calmingPart 2

Dropping Rigid Practices

Blessings on all the practices that got us to where we are now, be they physical, spiritual or metaphysical, but many are finding that what served to get us here is no longer serving in the new energies.

To me, there is no such thing as will power. If I am inspired by something and obtain a benefit from it, there is no need to push myself to do it. It fits and it flows.  

If, on the other hand, when I focus on a repetitive practice, and I feel myself contract, my energy drop, my solar plexus or power center cave, I know it is time to drop the practice.

Releasing rigid practices from our lives opens up a trust that is remarkable between our body, our soul and our path. When we listen to the signs that are telling us something no longer serves, and we actually listen, all the parts of us that make up the whole feel listened to and respected, and peace in the body can ensue.

Playing Music, Dancing, Singing and Toning

We are vibrational beings, based on our own unique frequency of light, but it is also important to note that vibration and frequency relate to sound as well.

While many are familiar with the Ohm tone of middle C that is purported to be the sound of the universe, we each vibrate at our own note on the scale, which many be considerably different for each being.

A simple practice to determine our signature vibrations is to slowly play the musical scales on an instrument while sitting quietly, or singing the Do-Re-Me song. As you allow the vibration of the musical notes to fill your body, feel into any responses you have to each separate tone. 

When you hit or sing the note that is of greatest resonance, you will find that your heart will open and your body will relax as if letting out a big sigh. For me, this tone is an A, and so humming in the tone of A or LA brings me far more centering and peace than toning in the middle-C of Ohm.

When we hear music or toning that is within close range of our own vibrational “note”, we feel deep resonance with it and we vibrate along with it. Most of our favorite music will be within this aural range, and when we hear and feel it, it serves to open the heart and release endorphins, or neurochemicals that create pleasure within the body.

When we are stressed, it is always wonderful to put on some favorite music and simply allow the body to move to the beat and embrace the frequency. As the body feels the music and embraces the joy of movement, it can shift remarkably quickly out of tension and into ease.

Singing our favorite songs also creates a tremendous amount of vibration within the body and especially within the skull and sinus cavities. Humming and singing increase the level of nitric oxide in the sinus cavities and can facilitate the release of mucous from the area.

Singing can also facilitate the release of stress in the rib cage, which contributes to shallow breathing. When we sing our heart out, we use deep belly breathing and really give the lungs a good cleanse, exchanging the tidal air from the lungs with fresh air during each deep breath.

Making animal sounds can be just as calming and regenerative. Howling like a wolf, braying like a donkey, whistling like a song bird or hooting like an owl tend to bring us into alignment with nature, as well as moving a resonant vibration of sustained tones through all the cells of the body.  Connecting with animal sounds is also fun and tends to engage humor and the inner child, which brings joy and peace to the heart.

Dancing to our favorite music is almost impossible not to do. The minute we hear our jams, we can’t help but tap our toes and shake our booties, but most folks do not actively spend time doing this in a free-form body loving way.

This is not about exercising in my estimation, which is many times tangled up with control issues related to the body and social expectations of the individual. This is about allowing the body to connect with an ancient and primal desire to move to the beat and celebrate beloved vibrations in a physical way.

When the body feels stressed from intense energy, the solar plexus tends to close down and the muscles contract in a form of tonic tension which is not easily released. Putting on our favorite music almost immediately opens the heart and invites the body into a loving space of play and movement.

When we allow the ecstatic expression of love for music to move through our bodies, the tense muscles give way to fluidity and flexibility because they want deeply to express their love for the music. As we move, our heart beats in rhythm, our blood flows smoothly and our lungs fill more fully with oxygen providing the whole body with a beautiful oxygenated flush.

Orgasm and Pelvic Floor Contractions

The physiological process of orgasm is one that engages a number of body systems and internal biochemistry that creates a rhythmic tensing and releasing of the musculature.

At its simplest defined level, devoid of reproductive, moral or spiritual constructs, an orgasm is a build up of blood flow within the spongy tissues of the phallus, which exists in both males and females, due to direct stimulation. 

Nitric oxide builds up as well. and is released at a trigger point to create a series of paroxysms throughout the entire body. The refractory period is generally a time of deep body relaxation of overall feelings of well being. 

In fact, history shows that in Victorian times physicians used direct stimulation to purposefully create paroxysm, or clitoral orgasm, as a treatment for female hysteria, but its use has fallen out of fashion for various reasons.

Orgasm releases significant quantities of oxytocin into the body system, along with other endorphins to create deep relaxation in both sexes. Oxytocin is called the bonding hormone because it creates feelings of love, connection and well being within the body. Oxytocin is also released during lactation to help bond the mother to her infant.

Those who work with internal body energy also note significant energetic movement during orgasm that facilitates balance and a reset of the nervous and energy system to a more calm state.  The pleasure factor is an added bonus as feeling good leads to a sense of well-being and the release of stress.

A related practice that promotes flow and relaxation when orgasm is not possible or appropriate focuses on deep pelvic floor contractions with alternate deep breath.

Sit or lie down comfortably and exhale fully while the belly pulls in and up with the contraction of the diaphragm at the ribs. 

As the air is expressed from the lungs and the diaphragm and belly moves up, contract the pelvic floor muscles which encircle the urethral sphincter, the perineum and the anus in both sexes, and imagine them lifting towards the navel just like the floor of an elevator. 

When they are fully contracted and the breath is fully exhaled, hold for a beat and then inhale slowly and release the pelvic floor slowly, allowing the belly to raise as the diaphragm at the ribs drops down in order to fully inflate the lungs. Hold for a few seconds and repeat the process slowly for as many cycles as feels comfortable to you.

The action is very similar to an accordion, with the diaphragm and pelvic floor coming closer together in the exhale and moving away from each other during the inhale. 

It also brings our attention and presence to the lower body area where many hold survival, connection and creative issues. The practice invites us to release with love anything that comes up in this area, while physically bringing blood and oxygen to the area to support its well being.

You can read all the parts of the Ascension Tool Kit here: Part OnePart TwoPart ThreePart FourPart FivePart Six

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