through you in this moment.
Watch: While feeling, you watch your experience closely, neither grasping what is pleasant nor pushing away what is painful.
Allow: As you watch, you allow the process to unfold. You accept yourself and your experience exactly as it is, dropping the need to change it in any way.
By giving your feelings the space to flow, they come and go without being all consuming. This is the practice of being present. This practice is available to us at anytime. With practice, it becomes easier. Commit to the practice of BRFWA and your life will improve!