Welcome to day eighteen of 28 days of Self-Love.
Let’s continue to cultivate the habit of Self-Love through creativity, breath, and gratitude.
the quality of bending easily without breaking.
- Music Inspiration: Glass Animals – Black Mambo
- Day 18 Exercise: Be Flexible: mind/body/spirit
For today’s exercise, we are going to explore more about Yoga. If you have never taken a yoga class before, I suggest you find a local studio and take a vinyasa flow class, yoga 101, hot yoga, or ashtanga-based class. Although yoga has grown in popularity during recent years (in the U.S.) it has been hybridized and many different things have resulted from this. It has almost become too trendy and touted as a mere fitness routine.
While the practice of yoga can indeed be beneficial for your health and fitness it goes far beyond flexibility of the body and what most associate with when they hear the word: yoga. The practice of yoga is a mind, body, spirit healing practice. It is a transformative practice that helps keep the spine as flexible as the mind and calm the incessant internal chatter that can be detrimental to our subconscious mind.
So if you know of a reputable instructor or studio in your area I encourage you to try to schedule a few classes for your overall well-being and expansion of mind/body growth.
If that’s not possible for you or you’d rather explore a little on your own first that’s completely understandable as well. I have a subscription to Gaia which is a wonderful resource for yoga and meditation videos (not to mention an entire library of additional alternative programming). There are also many other apps and places on the web to find beneficial yoga instruction.
Maybe you already practice and if so, bravo! Keep it up. I began a personal weekly practice a year ago and cannot even begin to explain all the ways it has changed my life for the betterment of my personal growth and soul path.
So for today take a class or find a video online that you align with and set aside some time to connect with your breath and root into the space you occupy and enjoy.
- Day 18 Create: Experimental Poetry
Here is a good article explaining Experimental Poetry. Think e e cummings and his iconic avant-garde style that he is notoriously known for, though he began with traditional roots steeped in classical poetic forms.
Take any form you like and then begin to play around with all the components. Be flexible here. ;) Just create.
Here is my creative work as a result of today’s exercise:
Experimental Poetry: Dissolution
I breathe the moonlight
& I’ve aband
Love and Ink,
I invite you to share your poems in the comment section below or link to a blog or personal website. Read and comment on others. Introduce yourselves. Get involved. I’m excited to see what all you lovely souls have created.
Be flexible in life. Breathe. Be fully present. See you back here tomorrow with another day of Self-Love.