Sat, May 2, 2020 ~ Dancing Water Daily ~ Ajna (Self-Guided) Practice: 3 Tools for Connection

Happy Saturday! Today’s practice is an Ajna or Self-Guided Practice in which I offer three tools to deepen your connection to your physical, mental and emotional self. As we discover over and over, the more tuned in and aware of my own experience, the more I am able to connect with others.

3 Tools for Connection to Body, Mind & Heart
1. Body ~ Counter Movements
2. Mind ~ Thought Watching
3. Heart ~ Emotional Intelligence and Articulation Find the video here.

These three tools could be the most generous thing you do for the people you love and care for.

RESOURCES for 3 Tools for Connection to Body, Mind & Heart

1. Body ~ Counter Movements
If you’ve been doing something for a while with your body, do the opposite
• If you’ve been at your desk, in the car or on the couch (contracting hip flexors and chest) do some active or passive stretches to lengthen the contracted places. (NOTE: Restorative Yoga is a great way to allow the body to unwind itself. Check out Dancing Water Dailys on Wednesdays and Sundays.)
• If you’ve been sitting, stand (or walk or move or lie on the floor)
• If you’ve been moving around a lot, stop, be still.
• If you’ve been eating a lot, stop eating for a while (and vice versa)
• You get the idea…

2. Mind ~ Thought Watching
• You are not your thoughts.
• It is a practice to create some space between you and what you are thinking.
• Watch what you think and how you interact with yourself and others in your head
• The (free) Insight Timer App has a variety of thought-watching practices that are helpful to me.
This one is a short clear simple practice for mediators of all ages
◦ This is another one on connecting with thought

3. Heart ~ Emotional Intelligence and Articulation
• For most of us (me definitely included), our emotional vocabulary is largely limited to “mad,” “sad,” “glad,” and “afraid.” Beyond that, we can rarely identify what we are feeling.
• The more easily I can articulate my own emotional state, the more easily I can make choices around my own emotional state (do I want to stay here or shift?) and the more easily I can communicate my experience to people around me (e.g., “I feel discouraged about this project.”)
• Dr. Marc Brackett, the author of the book Permission to Feel, has developed a simple and helpful app called The Mood Meter which offers a way of building emotional vocabulary, gain insights about your inner life, and track how your emotional state might be shifted and how it might be influencing your decisions. I’ve been using it for a week and I love how it’s connecting me to me.

For today’s ajna practice, please do share how you are using it and how these tools are working for you (or not!). The more we share with each other, the more we support each other.

~~~ Music Credits ~~~
Title song for Dancing Water Daily:
Kate’s Waltz 3:44 Bad Snacks, YouTube Audio Library

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Help me to continue to create Dancing Water Daily practices! No matter how far apart we are physically, we are all connected. The path that we all move along together is held by an Invisible Net of Love that is always there even if we can’t see it. The Dancing Water Daily practices is my thread in that net. Please support my work by offering a donation so I can keep creating these practices for you. With your generous support, I can continue to invest in making these classes available to anyone who can benefit. Please click here https://paypal.me/SusanMcCulley?locale.x=en_US to be part of the Dancing Water Daily Net of Love. And please “Send to a Friend” to avoid PayPal fees! Suggested donation: $5 a class or $15 a week ~ and truly, any amount helps enormously.

Shout outs to this week’s generous donors Pam Beard and Marion Robbins! A thousand thanks, friends! Together we can extend this Net of Love to reach everyone who needs it.

AND if, like me, your finances are akimbo, I get it. Another way to help is to share these video practices. Send a link to a friend! Post it on social media! Help spread the word about nourishing movement and moving together apart.
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PLEASE CONNECT!
Keep the connective tissue of our community healthy! Please:
• leave comments on the Facebook videos and share them with friends
• subscribe to my YouTube channel (it’s FREE, of course), like, comment and share them
• subscribe, comment and share these blog posts
• email me at sjmnia@gmail.com with ideas and suggestions for what would be of the most help and support in these days

THIS WEEK’S DANCING WATER DAILY PRACTICES ~ Connection in a Time of Disconnection
Monday, Apr 27 ~ Nourishing Movement at Dancing Water: Connection in a Time of Disconnection ~ find it here https://youtu.be/wLCDGlSGXL8
Tuesday, Apr 28 ~ Nourishing Movement at Dancing Water: Connection & Loneliness ~ find it here https://youtu.be/slPir1e9foM
Wednesday, Apr 29 ~ Moon River Restorative Yoga: Don’t Social Distance from Yourself ~ find it here https://youtu.be/WPX4DPF-F7s
Thursday, Apr 30 ~ Dharma Dance from Dancing Water: Connect by Giving Yourself ~ find it here https://youtu.be/9tjid0cu4ko
Friday, May 1 ~ All Out, All You Dance Party from Dancing Water ~ find it here https://youtu.be/rwzWfSzDJGM
Saturday, May 2 ~ Ajna (Self-Guided) Practice ~ find it here
Sunday, May 3 ~ Moon River Restorative Yoga

I love to hear from you and have been loving all the comments and emails I’ve been getting from you! Please keep them coming: reach out with email or a comment and let me know how you’re doing and how I can help more!
Until soon, my friends!
Love

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