Hello and welcome to episode 5 of grounded in stillness.
Today we focus on being open.
Open to change, open to how we feel, open to the opinions we form of situations and people.
This relaxation is going to look at using the breath to encourage openness of the mind and body. To enable you to step back from something for a brief moment, to give you time to process, to step away from your usual habits to see situations differently.
If you wish to read a little more about the blog behind this relaxation, head over to groundedinstillness.com.
So find a comfortable position to relax in, be this sitting or laying, the choice is yours.
Adjust your shoulders and your hips, gently close your eyes if you wish.
Slowly become aware of your breath, breathe in and breathe out. Let your arms and legs feel heavy. Give yourself permission to take a few moments to yourself.
Can you begin to relax the mind to be open to taking a few moment to yourself, be selfish to look after you for a change.
Enjoy the slowness of the breath, how nice it feels to be still.
The gentle rise and fall of your chest, feel your chest open as you breathe in and gently close as you breathe out. Who knew that even your body was naturally able to open you up to relaxation, by simply taking a nice deep breath in.
So take a few breaths to focus on how your body feels as you breathe in, the expansion and openness you feel. You may even notice that with the in breath you also feel safe, calm and in control.
Being open is nothing to fear, being open, allows you to see and feel things, exactly as they are in that present moment. To clear the mind of doubts and worries that we create in situations.
Openness allows you to remain calm and grounded to right now, by taking a deep breath in, feel how the chest rises, how it opens up the front of your body, how it allows you to let go of thoughts, to give you that brief moment of stillness as you inhale fully.
Now enjoy a few deep breaths and notice how the gentle movement of your body makes you feel. Do you notice calmness, do you notice space and a chance for your mind to switch off.
Being open allows you to let go fully, to let be, what will be, to no longer fight thoughts or feelings. The openness of your breath gives you permission to notice how you are, to provide you with an opportunity to bring awareness to how you feel, in any given moment.
Then by taking a deep breath in, you can be reminded that it is ok to be open with yourself, to know how you feel in that exact moment in time. Then as you breathe out, you know it is ok to let go, allow yourself to relax and take control of how your body and mind feel in this moment.
Focus completely on your breath. How open you can be as you breathe, notice how openness is a natural part of who you are. You have to open your chest to breathe in, so be open to how that makes you feel in your body and mind.
Notice how you now feel about being open, open to new possibilities, to change, to the idea you can remain calm and completely present, in any situation, when you take a deep breath, and remind yourself to be open.
Openness allows you to relax deeper, to know its ok to let go of tensions or worries. Be open to anything the world has in store for you, because it is not about how a situation exists, it is how you respond to that situation.
Do you being to notice how much your chest expands as you breathe in. Do your body and mind feel a little bit more connected to being open with each other.
Enjoy how relaxed you have become, notice how open and receptive you are to every detail about your body and mind. The deeper awareness you now have of yourself.
Take one more nice deep breath in, and out. Then let your breath return to its natural rhythm. Gently wiggle your fingers and your toes, slowly open your eyes.
Thank you for listening.