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What Failure Taught Me About Balance (a guest post from Paula Jenkins)

September 19, 2016

Today, I’m so pleased to present this guest post from my dear friend and collaborator, Paula Jenkins, a Joyful Living Coach and podcaster, with whom I’m teaching a very special course this fall called Roots & Wings.  (This course is now closed, but you can check out plenty more digital courses in my shop right here!)

What Failure Taught Me About Balance – a guest post from Joyful Living Coach, Paula Jenkins. Read more and get the free audio meditation here! >> www.christytending.com

Paula writes:

A big fear that stops many of us, including my clients, is a fear of failing. This kind fear is tricky and sneaky, and it often masks itself as something else, but it lies below the surface. If you’ve done any inner critic work, you may notice that the the inner critic likes to fling this fear around with reckless abandon. It gets your attention, it can stop you in your tracks, and it can change the course of your decisions.

As a project manager for 17 years, one of the hardest lessons I had to learn was to let people (including myself) “fail.”

Inevitably, as projects progressed, things would slip, or, we’d find out something was not truly possible (creative ideas have limitations in website builds), or people would have other things come up in their lives. At first, it was very hard for me to let go of my perceived control around deadlines and meeting stated requirements.

It was hard for me to see that anything else could be as important as getting something done “right.”

But, over time, and over a series of failures ranging from small to epic (best shared over drinks.  I like scotch.), it became clear that even with my best intentions and in throwing every tool I knew at a project, failure was still a very real possibility.

The other hard and real truth I came to realize around failure was that I was tying the success of a project to my own perceived self-worth.

I wasn’t extending grace or flexibility to myself because I simply could not deal with the idea that I didn’t measure up, or worse (here’s where my inner critic was screaming at me), that I would become clear to everyone that I didn’t deserve to be on the team, and I’d be asked to leave.

What were the other options? I could keep fighting my reality and keep forcing a fit around something that was causing me pain.

Or, I could accept that people fail, I fail, and that things go on. And, in fact, people learn and grow and change when they fail, in ways that would never happen if I continued to try to control everything about every project I was on.

It was right around this same time that I started taking improv classes, which truly changed how I saw failure.

One of my favorite lessons around “failure” has to do with an improv troupe I worked with for awhile. Improv, while hilarious, is also deeply vulnerable. You get up in front of people and act out scenes from nothing, no script, no direction, no anything, except what you have in your head.

It’s a practice of total trust; trusting in your troupe, and trusting yourself. Improv folks don’t set out to be funny, per se, but they set out to be authentic.

We learned quickly that if you TRY to be funny, you won’t be, but if you speak from the heart and say whatever is on the tip of your tongue, the results are often hysterical. No one else can think the way you do, or make the connections you do.

When we worked together as a troupe getting ready for a show, we had a practice. If someone said something that sounded absurd, or simply wasn’t funny, or strangely awkward, they put their hands up in the air, took an over-exaggerated bow and yelled “I failed!!” Then the troupe would applaud, the weirdness would be over, and everyone moved on.

It worked because we all failed, all the time.

We acknowledged the weirdness, and let it go. The energy always changed after joyful laughter and we were ready to be back in the zone, together.

With this lesson under my belt, I started practicing it elsewhere in my life. I let people fail. And I let myself fail.  I refrained from taking a bow at work. Instead, I started acknowledging when things didn’t work, and thanked people for trying new things. I built more time into timelines. I spoke in different ways about what “completing” a task looked like.

Accepting, and then inviting, failure led to gentleness and grace with teams and with myself.

It created more rapport, more fun, more joy in the teams because it quietly stated that we were not fighting failure, but we were incorporating it, and making better projects because we made improvements based on our learnings.  I invite you to start playing with how you can allow failure in your life. How you can welcome it in and embrace it? See what starts to change.

If you’re wanting to play with the ideas of failure, here are a few thoughts on where to start.

Play with the idea of “failure” as an illusion.

If you’re worried you’ll fail at a task, try to define failure around any given situation. If it’s around changing careers, you might fear that no one will respond to your resume. Or you might be afraid you’ll dislike the new job as much as you do the current one.

Re-define failure again.

Once you have your definition in hand, ask yourself if that’s truly failing. If no one responds to your resume, there’s nothing lost. If you dislike the new job, you’ve still gotten experience interviewing and your resume is polished up and ready to go, again.

Make it play-focused.

Children experiment with new things all the time with no fear of “failing” because it’s play. The building they make from blocks can’t support the weight of a 12th story? They try again. The cardboard fort they build in the backyard gets rained on overnight and falls apart? They get out the markers!

Because now it’s a cave and they start making “caveman” drawing on the inside. The real genius of this point of view is that it builds change into the process. It recognizes that in trying and building in multiple iterations, innovation happens.

Failure is a feedback loop.

If that’s too fanciful for you, try thinking of “failure” as nothing more than feedback from the universe. Maybe something didn’t work the first time, but there was information on how to improve the idea.


Thank you so much for your wisdom, Paula! I am so honored to be your friend to get to teach by your side. ~ Christy

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P.S.: Breathing for Every Mood and Breathing Can Heal You

About Paula:

View More: http://shelbyoliver.pass.us/paulaj-2015-headshotPaula Jenkins is a Joyful Living Coach and podcaster focused on transforming lives. From working one on one with coaching clients, to writing, and hosting a weekly podcast, she is dedicated to bringing more joy into the world.

Her purpose and her work all dance with the transformative nature of joy, even when we are faced with hard times and difficult questions. She is motivated by the words of Henri Nouwen:  “Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.”

She makes her online home at www.jumpstartyourjoy.com

 

 

Breathing Practices for Every Mood

September 12, 2016

You are not an equation to be solved. You are a soft being to be loved. Self-care is not about treating yourself as problem to be fixed, because you are not. You are a vulnerable human. You are a glorious expression of the whole universe.

Breathing can be an incredibly healing tool. But it's never one-size-fits all. Which is perhaps the most effective thing about it. Let's look at breathing practices for every mood. And get your free breathing meditation inside! >> www.christytending.com

Which means that your practice: of self-care, of spirit (however you define it), of your humanity needs to be personal.

It will not look the same as mine. It may not even look the same as yours, day to day. Which is why breathing is such a blessing. Your breath already belongs to you. There is no one who will ever be a greater expert in your breath than you are.

With this inner knowledge, along with a toolbox full of breathing practices, we can approach every moment, every mood, every breath as an experiment in our own being. There is a practice for everyone and for every one of those moods.

The inhale tends to be more energizing. The exhale more calming and grounding. The breath through the left nostril tends to create more ease, while the right tends to create more vitality. Breathing can happen in slow, steady breaths, or quickly and with more vigor. We can combine all of these elements in order to create different effects in the different layers of the body.

The physical body, mental body, emotional body, energetic body, and spirit all respond to breath.

Through the breath, we can create deeper sleep, more focus, greater joy, increased calm, a sense of grounding. Most of all, we are crafting connection with the present moment. Through mindfulness of the breath, first and foremost, we come to a sense of presence in this moment, in this physical place, wherever and however we find ourselves.

This ability to connect with the present allows us to show up for ourselves, unconditionally.

When we choose to wake up to the experience of our breath, we are waking up to our experience of being human. Regardless of our passing mood (and all moods do eventually pass), our breath can support us.

It can offer comfort. It can take the sting out of what we experience. Or it can deepen the felt sense that we are holding in that moment.

Best of all, our breath can help us recognize our own humanity.

That seems big, and kind of nebulous, though. In the real world, and in real-life situations…

How else might our breath support us?

In moments of:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Insomnia
  • Grief
  • Overwhelm
  • Runaway multi-tasking
  • Mid-afternoon slumps
  • Lack of focus
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Motion sickness
  • Indecision
  • Dearth of creativity
  • Travel discomfort

(This is an incomplete list, just from my own personal experience.)

Now, lest you think this is all bluster, that breath is just woo-woo, I’ll leave you with this:

UCSF conducted a medical study in which it measured the impact of yogic breathing practices, like those I teach, for people going through chemotherapy treatment. As compared to their peers who did not experience yogic breathing practices, those who did experienced fewer instances and less severity of depression, anxiety, and insomnia.SWEET SLEEP IS WITHIN REACH WITH THIS SIMPLE AUDIO PRACTICE: Breathing for Deep Rest, a free audio practice from Christy Tending. Grab yours here >> www.christytending.com

The breath is just amazing, don’t you think?

P.S.: Want to get a small taste of how breathing can make a gorgeous impact on your inner realm?

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Breathing Can Heal You

August 22, 2016

Breathing is an incredibly powerful healing tool. I’ll show you why.

breathing mindfully offers a huge range of benefits, including potent self-healing effects ranging from better sleep to deeper calm. Learn more and get your free audio breathing meditation inside! >> www.christytending.com

Let me paint you a picture:

It was a random night in January, 2008 at 3am. I was on my hands and knees scrubbing my bathtub and bathroom floor. Hands shaking, as though I were experiencing something much more chemically dangerous than adrenaline.

Once that was done, I got up and made lunch for the week: a giant pot of dal. The sun wouldn’t be up for hours, but I needed to keep myself busy.

This is what hyper-vigilance and insomnia looked like on me. (Hint: it was not a good look.) This moment was a breaking point for me in my journey from burnout to healing. Though I call healing a journey and self-care a practice. You’re never really done with either – at least I’m not.

What I needed were coping mechanisms.

Yes, I also had deep, existential healing to do on myself. I had excavation to do on behalf of my mental health and physical well-being. But in the meantime, I needed tools. I needed a set of practices that were simple, effective, and didn’t require leaving my apartment.

I fell into a “I’m going to try everything under the sun” phase: acupuncture, yoga, tai chi, chiropractic, yadda yadda. You name it, I’ve tried it.

What I found was breathing.

Through the wisdom of a couple of yoga teachers, I found pranayama, yogic breathing practices that could shift energy on the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual planes. While yoga asana (the actual poses) was profoundly helpful, the breathing practices were perhaps the most powerful.

I couldn’t always muster the energy or motivation to actually do a sun salutation, but breathing I could do from my bed. And, ultimately, I slept. I healed.

The power of breathing: cause and effect

Breathing is an incredibly potent tool that we can access any time, anywhere, regardless of ability, body size, health status, etc. It is available to you in any moment. No fancy equipment or advanced training required.

All it takes is a bit of mindfulness, some curiosity, and a willingness to be present with what arises.

Below are just some of the benefits of a regular breathing practice.


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Awareness

When I’m feeling frazzled and overwhelmed, I’m usually not in a state of awareness that’s aligned with how I enjoy feeling. Breathing brings me back.

It brings me back into my body. It helps me to ground myself in the present-moment sensations of my body. My lungs, my limbs, and everything in between. Simply through breathing, I can notice the rest of my body, because it’s all connected. This fullness of awareness in the body is what some practitioners call “embodiment.”

Breathing also brings me back to my intuition. I’ll talk more about how it affects my mental state in a minute. But I will also say that my intuition is my most important healing tool. Whether I’m working on my own healing or facilitating that for others, I rely on my intuition. Just by connecting with my breath, I’m also able to connect to that inner knowing and experience.

Finally, breathing gives me awareness of the present moment and the place in which I find myself. It places me in time and location, even when I’m spinning out to other times (past or future). Or if I’m caught up in thinking about something that’s happening elsewhere. Through my breath, I can come back to the here and now.

Spaciousness

Breathing helps me to cultivate spaciousness in my interior space. It allows me to slow the racing of my thoughts. It allows me to set down my attachments to whatever emotions are coming up. I’m able to let things go, or at least not cling so tightly.

With a few breaths, I can put space between thoughts and emotions that otherwise seem to be looping or piling on top of one another. This makes way for reponsiveness, instead of reaction. In that space, I can tease out the finer points of what’s going on.

This level of discernment lets me decide which thoughts and emotions I want to buy into – and which I want to set free. The breath gives me a buffer between me and the drama that my mind creates. It offers reprieve and spaciousness in the face of rushing, suffering, or unhelpful inner narratives.

Ease

Ease isn’t necessarily my default setting. As someone who has faced anxiety and insomnia many times over in this lifetime, breathing is one of my go-to practices to infuse calm into my day.

As I mentioned before, breathing practices are phenomenal at diffusing stress and worry, and at creating a felt sense of calm. When I breathe mindfully, I can often discover not just the dissipation of worry, but its cause. Once I know the root of what’s riling me up, I can often address it head-on.

Breathing brings me back into balance. When I’m rushing through tasks or my day, just a few breaths, slowly and deliberately can return me to my calm center. I remember that I don’t have to do it all. I remember that perfection isn’t required. Instead, I can rest in a sense of balance, of work without striving.

Finally, breathing has completely revolutionized my relationship with sleep. I used to experience long bouts of insomnia many times per year, waking in the middle of the night and not being able to get back to sleep. Now, I practice a few rounds of breathing techniques and can often drift off before I know it.

Breathing is a reliable, intuitive, and powerful way for me to heal in any moment.

I can take my energy from stressed to settled in moments. Breathing allows me to access my inner knowing, in order to stay curious and present, at any time. It’s fabulous for insomnia, for travel, or for difficult moments.

I believe that what we’re really here to do is to diminish suffering. Which is what breathing does, on every level of being. It works on our physical, mental, emotional, and energetic bodies. It is empathetic, not forceful. Best of all, it already belongs to us.


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Self-Care is not all or nothing

June 7, 2016

I pride myself on sharing exclusive content with my email list. It’s the very best of my work, and it’s always something that you can only read if you’re a subscriber to my list. (Are you subscribed? Get in on the goodness here!)

 

But today, I needed you (all of you) to know this. So I’m pulling back the curtain and sharing this pep talk as far and wide as possible. Maybe you need this today. Maybe it will inspire you to join the awesome people who are getting these pep talks every week. Either way, I love you.

Yes, we have to shift the culture of overwork. But self-care is not all or nothing. Even a little bit can offer us the healing we need to get through the day – and the courage to keep on. Learn more and get free self-care resources inside! >> www.christytending.com

 

Dear beloved & brilliant,

I believe in busting self-care myths. Not for my own ego or so that I get to be right. But because I think that under the myth that isn’t serving us is a way to healing. I hear people say that it’s the culture that’s at fault and that no amount of self-care will “work”.

File this under “things that break my heart.”

Because it is the culture of overwork and of “never enough” and of systemic inequality that’s making us feel sick and exhausted and “not enough.” But also because I believe in the restorative, redemptive power of self-care.

I can hold both of those beliefs at once. Because self-care is not all or nothing. Just because I can’t do it all, doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing a little. It doesn’t mean that you’re not worth respect and tender care, even if it can only be in small doses sometimes.

Just because you can’t do it all, doesn’t mean you should give up.

You don’t need a 3-hour massage or a 2-week vacation or a lot of money to have a small taste of your own capacity for healing.

This is why I fell in love with meditative breathing practices what (feels like) a million years ago. Because with every breath, I am empowered. Through these practices, little by little, I began to experience respectful attention of my own experience.

Over time, I could listen to – and believe my inner voice, my beloved intuition.

What a gift. What a direct witnessing of myself as a precious being!

Yes, there is still a deep culture of overwork. But there is time for one full breath. (Maybe now.) There may even be three minutes where you can sneak off to practice in the bathroom stall (I’ve been there!).

And if it doesn’t happen today, that’s alright. You get to try again tomorrow.

Why? Because this is not all or nothing. Yes, we must shift the culture of overwork. For our own survival, that needs to happen. But in the meantime, I invite you to offer yourself some gesture of compassion, of gentleness, of care.

Maybe in this moment, we can feel own own brilliance – and have the courage to change what we need to.

With care,
Christy

 

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P.P.S. As ever, my free self-care resource garden is open to you, and filled with self-care tools, absolutely free. And get your free audio breathing meditation, Breathing for Deep Rest.

How to balance stress with your breath

June 6, 2016

Your breath is a powerful healing tool that requires no extra stuff and only a small amount of training to experience huge benefits! Read on for small breathing practices to help you balance stress and grab your free breathing meditation here.

Your breath is one of the best healing tools you have. Learn to balance stress with the power of your breath. Plus get your free audio meditation inside! >> www.christytending.com

Bring your awareness to your breath

Without doing anything to change the breath, simply find a comfortable seat and either close your eyes or divert them downward.

From that place notice the breath. Pay attention to its rhythm, the sensations of the breath against your nostrils, and any other experiences you may encounter by bringing your awareness fully to the breath. Does the breath make a sound or create a feeling? Does it have a particular quality? Is the inhale or exhale naturally more easeful?

Take a minute or so to breathe, noticing these sensations, and a minute to journal about what you experience. You may choose to journal a little after each modification to the breath to notice how these practices impact your inner state.

Just noticing may help you to feel more present, easeful in the moment, and less stressed.

Slow the breath down

Once you’re noticing the breath, begin to slow it down. Count how many beats it takes to inhale and exhale. These may not be even – that’s perfectly fine. Once you have that number of counts for each breath, begin to lengthen it. Perhaps just by one count on each part of the breath.

Eventually, you’ll work up to longer breaths. You may notice that this becomes easier the longer you breathe mindfully. Don’t strain the breath – it should feel fairly comfortable. But it may be the case that after a minute of breathing this way, you’re able to take longer inhales and exhales.

When you slow down, you can free yourself from that sense of emergency and de-tangle yourself from overwhelm.

Make the breath even

After you’ve slow the breath down a bit, begin to even out the inhale and the exhale. If you’re a very beginner, begin with a count of two on the inhale, and a count of two on the exhale. Again, avoid making any of this forced. Use a count that feels comfortable to you. You can always work up with more practice.

After a minute or so, note how you feel. Perhaps you’re ready to increase the counts, but perhaps the count you’ve been using is just right. Use your intuition. The idea is to let the breath flow in and out like the tide, even, easeful, and calm.

Evening out the breath creates a sense of equilibrium and of calm. As I’ll discuss more below, it takes the pressure off the inhale, and allows you to exhale more fully.

Extend the exhale

Once you are counting the inhale and exhale, and making them even, begin to lengthen the exhale. At first, lengthen it by one count. Then play with extending it even more, up to twice as long as the inhale. Imagine releasing everything that no longer serves you with this exhale. Letting go of thoughts, patterns, or worries that don’t feel useful to you.

In Ayurveda, the inhale is governed by the wind and ether elements, while the exhale is associated with water and earth elements. So according to this system, the longer exhale will help you to feel more grounded, stable, and safe. The inhale is more energizing – and the breath that is usually dominant in Western culture. By favoring the exhale, we’re able to shed some of the rushing and balance stress of everyday life.

Notice the pause between your breaths

This doesn’t require you to do anything. Simply notice the little pause or space in between the exhale and inhale, and between the inhale and exhale. Paying attention to this almost imperceptible space gives you an opportunity to find rest in the smallest moments.

Even while the breath is involuntary, there is still a bit of a hitch between breaths. Get in touch with these small moments. When we bring our attention to these small moments and experience that pause, we can balance stress without forcing anything.

Try alternate nostril breathing

If you’re crave better sleep and want to balance stress, I can’t recommend this practice more highly. Learn more about this breathing meditation here – and how I use it in my own self-care practice. I realized the other day that I’ve been using this practice for about 9 years! It’s my very favorite for falling asleep, soothing travel stress, and coming back to myself.

Breathing is healing. Enjoy better sleep, less stress, and deep healing, all through the power of your breath. Learn more and find free self-care resources inside! >> www.christytending.comPlus, sign up for the free breathing masterclass!
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Breathing Meditation for Better Sleep

May 30, 2016

Last week, I talked about how I get quality sleep and wake up rested – and live life as a morning person! This week, I want to share the one breathing meditation I use when I do have trouble falling asleep:

 

have trouble falling asleep? Try this one simple breathing practice to reduce stress, increase mindfulness, and fall asleep quickly. Plus there's a free audio breathing practice inside! >> www.christytending.com

In my workshop, Breathing Yourself Well, I’ll be diving into a full range of breathing practices for self-care. If you’re interested in learning more, grab your seat!

Breathing well has been at the cornerstone of my practice for years.

In my training as a yoga teacher, we learned how to teach a full range of pranayama, or yogic breathing practice. Each practice is designed to create a different effect in the mind and body. Each one has a different application.

It is an elegant form of working with one’s energy on a more subtle level than yoga asana, or the poses we think of as “yoga.” When I taught, I would always close with a few minutes of pranayama, to help students integrate the practice and to prepare them for the outside world. These practices, even just for a few repetitions, can often be more potent than a full hour of asana.

I didn’t fully understand its power until I was on an overnight bus speeding across Patagonia.

I was traveling with my dude and we were traveling from Puerto Madryn on the Atlantic Coast, to Bariloche, in the Andes mountains, in Patagonia. The bus trip took fourteen hours, and within 15 minutes of boarding, my dude was asleep. For the next twelve hours.

I read for a bit, but really craved sleep. The rattling of the double-decker bus wasn’t particularly conducive, and the seats didn’t recline. So I fell back on my yoga training. Before long, I was waking up with the sun coming up over the Patagonian mountains.

 

How did I do it? I used a simple alternate-nostril breathing practice.

With this simplemeditation, I was able to fall asleep on the bus and enjoy fairly restful sleep, given the circumstances. I’ve been using the practice at least weekly ever since, for a whole range of self-care needs. I love this practice for any kind of sleeplessness, especially related to anxiety. I also find it’s beneficial for motion-sickness or nausea, and sensations of claustrophobia.

I also use this as a meditation if I’m feeling overwhelmed, trying to make a difficult decision, or preparing for a difficult conversation.

To me, it feels like a miracle practice.


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If you want to listen to this breathing meditation, as you fall asleep, or simply to practice, get your free audio download here! >>


Background on Nadi Shodhana Pranayama:

Nadi Shodhana Pranayama, or alternate-nostril breathing. quiets the mind and brings balance to the hemispheres of the brain. It comes from classical yoga breathing practice, called pranayama, that are designed to create a variety of energetic effects in the body and mind, in order to prepare, ultimately, for deep meditation.

Instructions for Alternate-Nostril Breathing:

Sit comfortably with your eyes closed and your back upright. Bring your left hand to rest in your lap. You’ll use the right hand for this pranayama, if possible. Bring your right forefinger and middle finger to your third eye space. Bring the ring and pinky fingers to close the left nostril.

  • Inhale through the right side. Bring your thumb to close the right nostril, release the left-side fingers.
  • Exhale from the left nostril. Inhale through the left nostril. Close the left nostril with the ring and pinky fingers. Lift the thumb.
  • Exhale from the right nostril. Then begin the pattern over again, and repeat for a few minutes…

 

If you get lost, or distracted, bring your awareness back to the breath, and remember the pattern:

Exhale, inhale; switch sides

Exhale, inhale; switch sides

 Once you’re accustomed to the rhythm, try the practice without using your hands, simply guiding the air through one nostril and then the other using your awareness and energy (rather than your hand). It’s a wonderful way to experiment with energy work.

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I hope you enjoy integrating this meditation into your self-care repertoire! I’d love to hear about how you use it in your own life.


SWEET SLEEP IS WITHIN REACH WITH THIS SIMPLE AUDIO PRACTICE: Breathing for Deep Rest, a free audio practice from Christy Tending. Grab yours here >> www.christytending.comIf you want to listen to this breathing meditation, as you fall asleep, or simply as a mindfulness meditation, get your free audio download here! >>

P.S.: My upcoming self-care workshop on breathing for healing (for free!)

P.P.S. Real Self-Care: Sleep