As you get further into your blessings and ritual deep relaxation practices, you might start noticing something interesting. If you are in a state of worry or are stressing over something, it’s difficult to clear your mind enough to make good decisions. Other stress related symptoms are forgetfulness, constant worry, difficulty sleeping, being grumpy for no apparent reason, to name a few.
When these type of emotional and trying times creep into your life, it’s difficult to do anything effectively, much less your rituals. That’s when you have to make up your mind that you’re going to do it whether or not you feel like it. That was an important lesson for me to learn so naturally I emphasis that piece – do your deep relaxation practices even if you don’t “feel” like it. Doing so makes the rest of your life fall so much more easily into place.Blessings & Rituals • 8 Steps to Deep Relaxation Click To Tweet
The thing is, to get into and enjoy your rituals, you must first achieve a state of deep relaxation through following the right techniques and practices for you. That require research and dedication on your part but here is a sampling of what is possible.
For some, that’s easier said than done – right? I’d like to have a nickel for every time someone told me to “just relax”. So, if relaxing is difficult for you, you’re not alone. But here’s an interesting answer to that challenge for you to explore. One of many, I’m sure. However, I think this deep relaxation exercise is a great place to start.
Gather Your Tools
- Your favorite sofa, bed, or mat on the ground.
- If it’s cold, grab a blanket.
- If you prefer, light your favorite incense.
- First clear the area by burning your sage stick.
Deep Relaxation • Step-by-Step
Step One • Get Comfortable
The first step is to lie down in a comfortable position. Listen to your breathing without purposefully changing anything. Then, slowly close your eyes.
Step Two • Direct Your Thoughts
Now direct your thoughts to your face and the tension that stores itself there. Then, contract your face muscles for about 2 seconds. Finally, relax your face.
Step Three • Think About Your Body
Next, think about your neck, then, tense and relax your neck muscles. Now, continue doing the same thing throughout your entire body.
Go from top to bottom tensing and relaxing your shoulders, upper arms, chest, back, lower arms, and hands. Then, continue down to your abdomen, buttocks, thighs, calves, and feet.
Step Four • Repeat Step Three
Sometimes you need to repeat step three until you are completely relaxed.
Be aware of where your body is lying on the floor or bed. Imagine your energies connecting with the earth below.
Give gratitude for Mother Earth’s support. Ask all the tension in your body to drain into the earth and give thanks for the support.
Step Six • Imaginings of Warmth
Use your imagination to see yourself lying outside under the beautiful warm sun. The sun is sinking its rays deep into your body with its glowing warmth.
Feel the liquid gold rays flowing into and through your body. Imagine the healing power of the sun throughout your body.
Step Seven • Express Gratitude
Express thanks to your body and hug yourself. Promise your body that you will take the time to nourish, exercise, and rest.
Thank the earth for its support and express gratitude to the sun for its warmth.
Step Eight • Ending of Session
Gently begin to stretch and open your eyes to wake yourself back to reality.
Deep Relaxation Tools
Sweet Home Collection 100% Fine Cotton Blanket
Folding Meditation Floor Seat 2 in 1 Set Meditation Pillow
Soy Lavender Vanilla Candle for Stress Relief & Relaxation
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