About the Author: Barbara Krauss is a STORYOGRAPHER. She is a steward of creative inquiry. Her work is an organic blend of creating and writing stories, gathering stories of others, and giving them a voice. Combining her expertise in coaching/mentoring, inspirational teaching, motivational speaking and facilitating workshops, she powerfully holds space where creative engagement thrives. She is most alive when enraptured by the organic flow and freedom of immersion in creative expression and invites others to join her in this realm.
Her business is called The Centre for Organic YESipes (yes-a-peas), a place to learn, grow and become. A center for exploration, creativity and playful bantering. A space to simply hang out and be your essential authentic you. http://www.barbarakrauss.com
My passion is gathering, collecting, and sharing stories in an effort to heal women and transform the world. We have all heard the advice to "Be Still" -- but today I'm going to share with you a story of stillness as a recipe – or what I call a YESipe - which you can follow for yourself.
Imagine you are sitting around the kitchen table, trading recipes with women of many generations. Just as women do this to share their favorite ways to nourish their families, I shall share a recipe and invite you to try it. See how delicious it tastes!
In Stillness there is still movement. In Silence there is still sound. The quality of their essence is splendid when we can taste and embrace the lusciousness of exactly what they are and how they nourish and soften our souls in the moment. This is a recipe for finding your center of calm, tranquility and ease.
Begin by being in the present. Allow yourself to settle into your sacred space. Soften your thoughts, open your heart and listen. Become the container from where your creation will be birthed. Light some candles, put on soft music, prepare a cup of your favorite tea and begin to gather the ingredients for this most delectable experience.
Gently fill your vessel with a tablespoon of the grounding of your breath and the delicate essences of:
• Sensations in your body
• Feeling your feet on the ground
• Experiencing the support of the earth and
• Relaxing with the ebb and flow of your breath
Next, add a cup of lengthening and relaxing and a spoonful each of:
• Expanding into the fullness of your being
• Resting into gravity and
• Giving access to your wisdom
Gently stir all of the ingredients together. Ease your grip; release the need to hold yourself together. When you have obtained the desired consistency of letting go, add to 2 cups of balancing your attention, ¾ teaspoon of energy in space and one tablespoon each of:
• Experiencing your body
• Feeling the space behind you; the space in front of you; to the right and to the left of you, and
• Noticing the space below you and above you
Finally add a cup and a half of invoking your intention. Blend in ½ teaspoon each of aromatic inquiries. Include:
• What would it feel like if I had a little more ease in my being?
• What would it be like if I had more patience?
• What would it feel like if I had more compassion?
• For the sake of what do I want to respond in this moment?
Bring a spoonful of your nectar to you lips and taste its magical spirit. Find your breath in the center of your belly. Notice what shifts in your body and mind. Pay attention to the nuances that arise spontaneously. Be in your stillness. Be in your silence. Be in the moment. Listen.
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