What does it mean to be connected with yourself? For me, connection means feeling in alignment with my highest self, it’s feeling capable, strong, loving and compassionate. It’s a sense of knowingness and wisdom that is completely unique to me. Lately I have been searching for more and more ways to feel some sort of connection to myself, perhaps because, I have been feeling disconnected. It’s so easy to go through the ins and outs of life and forget some of the important things. Connection for me is important. I’m not going to judge myself for feeling disconnected, but instead, focus on things that I can do to get back in touch with myself. I’m sure some of you have felt this way at one time or another, so I thought I would share with you my ways of finding that connection with myself. Enjoy!
- Sitting with yourself (aka meditation). I have truly found the importance and benefit of sitting with yourself on a daily basis. No matter how much time I have, I make sure that before I begin my day I start out with a few minutes of meditation. For me, meditation is an instant connector with my higher self. It lets me know where I stand, how I’m feeling, and prepares me to enter my day. I try not to judge my thoughts that come and go and just allow. Each day is different for me with my meditation practice, but I have found that it’s best to be flexible and find what works in the given moment.
- Looking at yourself. I first learned about mirror work while on retreat with Louise Hay. She passed around little handheld mirrors and had us sit, looking into the mirror, and telling ourselves that we loved ourselves. I never could have imagined how hard this would be! Try taking some time every day to look at yourself in the mirror with purpose. Look yourself in the eyes and remind yourself of how much you love yourself. This isn’t an egotistical exercise, it really has nothing to do with the body or your physical appearance; it’s about loving and honoring yourself on a soul level. Everyday for years I would go to yoga in a room that had mirrors, and therefore I spent 90 minutes a day looking at myself in a meditative state. Due to my travels, I have been lacking in that experience and have realized how much that time helps me to connect with myself. Try it out! Look into a mirror today and say, “I love you.”
- Disconnect from technology. Many times when I’m feeling disconnected from myself, I’m TOO connected to technology. We live in a technology-driven world, I understand that; it’s so important to take some time away from the screens and give your eyes and mind a break! Make some time each day to be on a mini-digital detox.
- Spend time in nature. Being in nature immediately helps me to shift my energy and connect with myself. There is something so comforting about being with Mother Nature, and I’ve been craving that time more and more lately. Whether it’s heading out to the beach or even taking a walk in a local park, nature can have so many healing and connecting properties.
- Journaling. Sometimes we have so many thoughts going through our minds it’s hard to keep track of what’s going on. This leads to me feeling completely disconnected from myself and sometimes overwhelmed. I’ve found that journaling is a tool that can help from feeling this way. I like to spend a few minutes in the morning just free-writing thoughts, in a sense to let it all go. I don’t analyze or try to make it perfect, I just write. I feel so much clearer and connected afterwards.
What are some of your habits or tools to help you connect with you? Let me know in the comments section!
Michelle is Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life's Creative Director and resident writer. She has a degree in Journalism from Indiana University and is also a certified holistic health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and registered yoga teacher with trainings with Anuttara Yoga Shala and Strala Yoga. Michelle has a deep desire to help people find happiness in all areas of their lives, and truly believes the Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life movement will bring lasting change to the world. Michelle splits her time between Florida and New York City and loves connecting with people from all over the world. If you'd like to contact her, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org