Hello precious ones,
I do hope you are navigating your days with health, hope, and a semblance of happiness! I know times are tough for many so remember you are not alone. Thanks for being part of Embody and taking time to read this newsletter. It is my wish for it to serve you each and every week.
Who among us these days is not experiencing some new or added amount of stress, worry, confusion, anxiety?... the list could continue. Probably no one unless you live in a cave, monastery, or on a private island. So if that, in fact, is true for most, let's focus on the solutions. What emotions and ways of being would be preferable to you? How about peace of mind and an overall sense of calm, centered groundedness? Sounds pretty sweet to me. In my personal practices, that is what I strive for each day. Am I there all the time, even most of the time... nope. But there are moments; sweet pockets of awareness that is only in the present & that is magic. The sweet spot where all seems like it not only will be okay but it IS better than okay.
Mindfulness, in its basic sense, is being in the present moment without judgment. There is no guilt, shame, regret, or bitterness that can often spring up when ruminating on the past. The future is free of anxiety, what if, or what is going to happen to me. This is a powerful state of being.
The benefits of mindfulness are vast. You can lower your blood pressure, stress, anxiety, and increase levels of patience, creativity, and energy just to name a few.
Resilience is simply grit. It's not giving up or shutting down in the face of adversity or struggle. When you are resilient you know you won't shatter. Life cannot paralyze you or put you into a deer in headlights moment.
Mindfulness and resilience are a powerful combination. They are like a muscle that needs to be worked regularly to keep healthy, strong, and functional. There is a dedication involved; a commitment to your own health and wellbeing. And it's an almost foolproof guarantee that when you take action you will feel more powerful, in control and able to regain personal agency over your life. In short, you will be the author of your life, not the victim of your circumstance. Sound good?
Join me this week for our weekly gathering on Embody's facebook page. Our practice will offer tools to help enhance your mindfulness and resilience. I hope you can join me.
Health, happiness, & community,
Driveway Concert featuring Chris Bursley benefiting Comprehensive Therapy Center
What: An outdoor, socially distanced, acoustic guitar performance benefiting CTC, a local non-profit that helps individuals with disabilities walk, talk, learn, and play so they can read and write!
When: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 @ 7pm
Where: Grand Rapids, near the FM Gardens (address when you register)
Learn more: https://therapycenter.org/news/driveway-concerts/
How to register: https://forms.gle/k2bdbdkukUeqL6Nj6
Embody Weekly Virtual Practice with Dana
When: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - hosted on Embody's Facebook page
3:30PT | 6:30ET
“The EmbodyGR community embraces and supports, says ‘yes you can’ when the noisy inner voice says, ‘no you can’t’ – Kari Wilson, Community Member