Last night I came home after work instead of going to my monthly woman’s circle because my body was telling me I needed to rest. Since I have been focusing on Self-Love, I was mindful to listen to my body rather than push through.
I’ve begun weekly trainings in Chi Gung, which is increasing my ability to be mindful of the energy of my body, and the life force energy all around me. Today Master Mington Gu spoke about the difference between “taking a break” and “resting”. Although the movements of Chi Gung look simple and don’t seem strenous, I, and many others in the class have had to make adjustments, or modify the movements. Rather than taking a break, which would involve the action of putting it aside, or stopping it to do something else; taking a rest has a completely different connotation.
We are instructed to put our hands on our Don Tien (stomach area) and imagine receiving the energy in the room. We can also sit or stand with hands crossed over our navels while we imagine going through the movements. In this way, resting is a form of increasing our energy, or life force through mindfulness. It requires staying with the activity at hand either through the imagination, or the intention of resting in the energy.
Without knowing it, I was practicing this type of rest last night. Rather than “taking a break” from my women’s circle, I came home and rested, and tried to feel their energy. I imagined them lighting the candles, sitting in quiet meditation, and sharing their lives in turn by picking up and putting down the talking stick.
A continuous life lesson for me is to slow down, and not “do” so much. This many times leaves me feeling like I’m missing out. I’m not a natural “rester”; I’m more of a “doer”. It’s been my intention for many years to be a human “being” rather than a human “doing”, but it’s still a challenge for me. From now on I will try to remember that I can imagine what it is I’ve wanted to do, and feel the energy from it, while resting my body.
You can visit my Self–Love website to find out more about the Love Warrior Community. It will launch this week. You can also visit Daylle Deanna Schwartz’ website to take the 31 Days of Self–Love Challenge and to receive her free e–book, How Do I Love Me? Let Me Count The Ways.
Michelle Minero is a licensed marriage family therapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery. She created an intensive outpatient eating disorder program in 2000, brought ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc.) to Petaluma shortly after and founded EDRS (Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc.), a Marin and Sonoma County based 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2005. In 2011, Michelle co-founded the Love Warrior Community with her daughter, Emelina, an online community that helps people cultivate self-love, self-acceptance and body acceptance through creative expression. Michelle is finishing her book, Self-Love: The Only Diet That Works, and her dream is to see a world filled with people who love themselves and their bodies. Connect with Michelle on Facebook and Twitter and help spread the Self-Love Movement!