This article is a summary of an article: Floating in an Ocean of Bliss that first appeared on the Compumatrix Blog on January 9, 2014. It was written in response to a beautiful comment to my previous article: ‘World Kindness Day’ by Adele Bosman.
Adele wrote about simply being yourself:
‘Kindness needs so little effort if we can drop competition and comparison ~ The lotuses bloom so beautifully because they have not heard the legends about other flowers.’
Relaxation: A key to our true potential.
Most of us, if not all of us, conditioned by the circumstances we were born into, develop the habit of comparing many aspects of ourselves to others ~ Our physical, emotional, mental self, our material world, even our spiritual growth ~ Which in most cases has the effect of limiting our true potential so that gradually we become discontent, stressed and in the end vulnerable to illness.
As we learn and practice going beyond this deception, our awareness increases, creativity is enhanced and we start to relax more into just ‘being ourselves’ ~ We become more content with who we are, more tolerant, compassionate and at ease in all situations, and tend to lead healthier and happier lives ~ Which also has an impact on all life around us.
There are many natural healing modalities and schools of martial arts, yoga, meditation, philosophy and spiritual teachings with practitioners and teachers that can gently guide us in our search for the equilibrium of our true Self. There are also many self help programs, videos and books galore that can explain and demonstrate an array of relaxation techniques and exercises.
We may also have our own ways to find the inner peace that comes with relaxation. The ‘poem’ My Cup of Abundance was an attempt to describe an experience of relaxation deepening that I had: Floating in the salt water harbour side pool at Northbridge.
My Cup of Abundance: As it appeared originally ~ Shaped as a cup.
My Cup of Abundance
Drifting with gentle currents: Little by little turning ~ Rotating.
My orientation: Drifting ~ Out and in ~ Drifting ~ Going & coming back.
Feeling buoyant: Recalling recent conversation: Consider Non-resistance.
Lying as still as possible ~ Letting gentle waves lift & support my falling.
Bobbing: Upon undulating waves. Feeling each & every pitch variation.
At one: Arms submerged ~ Legs submerged ~ Face (almost) submerged.
Hair merging ~ Swaying softly ~ Recalling seaweed combed by ripples.
Chest expanding/contracting: Being raised ~ Sinking down again.
Each breath: The letting go ~ The relaxation ~ The deepening.
Feeling my entire body: Feeling a wholeness.
Feeling the sun’s brilliant Light.
Seeing: Crimson, orange and gold.
Feeling the cool breeze: Feeling warm.
Feeling connected: Body ~ Water ~ Sun ~ Air.
Feeling safe: The support of being held: The faith ~ The trust.
Feeling: Inner peace ~ Contentment ~ Joy ~ Beauty ~ Gratefulness.
Feeling: Time to come back again ~ Energized ~ Happy ~ Confident.
Understanding my direction for 2015: See & let all limitations dissolve.
TO BE KIND TO MYSELF ~ TO BE KIND TO OTHERS & TO ALL LIFE.
Raising my Cup of Abundance
2015 will be a very exciting year for all Compumatrix members.
See the value in everything that has taken shape in your life. The value of all your efforts and contribution to life. So that your Cup of Abundance will be filled to overflowing with love and kindness ~ For your family, your friends, your fellow humankind ~ And of course yourself.
We dance spiraling around each other.
The featured image is one of my original photographs, shared on my Tumblr Blog in a Photoset: Gardenia and Bougainvillea floating in water.
The Northbridge Pool
An icon since 1924 of the Sydney area that I live in: The Northbridge Pool is often referred to by the ‘regulars’ as ‘A hidden jewel.’
Just last summer my friend Sylvia and I became ‘regulars’ and with very few exceptions swim laps twice a week, in the 50 meter open salt water swimming pool at Northbridge,
Alison Lee Cousland is a contemporary artist and designer, with interests in natural health & healing: ecological & sustainable living: blogging & social media.
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