Today's Practice: Doing Something Different

A Practice for the Sensitive Soul

With the earthquake fallout continuing in Haiti, many of us sensitives are feeling edgy, sad, helpless and even angry. I feel the energy of the world in my body, and it is my practice especially now to continue to express and release it, take care of myself, and to cultivate a new perspective (awaken more fully).

This does not mean that I become careless, or fail to take any other action I feel compelled to take. It just means that in order to handle my own sensitivity, I learn to hold a place of love and compassion not only for the suffering of others in the world, but also for my self. (ok, I have my work cut out for me on this one.)

Todays' practice is "Doing Something Different." And I am looking forward to practicing today.

"Doing something different" means cutting the cord on our emotional discomfort by engaging in activities that take us away from the present uncomfortable thought-cycle and into something focused in the here and now. For example, we may choose to power-walk, dance, sing as we clean the house, or even run around the block. Anything that takes us out of our "spin cycle" will do. Break the energy of the fearful feelings. Focus on the here and now.

One of my challenges in the current situation is to not feel guilty that others are suffering, and I may be dancing! In order to work with my own feelings of guilt and saddness, I am choosing to have a special prayer-time for the people in Haiti today (and any day I feel as this continues). And then I will have my day to focus on something different, perhaps something physical to start like a good power-walk, and then whatever else I choose. Accepting that I am powerless over this situation and allowed to take care of me and have a good day is also something I will be praciticing as I create my day.


"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things and events I cannot change, the clarity to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." Guide me as I continue to learn, heal and awaken to the perspecitve You would have me know today.

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Comment by Alexa on January 18, 2010 at 6:14pm
blessings today to the people of Haiti as the rescue and recovery effort continue.
Comment by Alexa on January 14, 2010 at 8:42pm
well, dancing did indeed turn out to be my "something different" today. I danced through the feelings of tragedy. I danced what I was feeling, and I danced as connection to all of life on earth. I danced in celebration. and of our shared humanity. and I took action. and you know what? it worked. (!)

ps. this evening I watched some TV footage of people singing in Haiti. the singing seems to transcend everything, and to connect us all. so beautiful. love to our friends there. and for speedy recovery.
Comment by Alexa on January 14, 2010 at 1:52pm
who said that? oh, dear God. guess we have to forgive them, have compassion for their (self-)hatred and ignorance, and move on. I'm sure Canada is doing much. thanks for sharing.
Comment by Marianne on January 14, 2010 at 1:43pm
Hi People:
I can assure the people of Canada are feeling this terribly. And we are contributing financially & with doctors, army, food, WATER, the necessities of life are being sent from my country to Haiti.
I am disappointed that *someone* in the public eye had the nerve to say that it's the work of God to punish these people.
Just so much sadness.
Comment by Alexa on January 14, 2010 at 1:20pm
and you bring a good point also. I hope other countries will pitch in as well. and a $5 donation sent by a million people would be 5 million dollars. (is that correct?) never underestimate the power of one small act.
namaste my friend
Comment by Alexa on January 14, 2010 at 1:18pm
Wish Bush out of Washington, I am hoping there will be more hope too this time around. Thank you VelvetViolet.

and btw, I won't be bringing myself around to dancing today. But some brisk walking and yoga does help move the energy. and talking about it too. :)
Comment by Alexa on January 14, 2010 at 10:18am
oh, I feel grief in my heart.
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