Modalities Used With Self Connection

  • SELF CONNECTION IS A BODY-AND-MIND-REDISCOVERY APPROACH USED TO GUIDE AND SUPPORT YOU THROUGH PHYSICAL AND MENTAL PRACTICES; THIS IS FIRST PRACTICED TOGETHER IN A STRUCTURED WAY, AND THROUGH TIME AND REGULAR PRACTICE, WILL BE ABLE TO BE PRACTICED INDEPENDENTLY

  • SELF CONNECTION ALLOWS YOU TO FIRST BECOME AWARE OF YOUR BODY, BREATH AND STATE; IT THEN ALLOWS YOU TO BRIDGE THE CONNECTION BETWEEN YOUR PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL, AND MENTAL BEING

  • SELF CONNECTION USES YOUR BREATH TO GUIDE YOU THROUGH THESE PRACTICES, WHILST ACQUIRING A PLETHORA OF TECHNIQUES THAT WILL FIND A WAY TO SUIT YOU IN EVERYDAY LIFE

MINDFULNESS

MY DEFINITION:

BEING PRESENT IN THE MOMENT, NON JUDGEMENTALLY AND WHOLLY, NO MATTER WHAT THE MOMENT IS. A DAILY MEDITATION PRACTICE AND A WAY TO LIVE LIFE, MOMENT BY MOMENT.

 

(ALLOWING YOURSELF TO FULLY FEEL YOUR FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS, AND ONLY WHEN YOU ARE READY, RELEASE THEM AND MOVE ON TO THE NEXT MOMENT.)

SUGGESTIONS TO TRY:

  • Enjoy your morning cup of happiness for a few moments entirely on its own: without reading or talking or getting ready or doing another task

  • Wash a pot after dinner directing your attention solely on the washing process: the warmth of the water, the feeling of the bubbles, the satisfaction of a clean pot that is ready for the next time

  • Take a mindful walk: slow down your pace, put away any distractions (including music), and notice the sights, the sounds, the smells

MEDITATION

MY DEFINITION:

THE ACT OF INTENTIONAL NON-DOING, CONNECTING TO YOUR BREATH, AS REGULARLY AS POSSIBLE. 

(THIS CAN BE DONE ANYWHERE, ANYTIME, ALTHOUGH A CONSISTENT PRACTICE ALLOWS THE GREATEST BENEFITS. START WITH 1 OR 3 MINUTES A DAY, EVERY DAY.) 

SUGGESTIONS TO TRY:

  • Find a space in your home that makes you feel happy or safe, and practice sitting there for a moment a day. Close your eyes and follow your inhale and your exhale, 5-10 full cycles of breath

  • Pick one favourite non-lyrical song to dedicate a few minutes to listen to each day, again following your inhale and your exhale throughout the duration of the song

  • Click the link below to listen to a five minute guided body scan meditation recorded by Jess

QIGONG

MY DEFINITION:

QI MEANING ENERGY

GONG MEANING WORK.

A TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE PRACTICE, TIMING BREATH WITH GENTLE MOVEMENT TO STIMULATE THE QI FLOWING THROUGH THE BODY.

(LITERALLY THOUSANDS OF POSTURES AND MOVEMENTS, SOME INVITING STILLNESS AND OTHERS INVITING MOVEMENT.)

SUGGESTIONS TO TRY:

  • Stand comfortably with feet about hip distance apart, knees slightly bent. Relax your shoulders and spread your fingers slightly. Gently raise your arms to belly height, as though you are holding a big beach ball in front of you. Stand in this posture for a moment (set a timer)

  • Stand comfortably with feet about hip distance apart, knees slightly bent. Relax your shoulders and spread your fingers slightly. Gently raise your shoulders up to shoulder height, the slightest pause, and then allow them to fall back down by your sides. Continue this swinging motion for as long as you like. When you are ready to stop, allow the momentum you have built to stop on its own

  • Notice any sensations you may feel; a change in temperature, a tingling or buzzing feeling 

YOGA

MY DEFINITION:

AN ANCIENT INDIAN PRACTICE AND A WAY OF LIFE; INCLUDING GENTLE AND SUPPORTED PHYSICAL POSTURES, BREATH WORK, MEDITATION TECHNIQUES, AND INVITATIONS TO LIVE A YOGIC LIFE IN ALL THAT YOU DO.  

(THIS IS A FASCINATING TOPIC WITH MANY PRECONCEIVED NOTIONS AND A GREATER CONVERSATION IS WELCOME.)

SUGGESTIONS TO TRY:

  • Restorative posture- Viparita Karani "legs-up-the-wall":
    Find an empty wall, or the back of a closed door and lay a blanket in front of it. Sit with one hip as close to the wall as possible and then gently swing your legs up, as your back begins to lay flat on the floor (on said blanket)

  • Extend the legs, or keep bent knees, or bring the soles of the feet to touch in "butterfly".

  • Place your hands anywhere comfortable (ie. alongside your body, or one hand on the heart and one on the stomach)

  • Stay here for a few moments, coming back to your breath, following the inhale and the exhale

  • To exit the posture: bend the knees first, then roll off to one side, pausing for a moment, before pushing yourself up off the floor to a seated position

  • Simply notice your breath; not changing it or judging it, but simply noticing

5 Minute Body Scan - Jess Veltman
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*These modalities continue to be practiced and studied by Jess. Self Connection is completely secular, (or non religious), and each session may or may not include any or none of the above practices. If you are unsure about anything described, it can easily be omitted from our time together. Questions, comments, concerns, etc are welcome at ANY time during our time together- before, during or after* 

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