As I’ve mentioned before, I receive weekly “Wellness Wednesday” emails from master healer Sonia Sommer, and they’re always full of inspiring insights and practical tools. I wanted to share one of her most recent articles with you because this practice is so easy and simple, yet so potentially powerful. Here it is:
Form Is Content
by Sonia Sommer
I first heard the concept in a parenting book. Kids are sponges for their environment. Not so much the physical things in it, but more importantly, the emotional state of the people around them. The emotional environment.
The idea was, as long as you create a calm, loving state within yourself, what you say and do will be the optimum environment for your child to learn and thrive.
On the flip side, negative states such as anxiousness or anger will send your child into fear and protection mode, which stunts growth and learning, amongst other things.
The form: your state of being, is the content delivered in your life.
Here's the thing, this is true for all of us, all the time.
The primary thing to cultivate is your state of being. This pretty much takes care of everything! Wait that's a bold statement....but, yeah I'm sticking with it.
When you're in an optimal state such as gratitude or the less tangible but uber powerful love, you'll naturally say, do and create optimal things.
And ... get this ...
So will the people around you. That's nice isn't it? Sustained higher states of being always entrain lower states upwards. (That one I learned in Rolfing school decades ago).
You are effectively, the transmitter and receiver of the content of your life. You create and receive according to your internal state of being.
This is a huge relief and super awesome I reckon. Because it's much easier to just go internal and cultivate your state than it is to try to figure out exactly what to do in every moment. Especially when shit's hitting the fan, other people are chucking a tantrum or things just aren't flowing.
I invite you to try this experiment today and see what happens
· First thing in the morning, sit quietly and bring to mind a time when you gave or received love. Think of your kids, parents, pet, good mates, whatever works for you.
· Cultivate this state of love with all your senses. What does it feel like in your body, what are the words, sights, smells. Really bathe yourself in this sea of love.
· Hang here with great focus for 2 - 3 minutes (longer and your mind starts wandering).
· Enjoy your day.
If you want to boost things, you can set a timer to go off 3 times during the day and repeat the process. I begin all meditations with this process and try to stay with it for the entire time. If you bump into something or someone a bit challenging during the day, go straight to your form. You'll access the full bandwidth of optimal outcomes.
What do you think? Sounds so simple, but I can see how it has the potential to change everything. Try it and let me know how it goes!
I’ll be taking some family vacation time in July, so the blog will be on break until the beginning of August. See you then!