Hot Air Practice Tool When Worried

There is a wonderful book called Shortcuts to Inner Peace 70 Simple Paths to Everyday Serenity, written by Ashley Davis Bush, L.C.S.W.  The author writes “When I find myself preoccupied by the useless agitation of worry, I picture myself up above, mesmerized by a beautiful view, seeing my life as a speck in a vast world.”  Here is The Hot Air Practice:

Hot Air Practice Tool When WorriedTRIGGER:  When you are worried.

TOOL:  Imagine yourself up in a hot-air balloon looking down on yourself.  See the whole picture of your life in the context of the world.  Take a deep breath.  As you breathe out slowly, relax your shoulders and say to yourself, “The world is large and I am only a small piece in the puzzle of it.”

PURPOSE:  When we gain some perspective on our situations, it can be a tonic for our weary, worried minds.  Remembering that the world does not revolve around us gives us the freedom to relax and Hot Air Practice Tool When Worriedexperience inner peace.

Exercise – Be A Tree

December 13th, 2013 | Posted by Velda in ENERGY HEALING

Eercise - Be A Tree

Whenever you feel physically stiff, groggy, ungrounded or emotionally stuck, I recommend practicing the following exercise found in Shortcuts to Inner Peace  by Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW:


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                  EXERCISE – BE A TREE

1. Stand up and reach your arms overhead, stretching as if trying to touch the sky. 

2. Close your eyes and imagine being a tree.

3. Visualize your body as a strong trunk, your arms as branches, and your fingers as leaves.

4. Imagine roots extending through your feet into the earth.

5.  Let yourself sway in the wind.

6.  Lower your arms then pull up energy from your roots as you bring arms up overhead again.

7. Breathe in deeply and exhale slowly.  Feel yourself grounded, rooted, and connected to the majesty of trees.

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“Paying attention to the details of our bodies and slowly exhaling calms our stress response to the world around us. When we stretch and breathe deeply, we are energized. We extend our limbs to connect to a classic natural symbol of strength and, and we pull energy up from our roots.  We can embody the energy of life that is the tree.”

~Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW