Being aware of our own perceptions, the way the body and mind takes in everything around us will help to block the negative from coming in. We need to evaluate and reflect on everything in our lives whether it is people such as family and friends, situations, careers, lifestyle habits, and even patterns of constant giving or receiving to determine what is causing Negative Build Up.
As an artist, creativity is my outlet. My creativity helps me to flush the negative impulses and judgments that I may hold on myself or others away. My creativity is most vibrant when pain or emotional conflict is sometimes present. I reach out to the studio to shed the negative toxins away and to release the Negative Build Up that my body may be storing.
When I first start on creative projects my emotional connection to the negative is sometimes loud and clear. In ways it takes me days to get comfortable with where the emotions are going to take me through choreography, teaching, writing, or creating in other disciplines. There are times when the creativity feeds off the emotional negative and the baggage around me. However, there are also other moments when the Negative Build Up blocks the creativity process from even happening.
We all have artistic tendencies in our hearts. Everyday people should try to reflect on the Negative Build Up in their lives as artists’ do. You will find wonderful release from seeing the negative eye to eye or face to face. Confront the Negative Build Up whether it’s through a good cry, screams out loud, writing, or doing a mental or physical practice of meditation. Take for example, a child falling into a tantrum in a public space. We have all seen these children rebelling from their parents or caregivers. In fact, we may have been one of these children years back. You may find that you judge the parents or caregivers when you see these episodes occurring. But, if we could take a minute and reflect on the importance of tantrums in a child’s life it may bring perspective onto our own lives and dealing with our own emotions.
As adults, we need the human body to release its emotions and Negative Build Up just like that child pulling a loud and annoying tantrum at age four. We need to confront the Negative Build Up more often through tears, screams, confrontations good and bad with others and ourselves. Our body will then feel a release and be able to identify Negative Build Up in the future days. Once we reflect and confront our Negative Build Up we will be freeing the body of pain, guilt, barriers, low self esteem, and an unhealthy cycle of living.
Here is a Mental and Physical Practice that I share from my heart to rid the body of Negative Build Up. It is a practice I move towards on Negative Build Up days and when I know I need to break down negative in front of me to reach the positive. I give myself this practice when I find I can’t create or I am questioning my progress as an artists, teacher, or everyday person on our beautiful earth. The practice is clean, simplistic, and will open your heart to creativity and emotional release such as tears/screams/or journaling. Allow the emotions to surface and be respectful towards those emotions.
You may need to commit to this practice for 3x a week for at least 2 weeks to find benefits and release in Negative Build Up. For others they may open and respond to the practice in one session and begin to cleanse the Negative Build Up. Our bodies are all different. For this reason, we need to respect our bodies and minds and how we react to the given practice emotionally and physically.
I share my heart in this practice to help rid you of Negative Build Up. Enjoy the release and cleanse of the body. You are in control of freeing your mind and body of Negative Build Up. Now, hit your mat and commit to facing the Negative Build Up eye to eye.
Sit in half lotus or crossed position on your mat for 3-5 minutes in meditation. During this meditation phase listen to your circle of breath and heartbeat. Say out loud 3 negative feelings you may be experiencing or holding on too. The 3 negative feelings can be about your body and mind; what you are dreading in your day or week ahead; or a general pain emotionally or physically that you are carrying from another person/situation/or place.
Place intention towards the 3 negative emotions before you. Each practice you return to in this 2 week period recall the intention if you can. As I said earlier, you may be able to release the Negative Build Up after one practice. Your body and mind may not recall the negative intentions that you brought awareness too. If the body does recall the intention place it towards the practice for up to a 2 week period. With time and reflection, the body will be naturally rid of Negative Build Up, the negative feelings will be gone, and positive intention will be present.
Sun Salutation Work for 4-6 repetitions. Place focus on expanding and opening your chest to the sky on your first sweeping movements of the arms in Sun Salutation work. After this opening of the chest continue into forward fold, step back to downward dog, and continue into child’s pose and upward dog. Return back to downward dog and walk forward with your feet to meet your hands in forward fold. Roll up through the spine and place hands at the heart in pray. Repeat 4-6 repetitions.
Cat/Cow Posture in Mountain. Stand in Mountain with feet hip width apart. Place hands on the top of your thighs and curl the spine into a mini contraction to allow the spine to curve. Push further down through your legs with your hands and allow the spine to release into a mini upward dog posture viewing the sky with an open chest. You will work back and forth through this Cat/Cow Posture up to 12 xs and for 3sets.
Active Chair with Moving Arms. Stand in mountain and allow your body to sit back as if you were going to sit in a chair. You will be in a parallel plie stance with your knees placed over your toes in the open mountain position with feet hip width apart. Release your hands down by the side of your legs while sitting in Chair Posture. Then release your hands and arms above you head to open 5th position. You will swing your arms back and forth from the sides of your legs to high open 5th position for a 3 minute time frame.
Active lunge work and open heart. Find a deep parallel lunge stance with right or left leg behind you. Extend your arms to open high 5th position and allow your front standing leg to release into plie and straightened lunge work. You can repeat the active lunge for 8xs.
Hold the lunge and begin the open heart posture. While you are in an active lunge lean forward to place your fingertips alongside your standing front leg. Release the arms and fingertips back up to an open high 5th position. You will work back and forth from the floor to the open high 5th position with arms for 8xs.
Repeat the entire posture on the other side.
Upward Dog to Downward Dog for 10 sets. Find child’s pose on your mat. Press into your hands and sliver forward leading with the top of your head to Upward Dog. Your chest will now be extended upright and forward while your hips remain on the mat in modified upward dog. Press into the metatarsal of your feet to extend the hips off the mat to an advanced upward dog. You will then lift the pelvis with abdominal and spine awareness into Downward Dog. Your body will resemble 2 parts of a triangle- hands will be on the front portion of your mat as your heels are pressing into the back portion of your mat. Repeat upward to downward dog for 10 sets. Rest in child’s pose as often as you need.
L Posture at the Wall. Place your mat long ways from a sturdy wall or door. You will then place your heels close to the wall as you take downward dog posture. Start to walk up the wall with your feet as you naturally place energy and weight through your hands. Your body weight will shift over your hands, your shoulders will stack over your wrists, and hips over your shoulders. You want to create an upside down L posture from the wall. Hold this posture for 12 breathes. Repeat up to 3xs.
This blog is written and created by Lindsay Schaefer. For more information on Movement for You, A Way of Life Practice or Artists in Unity please visit the following sites.
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