Have You Hugged Your Self Lately?

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In the oft-times frenzy of the world, we easily lose sight of caring for ourselves.  Then we feel out of sorts, out of control.  Or maybe we sink into the doldrums. We might do some negative self talk like this: I am having a bad day.  I am no good. How can I be so dumb?  Come on. Tell the truth, you have probably said some of those words. 

We hear all kinds of expressions that, at first glance, may seem trite.  If the world gives you lemons, make lemonade!  Right!  Good advice!  But what if you don’t FEEL like making lemonade.  You’re just too DOWN to get UP.  How about this? Pull yourself up by your boot straps.  If you fall down, get back up.  There is a reason all these pieces of advice have been around for so long. Hackneyed as they may be, a lot of the time, they work. Nonetheless, we ALL face days and times when we want to pull the covers up over our heads and stay in bed and not face the world.

Most of us have faith and belief that these “down” times are short-lived, that life has its ups and downs.  If we are down today, we will be up again soon.  But why wait? What can we do right now?  What methods might give us a lift? In previous posts, we gave some suggestions, like feeling gratitude for what we DO have now or tamping down those awful stress levels.  Here’s another idea!

This is a practice called THE SILENT WITNESS.  It is very popular with my yoga students. Here’s how it works:  We think of ourselves as having two sides — the little self and the True Self. This concept is quite in alignment with much spiritual thought. One is the mortal being who is prey to the modifications of the world, in other words, subject to stress, chaos and the ego.  The other is the True Self, the one who  remains in a state of equanimity, at peace, and loving  no matter what.  So we imagine that the Higher Self is there to witness us, to be our best cheerleader, to view us with loving eyes, and to comfort us and give us every bit of compassion we want.  To hug us and nurture the little self who is in the struggle at the moment.

You have to visualize the Higher Self. There is no right or wrong way to do this.  It is your interpretation. The silent witness may have a kind face gazing at you. Or  it may be a sense of a simple presence hovering around you.  Some people think of a guardian angel, a deity, or a guru. The constant is that this is the one who loves you unconditionally, just like we ALL want to be loved.  This witness watches and stays with you all the time , though thick and thin, and tells  you to take it easy on yourself, to lighten up, and to love yourself RIGHT NOW.

The Inner Witness, the spectator who watches all the activities of your waking state while remaining apart from them; who dwells in the midst of all action, good or bad, knowing it fully and yet remaining uncontaminated by it; who is that supremely pure, perfect and ever-attained Being.  These are the wise words of Swami Muktananda.

How about it? Would you like to have such a companion? A solid partner? A warm and smiling buddy?  This being is, after all, not a stranger to you.  It IS you!  It is the you that touches the inner love within your own heart. It just might be the YOU you will want to embrace more and more.  See how you like YOU!   Being hugged by YOU!  Healing YOU!  Being the YOU you were meant to be!

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About deannemincer

Deanne Mincer has been a long time student of religious and spiritual studies. For many years, she was a practitioner of yoga and in the late 1980's she was drawn to share her enthusiasm by becoming a yoga teacher. Her certification, from the Himalayan Institute, was a comprehensive two year program including the study of anatomy, diet, nutrition, Ayurvedic medical practices, the methods of teaching hatha yoga, the science of breath and the study of raja (the royal path of yoga) philosophy. She has taught yoga, meditation, and spiritual classes for more than twenty years. In the mid 1990's she became a follower of Siddha Yoga where she experienced a spiritual awakening called shaktipat and her teachings took on a new and freshly informed understanding. As Deanne continued her studies, she learned level one in Reiki and also sutdied with Henry Grayson, Ph.D. where she refined her work with muscle testing and the complex of energy healing methods Dr. Grayson has developed for use with his patients. Dr. Grayson's work is illuminated in his books, Mindful Loving and Use Your Body to Heal Your Mind. Deanne teaches group and private classes in yoga as well as stress reduction programs and meditation in many forms (sitting, walking, whirling, meditation in action, and "sleeping" meditation called yoga nidra). She has developed methods of using yoga in treating those with life threatening diseases as in the programs she designed for Gilda's Club and Friends in Deed in New York City. She was a consulting producer on an alternative health program for CNBC's Alive and Wellness, and she has demonstrated yoga on network television. Deanne created the audio DC, Inner Light Yoga with Deanne Mincer and she has spoken widely and demonstrated meditation in many venues. Deanne is an enthusiastic and joyful teacher. She is known for the keen interest she takes in her students' physical and spiritual development. She stresses that each student should work at their own pace in a non-competitive and caring environment. You can read some of the comments her students have shared in the Tesimonials Section of this site. Her teaching is grounded in her own steadfast spiritual awareness - that each of us is a being of eternal light and love and that we can all come to knowing this truth for ourselves. She is eager to help guide you on this joyful path of body, mind, breath and spirit.

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