The Magnetic Series #2: Learning to Honor my Body
LAYER #2 // BODY
You won't believe this, but just after I sent you that email on Thursday about taking time for yourself to be still and silent, all the power went out in my house (!!!)
We've lived here for almost 3 years and this has never happened before.
I had just begun responding to your sweet messages sharing your interest in joining Magnetic this year and the ways in which you were planning on taking a sacred moment for yourself ... (loved them all BTW!) ... then, everything went dark.
First I panicked and said to Ben, noooo, I have so much to do right now!
I aimlessly walked around my house not really knowing what to do with myself.
No email, no phone (cell tower), no writing, no texting, no social media, no podcasts, no movies, no music, no cooking... no lights. Hmmm, what's a modern gal to do?
While standing in my living room holding my kitten Beau, I finally got it.
Ohhhhhhh. Haha, a taste of my own medicine. Well played, Universe. Well played.
I decided to surrender to this unique opportunity to go within myself, deep into the silence, vis-a-vis my body.
Body is layer #2 of the Magnetic methodology because it's such a deep and intimate aspect of what it means to be a woman. In the program Magnetic I'm offering this fall Oct.16-Dec. 4, we're focus on connecting, nourishing and healing our relationship to our bodies through awareness and ancient self-care rituals.
As the night went on, my whole being slowed down and time disappeared.
I curled up on my couch and watched the trees sway outside the window as the sun went down. My eyes softened as I took in the twilight hue.
My breath got deeper and my shoulders relaxed. I lit candles. My thoughts became less, and I could feel more.
I took a bath with healing salts and essential oils + a vegan choco ice cream bar (yup, no lie) and savored the contrast of the hot on my skin, and cold on my lips.
I massaged warm oils into my skin, consciously pouring love and gratitude into parts of my body that have been overworked and uncared for in the past weeks.
As I dropped into my body, I opened myself to the depth and pleasure of the present moment.
To be honest, having a respectful, loving relationship to my body hasn't always been easy. It's something I've been cultivating over the last 6 years as a way of healing from an eating disorder and trauma in my late teens and early 20s.
I didn't realize how hateful and disconnected to my body I was until I spent more time listening to her.
It's hard to drop into our body – because we're always in our heads.
Thoughts move a mile a minute, but the body is attuned with the rhythms of nature and the cycles of the moon – it has it's own wisdom.
Listening to my body is how I magnetized my partner Ben. I literally danced him into being during a yoga dance teacher training in Costa Rica.
It's how I make business decisions, and how I manifest my visions.
Magnetism isn't a "doing," it's a frequency we attune to when we are connected to the ancient wisdom that lives within our bodies. This is definitely one of the perks of being a woman : ) It's too good to miss!
Has there been a time in your life when you've listened to your body and something good has come from it?
I invite you to listen deeply to your body in the next 24 hours and see what you notice. What does it need? What is it trying to tell you? What is 1 small way you can connect with and honor your body before the week starts again?
Would love to hear from you as always : )
PS. I have a beautiful video poem to share with you in the next few days that Ben and I created together at Burning Man – keep your eye out!