The long straight path narrows and turns to skirt a mass of small elegant trees. These trees offer shade to the soil beneath. Shaded earth responds with small clumps of green-leafed plants bedecked with masses of tiny white flowers. Cascading leaves droop from the slender branches. On the outer edges of this copse, leaves dance to a passing breeze. Within all is still.
Your Calling Responds To Relaxation
Although the outer fringes of our lives may be a flurry of activity, by nurturing stillness within, we open to our inner guidance. At this still centre our loving nature is revealed. We are able to tune in to feelings and follow leads that come from our heart. The feelings we receive from the call come from The Source which is both personal and universal. This is marvellous news, as it means we can request guidance and develop our understanding.
So how can we use this guidance to bring love, creativity and healing into our lives? We can choose to nurture these inner promptings by drawing on the calming effect of relaxation, questions and contemplation.
Why not try this the next time you are really frazzled? Find a quiet space where you are undisturbed. Sit in a comfortable chair and gently hold an existing problem from your life. Hold it so gently that you forget it is there. Just sit for a while and absorb the sounds in and around the room. Relax a little.
To deepen your relaxation start from your toes and systematically tense and release each set of muscles in your body. Starting with your toes, pull them in and tense the muscles in your left foot. Hold the tension for five to ten seconds. Let them relax. Do the same with your right foot. Next, tense the muscles in your lower left leg for five to ten seconds and then let them relax. Follow this with the right leg. Continue tensing and releasing each set of muscles, working your way up through your body. End with the muscles in your face.
Once all your muscles are relaxed become aware of your breathing. Notice your stomach and chest rise and fall with each breath. Stay alert and gradually slow your breathing and breathe naturally and deeply. Practising the above will help you to become more relaxed about life. You can enjoy being, instead of doing. We are human beings after all, not human doings!
While you are sitting quietly, do not be surprised if you become aware of gentle, loving feelings and notice ideas that form around these feelings in response to the problem you are gently holding. This is your inner guidance speaking to you! I am sure the ideas you receive from this source will be more relevant to the problems in your daily life and of a much higher quality than your normal frantic ideas. Such ideas don't just help you to cope, they help you to grow.
When we take the time to relax we are more intuitive. Although on rare occasions our calling can speak with loud obvious thoughts, for the most part it speaks to us with quiet gentle promptings. That explains why we do not often hear our inner guidance. Our minds are simply too busy to notice. A busy mind cuts us off from our loving feelings and from the information being sent to us intuitively.
In today's frantic world, when people have problems they rush around and become increasingly stressed as they try to deal with, and solve their many concerns. If only they knew that there is an inexhaustible source of knowledge, wisdom and understanding inside. By taking the time to relax we learn to hear inner guidance.
Can I really relax?
Sitting comfortably I relax my body,
And I slow my breathing.
Slowly, slowly my mind quietens,
Slowly, slowly I begin to relax,
Slowly, slowly I become aware of my feelings.
In quiet and stillness the call speaks to me.