(Photos today from the Andes. This are the scenes we see from 14,000 feet when we make our 4-hour journey to the airport in Guayaquil, Ecuador.)
How are you all feeling? Are you feeling the weight of the world these days? This world of headlines. And shootings. And ISIS. And planes going down. And attacks right and left. And refugee families. And hate for humanity. And continued inequality for so, so many. 🙁
In my lifetime, it feels there has never been a more pressing time for LOVE and ONENESS with each other globally. There has never been a time when passivity and silence are no longer passable options. This is a time for outreach to the vulnerable; for us to see others as our own; for our voices to be heard; for our light to shine; for us each individually to send our vibration of LOVE into this world. It feels as though our current and future generations depend on it.
To vibrate with love, my friends, I’ve learned it takes INNER HEALING FIRST. It takes INNER PEACE.
Because how can you have the energy to help another when your energy is already drained completely by facing your own life? How can you use your voice if you do not have self worth that can stand alone? How can you feel at one with bold, courageous Love if you are crippled by fear? How can you contribute to world peace if you, yourself, are consumed with hate or anger or aggravation towards any human being?
There was a time in my life when I couldn’t do ANY of these things.
Today, may I suggest a ritual that can help us all to heal, deeply. And if it helps you, trust me that it will help to heal the world, too.
It’s called A ‘Healing Hour’.
Danny and I have been doing this as often as we can for the last few months. We learned about it from our wonderful holistic practitioners. It’s ideally one hour a day set aside for YOUR INNER HEALING. It’s designed to help you to face this world with arms wide open. Selfish, one might think? A full hour? Really?
Yes. Because this world needs our peace.
Yes. Because our ability to love courageously depends on our inner strength.
Yes. Because our emotional stress and fatigue will lead to disease of the mind and body.
Yes. Because it can transform our marriages, our families, our work.
Yes. Because there’s only so much news and screen time a person can take.
Here’s what I’ve done recently during my Healing Hour:
–Meditation. This is no joke. It seriously can change the state of your energy in 10-15 minutes. Research is proving this again and again. But I think it’s helpful to find the type of meditation that speaks to you. (It’s like finding the right therapist. 🙂 Personally, I get the most fully engaged and moved by guided meditations with music. My favorites currently are meditations by Belleruth Naperstak. And I’m dabbling with the Oprah & Deepak Chopra 21 Day Meditations. I know others prefer silent meditation, like the teachings of Vipassana (which I also HIGHLY recommend.)
-Yoga. We’re still doing the free Youtube classes with Lesley Fightmaster, who is completely lovely. Our bodies have never felt better and we always feel so centered and full of intention and love when we do it. Sidenote: Her classes should be called “Love Your Butt Yoga” because it won’t be long before you will love your butt. Not a bad side effect of The Healing Hour. 🙂
-Quiet Time. This one is recommended for 30 minutes a day. It’s a time to rest with no input or output. I mean – 30 minutes. This one is HARD for me. Which means I probably need it the most.
-Music. I’m so deeply moved and healed by music – especially when it has a powerful vibration. Sometimes I just sit and close my eyes and soak it in. My retreat guests know these are two of my favorite healing songs: Mother Divine (Devi Prayer) and a mantra song called Ong So Hung, which means: “That Creative and Divine Force…I Am That.” Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
-Essential Oils. I’m trying to use oils more often for aromatherapy, as a way to ground myself. I’ve been using Frankincense and Palo Santo during meditation and yoga. Rose or Orange Blossom (Neroli) all day every day because they’re my favorites. Lavender for moments of relaxation. Orange or Lemon, for rejuvenation. We are actually now offering essential oils through dōTERRA! We’d be so happy to help you start your own essential oil collection. Just order at that link (membership is optional for 25% off- for membership go to “Join & Save.”) And if you have any questions, write us at email@example.com. XO
-Deep Tissue Massage & Body Work. Touch is SO healing to me! And, well, massages are very affordable in Ecuador ($20 or $30). So I’ve added this into my routines as well as some trigger point body therapy that is supposed to help align the body and release any emotional blockages in energy flow. I literally feel like a cloud after one of these treatments.
-Sitting in the Sun for 20 minutes (for Vit. D). Gah! This is one of my favorite things to do now! I swear, I barely saw the sun for over a decade while sitting at my desk and scurrying around amidst skyscrapers. So now I’m trying to make up for it. And that 20 minutes of sun seems to go straight to the bone. I’d say it’s done wonders for my wellness!
–Brain Hemisphere Synchronization. This one is brand new to me and it’s actually one of my favorite things on this list! You listen to specific sound waves. And they help to synchronize the two brain hemispheres, helping you to be happier, more optimistic, clear minded and more energized. I’ve been listening to this one (by Robert Monroe) with headphones and I can’t believe what an effect it has.
–Sauna/Steam Bath. There’s a hot spring spa that we go to here with hot pools, saunas, etc. (Similar to the Korean or Turkish Baths in NYC.) I feel RELAXED FROM HEAD TO TOE when we go.
And all this from a girl who used to work an insane amount of hours in NYC with hardly a second dedicated to health or well being.
A few readers said this about their self care rituals:
- Terrel: “Rocking chairs on the front porch can do a body good.” Ah, yes!
- Rebecca: “I take Essential Oil Baths. Perfect to cleanse, meditate, and relax. I use the Serenity Oil from Doterra.” My dream. By far one of my favorite things to do.
- Quinne: “I don’t think you’d like my ideas of binge watching Netflix and drinking Diet Coke. :)” Haha. Love it. That’s a start.
OK, friends, are you in? Do you want to try this? Does it seem impossible or guilt inducing? What would you love to do for an hour? Write a comment below and let us know. Even if you pulled this off once or twice a week, it would be an amazing thing. Certainly our bodies and minds need this. And the world needs us. So how about this: let’s support each other in doing this. When you do a #HealingHour, take a quick pic to email to me so I can share it with the community here.
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