Hello and welcome to episode 25 of grounded in stillness. This is one I have personally enjoyed and I think the title explains my silence.
This relaxation is designed to provide you with that time to be alone, not in a negative way to escape, but instead to connect to your thoughts and your feelings.
To maybe allow you to process things you didn’t realise needed processing and to give you the opportunity to be exactly as you need to be. That could be to smile, cry or even release some anger and that is ok.
I know for one, I sometimes just need that space alone where I feel safe to think and feel exactly how I need in that moment, some moments will be pure joy and happiness, others will be sadness and the need to cry.
Wherever this relaxation takes you remember it is ok to be exactly as you are, my voice will guide you though and hopefully you feel calmer, grounded and able to be kind to yourself.
So find yourself a comfortable position to relax in, sitting or laying the choice is yours.
Adjust your shoulders, adjust your hips.
Allow your eyes to softly close.
Jaw to relax.
Lips to slightly part if you wish.
Allow yourself to breathe in whichever way is more comfortable for you.
In through the nose, out through the nose.
In through the nose, out through the mouth.
In through the mouth, out through the mouth.
Take a few moments to find your most comfortable way to breathe.
Just breathe in, just breathe out.
Allow your breath to ground you in this exact moment.
To how your body rests in place.
To how your face feels, to how your upper body feels, to how your lower body feels.
Then observe how your chest rises on the in breath, how your chest falls on the out breath.
How these few moments to be alone allow you to connect to your breath.
To the simple act of breathing.
Then give yourself permission to be alone with your mind, with your thoughts.
Do you observe thought after thought?
Or is there space between the thoughts. The stillness between the thoughts may feel like a welcome break from your busy day.
Perhaps you notice no thoughts at all. However your mind chooses to be in this exact moment is ok.
No judgement, no need to change who you are.
Observe how your mind is today.
Then as you breathe and observe you might notice your mind begin to change. Thoughts might slow or even speed up.
Enjoy the rare opportunity to see how your mind works when you are consciously aware but allowing yourself to be alone with your mind. To allow your mind to do whatever it wants.
Because sometimes being grounded in stillness is not about the absence of thoughts, but the awareness and acceptance of thoughts.
When you have those moments to be alone and for your mind to be however it wants.
Just breathe, just be alone with your thoughts and the feelings they create.
It is ok to let go of emotions with our thoughts.
When we can be alone with our thoughts, we can sometimes begin to process them, we allow ourselves the time to know what is going on in our head. Not to escape from it but to just be with it.
Now bring your attention to your body.
How your body is positioned in place.
How your body feels in place.
What your body feels.
Enjoy your breath and allow your body to be exactly how it wants to be.
Maybe it’s still, maybe it slightly shakes, maybe it feels so heavy you couldn’t move even if you wanted to.
Allow your body to do whatever it needs. Even if it is just time to be still.
Right now is the time you have taken for yourself to be exactly how you need to be.
The safety of being alone to just let go.
Enjoy a few more moments and how this time alone has made you feel and think.
Gently take one more deep breath in, deep breath out.
Allow your breath to return to its natural rhythm.
Gently wiggle your fingers and your toes.
Slowly open your eyes.
Thank you for listening.