You deserve a hug for all the things you do for so many people. You may be surprised when I tell you who the best person is to give you this hug. It’s you! There’s no better time to get your hug, than right now. Good, bad, or indifferent, this week is coming to a close. It’s only hours away from being over. How about throwing the whole week behind you and allowing this Shabbat to be the start of something new. Can you envision it? Really experiencing each new moment as it comes, without the added narration of past disappointments or projections and fears of what may happen in the future? I say, let’s go for it. Let’s take the leap of faith together. Release your grip on old patterns of behavior. If you think about it, you’ll agree, those habits aren’t benefiting you anyway.
Here’s a simple Mind/Body exercise you can do to clear out your subconscious cobwebs and stagnant energy:
1- Stand tall, with your feet hip distance apart.
2- Give yourself a big hug.
3- Inhale, as you open your arms as wide as you can, throwing your arms behind you.
4- Exhale, as you close your arms, embracing yourself once again.
5- Repeat #2 thru #4, for a cycle of 8 repetitions.
For a bigger lift to your spirits, add the following variations:
1- Go as slow as you can, with your arm movements and breathing.
2- Turn your head to the right as you inhale.
3- Turn your head to the left as you exhale.
If you’re feeling really brave, you might try adding some words to your movements:
1- Say the word “big,” as you open your arms.
2- Say the word “thanks,” as you close your arms.
3- Giving yourself, “big thanks!”
You can even mix and match the variations or make up your own. Just remember to always be gentle with yourself. The object is to show a little appreciation to yourself, not get stressed out. After all, even though we never take the time to do it, thanking ourselves for all that we do, may be the most important gift of gratitude.
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Marissa Anteby is a wife, and a mother of 4 children. Her company www.embodyinc.com hosts holistic exercise classes in Cycling, Pilates, and Yoga, in cities throughout New York and New Jersey. Marissa maintains more than 10 wellness related certifications, including Reiki Massage, and Thai Yoga Massage. http://embodyinc.blogspot.com/p/marissa-antebys-bio.html