As you get further into your blessings and ritual practices, you might start noticing something interesting. If you are in a state of worry or are stressing over something, it’s difficult to clear your mind. Then, it’s even more difficult to do anything effectively, much less your rituals. The thing is, to get into and enjoy your rituals, you must first achieve a state of deep relaxation.
For some, that’s easier said than done – right? I’d like to have a nickel for every time someone told me to “just relax”. So, if relaxing is difficult for you, you’re not alone. But, here’s an interesting answer to that challenge for you to explore. One of many, I’m sure. But, I think this deep relaxation exercise is a great place to start.
Gather Your Tools
- Your favorite sofa, bed, or mat on the ground.
- If it’s cold, grab a blanket.
Deep Relaxation • Step-by-Step
Step One • Get Comfortable
The first step is to lie down in a comfortable position. Listen to your breathing without purposefully changing anything. Then, slowly close your eyes.
Step Two • Direct Your Thoughts
Now direct your thoughts to your face and the tension that stores itself there. Then, contract your face muscles for about 2 seconds. Finally, relax your face.
Step Three • Think about Your Body
Next, think about your neck, then, tense and relax your neck muscles. Now, continue doing the same thing throughout your entire body. Go from top to bottom tensing and relaxing your shoulders, upper arms, chest, back, lower arms, and hands. Then, continue down to your abdomen, buttocks, thighs, calves, and feet.
Step Four • Repeat Step Three
Sometimes you need to repeat step three until you are completely relaxed.
Step Five • Be Aware of Your Presence
Be aware of where your body is lying on the floor or bed. Imagine your energies connecting with the earth below. Give gratitude for Mother Earth’s support. Ask all the tension in your body to drain into the earth and give thanks for the support.
Step Six • Imaginings of Warmth
Use your imagination to see yourself lying outside under beautifully warm sun. The sun is sinking its rays deep into your body with its glowing warmth. Feel the liquid gold rays flowing into and through your body. Imagine the healing power of the sun throughout your body.
Step Seven • Express Gratitude
Express thanks to your body and hug yourself. Promise your body that you will take the time to nourish, exercise, and rest.Thank the earth for its support and express gratitude to the sun for its warmth.
Step Eight • Ending of Session
Gently begin to stretch and open your eyes to wake yourself back to reality.
Deep Relaxation Tools
Sweet Home Collection 100% Fine Cotton Blanket
Folding Meditation Floor Seat 2 in 1 Set Meditation Pillow
Soy Lavender Vanilla Candle for Stress Relief & Relaxation
My foremost inspiration and guide for this series is the book “the Smudging and Blessings Book, Inspirational Rituals to Cleanse and Heal.” Click here or on the image below.