morning ritual: connecting to love

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Oct 02
2016

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A student recently asked me what my most important practice would be.

 

I use different things (meditation, movement, breath, connecting with others) for whatever is needed. But one always remains the same:

 

The very first thing I do when waking up is to percolate for a minute or so the things I’m grateful for. Then I dive into my body and concentrate on the feeling of being in love. It takes a few moments (sometimes more, sometimes less) until my body and mind remember the cellular experience, the sensations of being so much in love that nothing else matters.

 

At times it’s ever so gentle , other times it’s wonderfully intense and somehow sets the tone for the day. This practice is powerful in many ways (I do it throughout the day as well, and sometimes it just hits me from nowhere).

 

It seems that everything coming my way is coloured by it. Agitation is more likely to turn into acceptance. Impatience into tranquillity. Fear into trust. It helps me to constitute the deep affection for life that I know is inherent to all of us. It melts layers of protection and inhibition. I begin to discover what I couldn’t see before. Opening up to this place I’m more likely to move from static to ecstatic.

 

The Greek word ‘ekstasis’, is formed of ek (outside or beyond) and stasis (standing, stature or standing still). It means being outside of a certain position. So ekstasis is not the opposite of stasis, but a place that is off the spectrum of position.

 

Today, allow yourself to feel, whatever it is. Challenge yourself to feel things beyond your spectrum of feelings. Right here, anything is possible.

 

xx Alexa

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