Christmas is approaching…. Again 🙂
Even if you may not feel connected with this celebration, it is quite difficult to ignore it. So why not to use this period of the year to train our ability of paying attention?
The holiday’s period corresponds to a special moment in this part of the world: the 21st of December is the shortest day of the year, the winter Solstice. After that, days are getting longer. It says: winter reaches its maximum pick. A new period, a new year is on the point to start!
One way to prepare, before focusing on the New Year’s Resolutions and how to keep them 😉 , is to acknowledge what you accomplished this year.
In the previous article, we talked about the importance of being honest and about a tool: the honesty journal 🙂
But how does it work, exactly, an honesty journal? Is it about saying always what we feel or what we think truthfully? Do we need to “impose” it to our friends, family and colleagues, despite social conventions and despite the risk of hurting other people’s feelings?
No! Let’s focus on the person who is the closest to us: ourselves!
Some weeks ago, I found an interesting article about an “honesty journal” experience, that the writer Judi Ketteler (*) was keeping for the last 7 months. In the article, she was sharing how challenging it was to keep the intention to say the truth: answering questions about death to her 6 years old daughter, exposing frustration or dissatisfaction in relationships or more general, risking hurting people’s feelings.
I feel very close to her challenge as I’m also practicing the truth… especially to myself 🙂
Even if the topic was known to me, her article nourished my own reflection about facing our fears : the fear of hurting other people and the risk to lose them. [Read more]
Are you accustomed to regularly meeting your fears? Or you organise your life in order to never be confronted with the moment you will feel insecure?
If you like the concept – and the practice – of “stepping out of your comfort zone“ you may be already aware that sometimes, we can find ourselves experiencing insecurity. On that moment, our mind can produce thousands of very good, rational and conformable justifications about the reasons to NOT step out. [Read more]
“After working previously with many practitioners and methods for personal growth, Michelle and her Grinberg approach really stands out to me. She has a magical, playful style as she brings my awareness to an intense mix of strong emotions stored in my body and directs me towards living my life with aliveness. After each of the one hour sessions, I have always come out with a wonderful taste of oneness difficult for my mind to comprehend.” Ben, Corporate manager.
“Now, that we decided to “end” our collaboration, I want to take a moment to look back and call to my mind, how much we have achieved togehter… I remeber the start very well, when I was pretty desperate, sad and numb: my mom had died recently, my husband was in a difficult situation and all I felt was that I have to do this and I have to do that (even backing christmascookies was a must). I made myself small, I didn’t wanted to be seen, I avoided changes and I treated myself in a pretty harsh way.
You tought me how to feel my body again, how to connect the brain, the body and the senses, how to feel all these different sensations without classifying. Even how to let happen and explore pain and perceive how it finnaly melts and energy is able to flow through the whole body again.
I was trapped in old habits, constantly repeating the same situations. I wanted to have the control, forgetting that it also meant to be behind walls, making everything inflexible and blocked.
Your knowledge, ability to emphatize and humor were always helpful. You taught me to breath deeply and to be attentive to the body, to feel the sensations without judging. I learned to embrace and trust my body. I am confident again, I am not afraid of challenges anymore, to the contrary, I am looking for them.
Now, once in a while, when I catch myself breathing superficialy for a moment, I hear (in my head of course) a soft voice telling me: “breathe deeply”…and that is what I’m continuing doing – with a bright smile in my face…
I want to thank you very much, for helping me become satisfied, flexible, free and vital again” Cornelia, teacher.