Special note: I write this after having published the following piece. When the writing appeared in finished form, all former typographical issues had disappeared! I nonetheless chose to print the suggestions below, as they seem to have been bidden from beyond…
As readers will immediately notice, something has gone awry with the typeface and point size of text. While I await instructions from Word Press on how to rectify this issue, today’s planned post will be delayed.
In the meantime, here are some suggestions for when the “best laid plans” take a tumble:
- Practice patience with Shunya Mudra: Touch the middle finger and thumb tips together on both hands. Extend the arms up and out to 60-degree angles, as if forming a large V overhead; mudras are intact, with the palms facing toward each other. Add a frustration-fighting breath to this position: Through a curled tongue (like a straw extended out through the lips), inhale; then, retract the tongue, close the mouth, and exhale through the nose. Continue, eyes closed and gazing at the Third Eye, for 3 minutes.
- Chose a circular movement pattern, and move it counter-clockwise. (For example, you may stand with arms to the sides at shoulder level: Turn in circles, like a helicopter. Or, standing or sitting, circle the torso to the left. You could also make figure eights with your arms or hands, moving from the shoulders or wrists, respectively.) It is as if you are purposely going against the grain: As you move in the “wrong” direction, contemplate the situational roadblock. Breathe deeply, fueling the obstacle, which may feel counter-intuitive to the desire to correct the issue. Keep moving and breathing, drawing attention and energy to the circumstance, for 1-2 minutes. Then, stop suddenly: Inhale long and deep through the nose; exhale powerfully from the back of the throat through open mouth. Repeat twice. Then, reverse the circular motion (now moving clockwise, to the right), which will clear the path for progress toward your goal. Continue for 3 minutes.
- Finally, take yourself away from the physical space where the obstacle has arisen. In the case of this morning’s technological glitch, my recourse upon signing off today will be to go outside for a walk. Whenever you have exhausted efforts to correct a problem, take a break: In the time away, energy will shift, in you and with regard to the particular circumstance. In your respite, breathe consciously, chant a favorite mantra or hum a tune, and focus on the surroundings you have chosen for a short retreat.
- Happy Sunday…