Connecting with yourself

How much time do you spend with yourself? I’m talking quality time where there is stillness.
I think this saying sums up the newsletter for this month

WITHIN YOU THERE IS A STILLNESS AND SANCTUARY TO WHICH YOU CAN RETREAT AT ANY TIME AND BE YOURSELF.                     SIDDHARTHA

Clients who visit me in my practice are often so flat out juggling there life’s that they have forgotten how to “get in touch with the creative core of life” When they do it gives them so much peace and contentment.
Deepak Chopra lists 6 practical ways so you can consciously connect with yourself. Start nurturing yourself and getting to know yourself, your true being.
1.Connect and enjoy silence : Everyday just stop and meditate 15 to 30 minutes. Finding your core of silence recharges you back up. Silence is also a great teacher but you must pay attention
2.Spending time in nature: Your body’s cells are exquisitely attuned to the cycles of the moon, sun and stars. When you drink in nature through your senses this invisible connection is strengthened.
3.Experiencing and trusting emotions: Start a journal to start listening and trusting your emotions

4.Remain Centered amid chaos: A real skill to have. To be able to find your centre when its hectic and stressful. Stop and find a quiet place and do I dare suggest the bathroom if you have no where else. Pay attention to your breathing, slow it down and listen to it. Its very simple but discharges negative energy.

5.Being Childlike: Give yourself permission to play and be like a child. They know how to be present and in the moment.
6.Practicing nonattachment: finding your freedom. Being unattached means that you are free from outside influences that overshadow your real self. You answer to you and your inner voice.

Connecting with yourself, with your core takes time and commitment but a journey well worth venturing on.

Journal Work
I’m a big believer of journal work. This is writing in your journal preferably daily about the emotions you have experienced during the day. Being genuinely in touch with your emotions tends to be difficult with the pace of life these days. In this modern busy world its easy to repress and escape feelings as they arise. There is nothing more important than experiencing your feelings.
Start with writing down your feelings in some detail.
How did it make you feel, negative or positive emotions. For example happiness, trust, forgiveness, guilt, sorrow to name a few.
what were the circumstances that triggered the emotions.
What have you learnt about yourself
What would you do differently next time.
The journal will become your best friend. If you take your journal seriously you will be amazed at how many diverse emotions you have during the day.