Denise* and I worked together over many years.
We met every six weeks online and her main goal was to decrease the pain in her left hip.
She is a great example of what I want to share with you this week.
Denise was full of energy! She was extremely motivated to exercise daily and complete her home exercises.
There were times when I would ask her to do less physical activity as she was like the energizer bunny...she just kept going and going.
Denise had some real struggles in her personal life. She was the primary care giver for a home bound parent which carried a lot of responsibilities and energy. She lived alone and unfortunately experienced a major housing crisis that impacted her whole world. She had no control of the fix nor the timing of the renovations. On top of that, she had daily pain in her hip.
She was exhausted.
One day while on Zoom, I realized that she was running on empty.
Her energy was zap, zilch, gone. She was drawn and sitting in a slouched posture, almost like she wasn’t even able to hold herself up.
The zest that was normally present for physical activity was gone.
She wasn't sleeping well and looked very, very tired.
I invited her to come into her favourite position, legs up the wall, where you place your bum close to the baseboard and then let the legs be supported up by the wall. She could settle in that position and I invited her to just rest.
After some twitches and wiggles, Denise finally settled and I could see that her breath was also calming down.
Through a guided rest and rejuvenation sleep meditation, I guided her through a series of ways she could connect to her body and breath. Her mind was able to perceive and absorb what I was saying which helped her fall deeper and deeper into rest.
Denise didn’t have to do anything physical.
She simply allowed herself to be guided into a deeper and deeper rest.
After the meditation, she slowly came back to a seated position and faced the Zoom camera.
The deflation and lethargy had lifted. Her body was now upright and light.
She looked me straight in the eye and said how wonderful she felt. With an expression of gratitude, she thanked me for the meditation and acknowledged how depleted she really was. Denise realized that rest was the only thing that could lift her energy.
Life is hard.
It can drain us to near depletion.
Sometimes we run (literally) through this world and never give ourselves rest.
Is that you?
Are your living on an empty tank?
Has life drained you of your vitality?
If so, I invite you to consider how you can fill your tank back up.
I would like to help you with that.
One of the parts I love about my job is helping people fill up their tank. Sometimes it is with physical activity and at other times it is with rest.
Isn’t it amazing how two things that we might think are on opposite sides of a spectrum actually can do the same thing???
Physical activity AND rest can both build our vitality!
So, I’ve got something for you. A new 10 minute video for you to explore a rest and rejuvenation sleep meditation. Find a comfy place to sit or lie down and let my voice guide you the whole way through.
After going through the meditation, have you felt a shift in your system? Maybe a large shift or maybe a subtle shift. Both are good depending on what you need.
And if you want to do more resting with me, consider signing up for my upcoming four week series of rest and rejuvenation sleep meditation at Yoga Within Edmonton starting on October 13.
Click here for more information and to sign up (and yes, it is in person AND on Zoom!)
Stay well and happy moving or resting,
*name changed for confidentiality
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