Three Practices For Inner Strength
Sometimes we need to feel potent, grounded, and strong. If we feel unstable or weak in our spirit or emotional life, it can translate to how we feel in the psychophysical realm.
We can, though, tap into inner strength by developing the body/mind/voice complex.
Here are three practices to explore. Start each by connecting with your breath (inhale…..exhale….) and feel where you are making contact with the ground or chair (for the appropriate practice).
Physical: Feel grounded through the six points of the feet as you stand. You have a point for balance in the center of each heel, the mounds beneath the big toes, and the mounds beneath the pinky toes. Three points in each foot= six points of awareness for grounding and balance. The sensation of the triangle works to balance your body and mind. Carry over this awareness to your standing practice. Explore standing in Mountain Pose, step one foot forward while keeping both feet in line with the sitting bones at the bottom of the pelvis, bend the front knee and inhale while bringing the arms up, exhale while bringing the arms down and straightening the front leg. Return to Mountain Pose. Did you feel the six points of your feet the whole time? Try this for the other side and see how it feels. Remember, feeling your breath as you move and as you stand is key.
Embodied Voice: Explore the Y Buzz for vocal power without pain. Start by humming on an N consonant. Feel its vibrations on the upper gum ridge where the tip of the tongue makes contact with the area just behind the upper front teeth. You can think of the upper gum ridge as the front end of the roof of the mouth. Once you feel vibration, feel a Y consonant (as if hesitating to say "yyyyyyyyyes". Let the Y consonant hum on different pitches. Let it waft down in pitch until it's vibrations are at the same place as where you felt that of the N consonant. Once you feel vibration here on the Y, fine-tune it with a "yeeeee yeeee yeeee" pulse. No need to push here-- feel the vibrations for yourself and you will develop a potent, yet powerful speaking voice. You can learn more about the Y Buzz here.
Meditation: Sit comfortably and notice your breath. Take your time to feel it fully. Let your breath bring your awareness to your feet. Once you feel sensation in your feet, silently acknowledge by saying "yes" in your mind’s eye. Bring your awareness to your ankles. When you feel sensation, say "yes." Scan up the body and say "yes" to the awareness you bring to yourself. Lastly, bring awareness to your whole self. Say “yes” to the whole of you. It is glorious.