But I've found that using your body is a really important element to this. When you're doing the work, there is something about exercise that helps you integrate faster, and feel more joy. There's even the science to back up that you feel happy when you exercise.
We are all spirits that chose to have this human experience. Why? Because it's incredibly unique. Our ability to feel and experience is so much more vivid and dense than when we are in spirit body. But it takes getting used to. Being human can be incredibly painful, and as a healer, I've noticed that we rarely knew what we were getting into when we chose to come here.
Which is why using our bodies becomes that much more important. For most of us, we are learning how to bring together our spirits and our bodies. And usually one gets neglected in the pursuit of the other.
In 2011 I heard the call to do a particular solo meditation retreat for 35 days. I was in a 9' x 9' cabin on the side of the mountain, meditating from morning to night. I was hauling my own water and digging a latrine. It was a unique and powerful, although not easy, experience. While I was there, the space between my cells kept calling to me. But when I would try to look directly at it, or use my mind to figure it out, like a dream it would become out of reach. I've since spent a lot of time and curiosity exploring this space.
This is the space that allows life and joy to come through. You can find Spirit, and the energy beyond here. It's the space that becomes contracted or shut off when we're tense, stressed or afraid. Again, all the practices above are critical to accessing and softening this space. But when we actually move our bodies, we move the energy. We get out of our heads, and into our beings. This is where we experience bliss between the cells.
So as the weather is becoming nicer, see if you can get your heart rate up and endorphins going, to allow yourself this bliss. It's delicious and your right as a spirit-in-a-human-body. Enjoy this body while you have it!