We are hosting a community Instagram Journey for this time where so many of us are choosing to stay home to protect those most vulnerable in our community.
Here’s what we are doing:
INTEGRATION: Daily prompts, exercises, creative tasks and sharing. We will post in the morning sharing that day’s prompt and then following up with a post in the evening so you can share your experience with us in the comments.
GIVEAWAY: We will be giving something away every day. We are hoping a few other creators will join us in sponsoring a day, either in the task portion idea or a product, but we are putting this together rather quickly and in a challenging time so we aren’t sure if/who will want to take part. But fear not, we are covering it no matter what! Things to expect: our decks, book of days, crystals, readings, CBD goodies, raw vegan chocolatey delights, and more!
️INTERACTION: The giveaway portion will be based on your sharing in the comments. We will NOT be requiring you to follow us or tag anyone or follow. Our intention in doing this is to support you all however we can, not about our brand. When we asked you all what you wanted at this time, it was very much about communal sharing, healing and support.
We will be putting the Integration portion on this page every day so for those of you who are not on Instagram, you can access the healing exercises here.
Okay! So for our first day, we are grounding + connecting with the body. There’s lots of ways to do this but read how we are doing it below and swipe for a video if you like visuals. Also, find a Spotify playlist for this exercise in our story post!
During times of stress, anxiety, uncertainty and trauma, the body can feel unsafe. We have lots of stress hormones flooding and we have a tendency to protect ourselves by going “up” into our head. In our head, we try to endlessly analyze what’s happening so we feel safer and know what to expect. The problem here is that in order to heal or feel better, we must re-establish connection with our body.
💕 Place your hands on your chest, close your eyes, and begin breathing into this space. Connect to your heart center, notice what is living here right now, allow it to come up. Stay here as long as you’d like.
✨ Do exactly what you did for your chest, but next on your upper abdomen (solar plexus) and lower belly (sacral).
🌏 You may notice that you struggle to truly connect with one or more places on your body, that’s okay. If this happens, extend your arms above and do the same, but see if it feels easier to do while not directly touching. See video! You may find you need to move your hands closer or further away from your body - follow what you’re feeling.
📝 Write this down in your self-care toolbox and keep it forever!
Pretty simple, grab a piece of paper and writing instruments - if you have variety of colors (ie crayons, markers, colored pencils, etc), use those! If you don’t, no worries.
So we’re going to draw our body - but not how we visually perceive it, but how it feels. Don’t overthink it, it definitely doesn’t need to look pretty or accurate (see slider). You can draw it in stages how I did in picture (I scanned my body feet to head) or you can just draw how it all feels cohesively. There is NO RIGHT OR WRONG! Promise. But if you have questions ask us below! 💕 it doesn’t even have to look like a body, can totally be abstract.
And when you’re done, don’t analyze it yet. If anything comes up for you emotionally, write it down. And just notice what you notice about the drawing....we want to be nonjudgmental and curious about what comes up for us about our bodies.
A note on interpreting: you will always know best, but using Blaire’s as an example above - you may have noticed contraction in my sacral + a very expanded upper abdomen with a block on chest. I am not as connected to my sacral as I am other places...this is where feeling, sensuality, sexuality, creativity. I’m quite creative but I have a difficult relationship with feelings and pleasure, thus the “caving in” aspect here.
I have a tendency to store everything in my solar plexus (that expansion, it often feels HUGE). The block on my chest indicates to me that I have some rigidity here in my heart center. I have a lot of love and compassion, but I’m also very mental and intuitive, accessing my emotions can be a challenge for me. My arms were skinny and squiggly because I think I feel like I can’t tangibly affect or contribute in this moment of time, maybe a bit powerless. Our arms often carry that “getting it done” energy, they are how we interact with the world and DO. If you have questions about my interpretation of things, feel free to ask.
We have uploaded some guided audio to google drive that is accessible via the link in our bio (FREE GUIDED AUDIO). Today we recommend “Finding A Safe Place,” the “Active Mindful Eating Exercise” or “Experiencing Your Environment.”
The safe place track is really helpful for when you’re feeling overwhelmed and feel like you have nowhere to turn. It is also comforting to know you can find a safe space that only you can visit. The Mindful Eating exercise would be great for those who have been struggling with stress eating and feel disconnected from their body. “Experiencing Your Environment” is great for grounding and being in the body. ALL of these tracks are a continuation of our first two days, coming back to the body, experiencing our senses and allowing ourselves to be present to our physical self when our instinct may be to get in our head.
Brought to you by @anandamana 💜 She will be sharing videos on her pages this week on how to work with each day, so definitely follow both her accounts for more tips and Astro insights!
Each day of the week corresponds to one of the traditional 7 planets in Astrology. Today, Sunday is the day of the Sun each day of the week has different activities we could do to be in alignment with these energies and welcome them into our lives. The Sun in Astrology represents our Ego, self-expression, creativity and playfulness.
The exercise for this giveaway is to honor the energy Sun, allowing us to shine brighter than ever while feeling our best, because even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise again. Activities such as dancing, singing, playing an instrument, doing yoga (ever wondered where sun salutation come from?) writing poetry, drawing or playing games (whether it's online or with your family / friends if you're self-isolating with more people) will help you embrace the energy of the Sun and will also increase your vibrations. The connection between mind and body is essential for this exercise.