Soft Centre

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Let’s go there, that gentle soft centre, the heart. 

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Our heads is where we make many decisions and choices that guide our sacred life. 

Our head is where our thoughts reside, they consume us, spirally, turbulent and forever constant. 

Our thoughts can be reckless, full of ego and desperate for longing. 

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Let’s go there, that gentle soft centre, the heart. 

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We see cracks underneath us break, we want to hold on, hold onto thoughts that keep us still, that keep us stuck in the earth.

We find it hard to fall, for there lies vulnerability, exposure and discomfort. 

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Let’s go there, that gentle soft centre, the heart. 

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We are all in this space, healing what has scarred or broken us.

We all have a story. We all have a past. We bring what had unconsciously hurt us to situations, new relationships, new beginnings.

But, this hurt can shift, it can change. 

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Let’s go there, that gentle soft centre, the heart. 

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Our heads hold onto things that don’t serve us. It’s tight. But when we let go, when we release, we can dissolve and breathe. 

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Let’s go there, that gentle soft centre, the heart. 

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When we live by our heart, it’s brave, it’s courages, and bold. Something ignites within us.

We know for certain that our heart is kind, caring and supportive.

We know for certain that our heart holds the key to love. Love in all forms.

When we enter this space, our head dissolves, our heart is the driver and love grows. 

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Let’s go there, that gentle soft centre, the heart. 

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You can feel yourself drop in, afraid of what will be revealed, but your ready. You’re ready to feel light, to feel beautiful. You’re ready to hold yourself, to support yourself and to love yourself. 

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Let’s go there, that gentle soft centre, the heart. 

SARAH x

MINDFUL MOMENTS

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I receive a lot of questions about how to calm children down before bed time. Truth is, 2 - 3 year olds are energetic beings and we don't want to stop them from expressing who they are and sometimes those moments before bed can be spent running after them! 

If you are new parents I would start creating your mindful moment now. By the smells, sound and touch, they will know it's time to sleep.  When your kids are little older they can also help create it with you! 

I have listed a few ideas below :

- Turn off all electronics at least 25 - 45 minutes before sleep time

- Dim the lighting 

- Light a candle + incense (lavender supports sleep) 

- Put on some nice slow meditative music 

- Close your eyes with kids. Lie down with them and close your eyes all together 

- Practice breath work (see breathing videos)

- Saying good night to any crystals or toys you have  

- You could place glowing stars (or foil) on the roof at every moment

- Use a singing bowl to symbolise mindful moment time

- Then place the singing bowl on the belly (like above picture) and let the chime ring through their little bodies all the way up to their heart. 

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When you're creating these moments, you also have to be calm and present. Kids know when you're faking it folks! 

Two year olds learn by repetition. If you've seen a two year old go down the slide 10 times in row this means their actually making solid pathways in their memory to remember the action. So these beautiful mindful moments are to be created every night - repeat repeat repeat! 

And totally enjoy it. This is a time for you to connect with you little one, with no distractions and in a warm and loving environment. 

Let me know how you go! 

SARAH X

 

SENSATIONS

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From a young age, I always loved the sense touch.

I remember very fondly that I used to cuddle up with my Papa on the couch and he would put his arm around me and run his fingers up my arm. It felt so comforting, loving. And sometimes I would close my eyes to really feel it. I was reminded of these childhood sensation, when a boyfriend of mine caressed my arm whilst watching a movie. I was taken right back to those moments in my Papa's arms.  Why hadn't I thought of this until now, some 30 years later. 

Before language, we have sensation. We have touch, feel, smell, sight. This is how we learn how to love. We learn by watching and feeling it. And as we get a little older, we find our words and we learn how to feel all the senses simultaneously, and we forget our most important sense, touch. 

I believe that connection with our kids, even through my yoga sessions, is vital for their development. We want our kids to feel protected and to know what feels good and what doesn't. Encouraging touch, is a gift we give to our kids. It shouldn't be shunned upon or shameful. It should be celebrated, because in most cases, it's a expression of love. 

Let's teach our kids what feels good and what doesn't. Teach them how to describe the feeling,  'is it soft?', Or 'is it hard?', 'do you feel uneasy?' or 'do you feel light?'.  It's an important development step towards identity, body awareness and consent. 

Sensations are beautiful. And maybe now, after reading this, you are reminded of a loving touch you once had.

Sensation Game ; Have them close their eyes or you can blindfold them. Have a collection of different textures with you; e.g. feather, brush, ice, coconut oil etc. Ask them to describe the feeling. Then get them to do it to you! Fun for everyone! 

SARAH X