How can new life spring
From this emptiness in me?
You are not empty!
Wow! I was amazed at all the responses to my ‘Anatomy of a Resurrection’ post last week. It seems we are quite a large flock of Phoenixes.
Step Two: Create a sacred container.
You’ve read legends of alchemists who could turn base metal into gold, right? No matter how magical or powerful alchemists were, they all needed one thing in common: a container. Without a container, the chemical reactions wouldn’t occur and the base materials would spill all over.
Alchemy requires a container.
For us, as we rise from the ashes, we must create a sacred container for our lives. Just like the alchemist’s bowl, the container itself isn’t ‘sexy’ – but oh, so necessary. So when I tell you what I mean by ‘container for our lives,’ don’t just roll your eyes and say to yourself, “Oh, that! Boring!”
Don’t let the simplicity or mundane nature of the container fool you.
What do I mean by ‘sacred container for our lives?’
Daily routine. The structure of your day.
Without this, no chemical reactions can happen because the elements of your day simply spill out.
You know what I’m talking about. Whole days that are filled with frenzied activity, but the only result is exhaustion. Sure, you may be getting a lot done – but you aren’t transformed into gold by the process.
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I’ve learned this many times in my own life. Whenever I would attend a silent retreat, or a yoga or Nia training, the container was provided for me. A schedule and a structure within which transformation could happen. And DID happen. But then I’d come home, with best intentions of keeping that structure, and over time I’d slip back into what I call “busyness without borders” and before I knew it, that golden glowing feeling was gone.
Here’s how to begin creating a strong container:
create a morning, noon and bedtime routine.
Morning: GET UP! How you start the day sets the tone for the entire day. Get yourself up (ideally before 6 am ….but that varies based on your constitution) and at a minimum do some stretches and deep breathing, then 5 minutes of meditation and set an intention for your day.
GET UP. BREATHE. STRETCH. PRAY. SET INTENTION FOR THE DAY.
Noon: Stop what you’re doing. Sit. Give thanks for your food and eat. I know it’s basic, but so many people breeze right through this….eating on the go or not eating at all…and rarely giving thanks. Trust me on this one. It’s a key component to your container.
STOP. SIT. GIVE THANKS. EAT.
Bedtime: What you take into sleep with you must be processed in your sleep. So if the last thing you do at night is watch the news or read email, your brain and body will be processing those stress chemicals instead of doing what it wants to be doing – which is healing and repairing!
I know this is a tough one. But if you want to rise from the ashes, you’ll have to buck up. You’ll have to start winding down, turning off all electronics and go to bed no later than 11. (depending on your constitution, you may need to be in bed at 9 or 10). So when I say ‘turn out the lights’ I mean start turning off all electrical gadgets at least an hour before you plan to go to bed.
And just before dozing off, instead of counting sheep, offer a prayer of gratitude for at least three things. Once you do this for a couple of weeks, you’ll be feeling SO MUCH BETTER.
TURN OUT THE LIGHTS. GIVE THANKS. GO TO SLEEP.
As I write this I realize how helpful it would be for me to teach you how to custom build your container. Would you be interested in a free webinar to learn specific elements based on your constitution to make your container stronger and more supportive of your transformation? Let me know by commenting below….and I’ll create one just for you.
Stay tuned for the next steps …..
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