The intent here is to share some possibly helpful resources. That said, please, as always, use your own discernment when using any of these resources. Happy exploring…
Honey of the Week:
Centered on a friendship between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the documentary Mission: Joy was produced and co-directed by Peggy Callahan while its real life complement, The Big Joy Project, is an experiment in “citizen science.” She and Dr. Elissa Epel, vice chair of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, talk about how both point the way to more joy in our everyday lives.
You'll also find a 7-Day Happiness Challenge on The Big Joy Project website you can participate in.Listen to Podcast
What is an Embodiment Practice?
An embodiment practice is a method of using the unique sensations of our body as a tool to develop awareness, stay present, self-regulate, feel whole, find balance, feel connected, know ourselves, love ourselves and be empowered.
In this article, you can read an account of the experience of Embodiment Practices from another practitioner. As the Patzel so aptly puts it: “As a human race, we have moved far away from the wisdom of our bodies. It’s not exactly something that we are being taught at school, either. We mostly live in our minds, consumed by data, starving ourselves of true satisfaction and the joy of being alive…”
Our bodies hold the key to an abundance of untapped power, wisdom and joy.Read Full Article
Qigong Daily Practice - Eight Pieces of Silk Brocade
This 20-minute video led by the beaming Judy Young, presents "Eight Pieces of Silk Brocade", a series of ancient Chinese qigong exercises. Practiced daily, it can slow down the aging process and improve health. Lots of info and versions of this practice are available online, but I find this one by Ms. Young to be super accessible. It’s also a great way to synchronize body, breath and mind.
I’ve been doing this gentle practice every morning since the beginning of the Pandemic and it’s been a huge gift. A great way to wake up the body, stimulate the organs, regulate my breathing and connect with the energies of the earth, cosmos and my own being. I also love the birdsongs in the background and the fact that all the instructions are presented as subtitles as opposed to being spoken.Play Video