“Pause and release pockets of tension squeezed into the surface of your skin”

It’s time to add a delicious full stop to your day.  A rejuvenating pause.   And sink into a softer more peaceful version of yourself.

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Today I’m offering up a suggestion to notice your skin. Feel into your skin.  Sense the surface of your skin.

Are you “skin clenching” today?  

Is the surface of your skin – be it face, arms, legs, back, hands, shoulders, feet or whole body – squeezing in stress, sucking it deeper into your body and clinging tightly to anxious thoughts on replay.

Frowning, squinting or clenched hands are all obvious signs.

Skin breathing is one of my favourite therapeutic breathing rituals at the moment.

It’s a new ritual, I beamed in recently when I was feeling totally overwhelmed. You know those days!!  Wired. Wound up tight! Going around in circles.

I paused.  Always a wise move.

Lay on my yoga mat.  Then my body intuitively began skin breathing.

Not belly breathing, smiling into my organs, doing a little restorative yoga or repeating a mantra.

My wise breath simply wanted to breath into my skin and breathe out from my skin.

And wow!  I literally could sense the cells of my skin expanding with each inhalation. I think my skin started secretly smiling.

Inhaling into my skin, I invite softness.  

Exhaling from my skin, I sense a release and letting go of clenching.

After a few minutes of skin breathing, the energy around me shifted.  The internal agitation began to ease. My vibration lifted. My aura began to expand and brighten again.

Give it a whirl ~ Start with your forehead

If you’d like to experiment with a little skin breathing,  Let’s start here.  Your forehead. Notorious for frowning, creating temple and head pressure and eye tension.

Notice your forehead.  Close your eyes. Feel into the skin across your forehead.

Breathe into your forehead.  Breathe out from your forehead.

Invite the skin across your forehead to relax, soften and spread with each inhalation.  Sense the skin become gentler, more supple and smoother.

Notice, as the skin across your forehead begins to relax, there’s a magical flow on effect across into your skull, temples and even down to your jaw and neck.  I’m sure its anti-ageing.

Skin breathing meditation:

It’s simple.  You only need 2 minutes.  Sitting, laying down or even standing.

Get quiet.  Get comfortable.

Inhale into your skin (whole body) inviting softness and spaciousness.

Exhale from your skin (whole body) using the releasing exhale to let go and relax.

Don’t rush.  Don’t force.  It may seem a little weird or difficult at first.  Be patient with yourself.  Soon you’ll find your own rhythm.

Enjoy my gorgeous friend, and let me know what you think.  I’d love to hear. xox Carole

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Another awesome ritual to help relax the surface of your skin is a warm oil self massage.  I’ve written about it before.  Warm oil speaks kindly to your nervous system. There is an unseen therapeutic process that happens with the circular motions over your joints and slow gentle strokes over your body.  Deeply soothing and nurturing.  Perfect for when you can’t manage being still and breathing.

If you’ve have lots of skin tension in your face you may find a yoga eye pillow will help deepen the relaxation experience for you.

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~ What I’m loving at the moment ~

journalMy latest on-line purchase is the Buddha Doodles Gratitude Journal. Thanks Rupy for the recommendation.  Love it.

I swear the amazing doodles and nourishing quotes on each page were crafted especially for my blog. Rejuvenation Lounge is very happy.

It’s A4 ish in size, so plenty of space to doodle and write.

Keep near your bed or favourite place to sit.  Write the date.  Write 3 things you are grateful for.  Repeat daily. xox  Carole

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~ Recent daily ritual ~

supportedchildspose

Feeling exhausted?

Bring more circulation to your lower back.

Supported child pose is a delicious restful posture that nourishes your adrenals and kidneys.

Inhale into your kidneys.  Exhale from your kidneys.  Allow the breath to breathe you as you rest and refuel. xox Carole

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Open Your Closed Doors

by Carole Fogarty

“The more I follow my inner wisdom, the better I am able to care for myself, and the more things just fall into place” Shakti Gawain

Doors are portals of opportunity.  Thresholds to cross over.  Pathways to new realms of possibilities.  Cheering us on to stretch, expand ourselves, turn left instead of right, explore the bigger picture.

Of course, it’s new doors I’m alluding too here. Of the symbolic kind. New doors that we’ve yet to open. Not old familiar doors that we walk through everyday, without a second thought. Comforted by their familiar path.

explosion-of-positive-energy.jpgWell my friends, I woke up this year and realized I have closed doors around me. I can literally see these closed doors in my minds eye.

So it’s time.

Time to grab hold of the handle, turn, take a deep inner goddess breath, push the door open and walk through.

My closed doors slowly became visible as I was searching for my sacred word for 2015.  Not one word resonated with me.  I was left dangling. They always have come so easily. What next?

At the very same time Mary Oliver, the poet entered my life.

There are no mistakes.   Divine timing is everything.

Mary talked about the closed, tightly locked doors all through her home.  And, after the death of her loving partner made a choice to unlock and open them.  Her life changed.

Voila! An instant tingle moved through my whole body. A sigh of relief from my soul.  A thumbs up from the universe. It’s not one sacred word for this year but two.  Open doors.  

This is the energy I wish to soak myself in, align with and infuse into my year ahead. I am ready to open my closed doors.

My sacred word(s) ritual:

So now my friends. each morning as I wake, I light a candle, gaze into the flame and declare to its strong clear presence “I open doors”.

It’s wildly freeing. Strangely comforting. I honestly think I’m about to grow a new set of wings. Big wings with super powers.

I don’t need to know what’s behind the doors I’m opening. It could be anything from as small as a shift of thinking I need to make. Or as big as moving house. But by creating a simple ritual around it, the next step will reveal itself. There’ll be clues. My timely life changing closed doors will appear.

In case you are interested, the first door I opened said “I am a writer”.  This scares me. Big time. The words appeared one morning as I was journaling. I did not expect this. I might write a blog but I’ve never thought of myself as a writer. I facilitate stillness retreats. Yet, as I sit here writing I am declaring to the universe “I am a writer”, albeit with a slightly nervous hand.  Lets see where my words fall. Wish me luck.

Consider this:  

I also realized I had actual real closed doors in my home.  Doors that were never opened or very rarely. So I opened them.  Walk through them daily, even if I don’t have a reason too.  I’m declaring to the universe I am willing to walk through my closed doors.

What doors in your home are always closed?  Can you open them?  What does it feel like to walk through them? Is there a change of energy around you.

Can you sense any closed doors (energetically) around you?

Ask for their contents to be revealed.

How to see your closed doors:

Invite your closed doors to become visible by doing something different.

Drive home an alternate way.  Visit a new cafe.  Wake at a different time. Talk to a stranger. Walk a different path. Buy the first book you notice. Mix your routine up.

Do something different.  Anything. Put yourself smack bang in the flow of new possibilities.

Soon something will grab your attention.

A closed door could easily be a book that will change the fabric of your life forever or a website, workshop, a retreat, healer, a friend you haven’t seen for a while.  Then, its simply a matter of opening that closed door.  Take action.

You deserve to shine brightly in this world.

Oh, and in case you haven’t found your sacred word for the year yet pop over to Susannah Conway (I mentioned her awesome book last time) and she offers a free e-course to find your word.   How perfect if you’re still searching.

xoxo Carole

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~ What I’m loving at the moment ~

dragonfae

The Dragonfae oracle deck is spectacular.  Such clarity.  Such strong guiding energy.  And let me say I’m fussy about my oracle cards.  I’ve been collecting them for over 25 years.

Not once have I been uncertain or confused with the card I have pulled from this deck.  I’m amazed at how precise and detailed their guidance is.  And I wonder why I didn’t buy them years ago.

So my friend it is with absolute magical delight that I share the latest deck of oracle cards that have flown into my life.

Although, I’m sure many of you are already familiar with the mighty Oracle of the Dragonfae by Lucy Cavendish

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~ Recent daily ritual ~

greenforestThe color green nourishes our energy.

Inhale a little green energy now. Fill your whole body with her healing rays.

Green encourages us to slow down, relax and nurture ourselves.

She replenishes our energy levels and gently reminds us that new beginnings and growth are possible.

Better still go for a walk in a green park or forest. Fill yourself up with green. Eat green. Wear green. See green everywhere. Invite more green into your day.

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Remembering What You Know

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Stone Medicine:

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“When we live completely from the mind, over time we lose touch with the infinite self, and then we begin to feel lost” Anita Moorjani. I happen to believe this book holds the answer. The welcomed answer to whatever you’re going through in life. Dying To Be Me - is a small book with a big, big […]

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