Remembering to play and trust like a child

Lately, I’ve been playing with my niece and have noticed the energy she carries - of curiosity, presence, and playfulness - in exploring and being part of the world. Daring with a smile is what comes to me right now.

I feel this is the core essence in every human and sometimes, these fun feelings seem to get lost in the majority of us and replaced with “hows “shoulds” and “whys”.

This core essence is also taken over by overwhelm, frustration, wordy well-meaning teachers, parents, gurus, societal standards, and comparison to others.

Things get soooo darn serious as we become adults - learning becomes serious because play becomes serious; we HAVE TO WIN instead of playing to have fun and enjoy life.

We lose our glow :(

How do we get past our self-imposed limitations and learned fears in the world with the eyes and energy of a child?

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So how do we learn to play and explore again?
Here are some ideas:

*LET GO OF EXPECTATIONS: use your imagination to be willing to step beyond your boundaries. I can pretty much guarantee the outcome will be less embarrassing than falling in the snow on your butt at a busy intersection.

*BE CURIOUS: use your senses instead of your mind. Touch, smell, listen, and observe what’s going on in your immediate surroundings. If it freaks you out, breathe and see if anything changes. If not, ask why.

*MOVE: have fun in your environment. Flit around like a butterfly at a party you don’t know people, spin a circle, get dizzy. BE IN YOUR BODY INSTEAD OF YOUR HEAD.

*LAUGH MORE: don’t just text LOL - but laugh out loud on the train AS you text it! Laugh until your abs hurt. :)

Sometimes we don't feel ready to do something new, but it’s the only choice we have to glow and flow.

Remembering to explore the world like a child while consciously in our bodies will help us have fun in the process!

So finally - what’s a commitment you can make this week to nurture your playful curiosity of life that you’re a vital part of?

I’d love to know...

 

Lisa Kai is a licensed bodywork therapist in Chicago Illinois. She specializes in transformational bodywork including Lomi Lomi and Visionary Craniosacral. This blog contains her insights on bodywork and everyday tips for practicing Aloha for the body, mind, and spirit. Lisa also practices Aloha, is a nature loving tikiphile, digs jazz (well, all types of music really!), double dips her veggies, is an artist, and embraces change.


 

Dancing as a Mini Self-Discovery Tool

What is this all about you ask? This staying solidly connected to your inner self?

Let’s see. Well - ultimately it’s a deep curiosity to understand and balance the science of OUR uniquely individual and magical inner alchemy of the body, mind, and spirit.
It’s introspection and feeling into the body’s energy to help guide your decisions and what feels empowering and in-tune with you, instead of what what makes you exhausted and overwhelmed.

It’s what we like to innately do as humans. Balance and attune ourselves. We LOVE to explore and expand. Especially through play!

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Do you feel you’re not always connected fully to that innate intelligence?
You are not alone.
Do you want a tool to keep you EVEN MORE in-tune with that voice of wisdom?
Of course you do - because you’re YOU.

So, come on and check this out!

It’s fun, and super connecting - plus, you get a little mini workout too :)

Please remember - this not a test. There is no right or wrong and definitely no pass or fail. Just some playFULL fun.

I call this little dance of curiosity “The JAM and Stop”

1. put your ipod or spotify or whatever you use on random. Hit play and dance for 2 or 3 songs. (about 10 min) Dance the way the song makes you feel inside. Slow, jumping all around, smooth groovin’ - whatever feels good to your body.

2. After a few songs - STOP dancing, and STAND STILL for a few minutes.
Tap into your body; Feel everything you feel; physical, emotional, nothing at all.
Whatever it is.

3. Now, sit and write in a journal or on your computer any observations.
Eg: my knees weren’t happy... I didn’t feel anything... I feel all tingly, shaking, numb - Whatever. Does any of this relate to any part of your life in particular?
Write that down, and when you have some time, reflect on it. How it makes your body and energy feel and how that may effect your life.

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Cool beans -we’re done! Fun and simple.

May you use this tool whenever you want and enjoy it’s benefits.


Lisa Kai is a licensed bodywork therapist in Chicago Illinois. She specializes in transformational bodywork including Lomi Lomi and Visionary Craniosacral. This blog contains her insights on bodywork and everyday tips for practicing Aloha for the body, mind, and spirit. Lisa also practices Aloha, is a nature loving tikiphile, digs jazz (well, all types of music really!), double dips her veggies, is an artist, and embraces change.


 

Easy to Feel Levels of Transformation

Aloha! I’m super geeked to connect with you deeply today about our inner selves and connecting even more to this magical place of inner knowing that ultimately leads to deeper alignment for more reflective decisions, healthier relationships, and through the ripple effect, a more balanced flowing life in the world.
your world specifically.
Who doesn’t want that?
Sign me up sister - I’m all for being more deeply aware for all of my life!

This is such a super easy way to notice different levels of awareness within the body.

Ok - we’re on…

Let’s start with what we already know.
When you receive bodywork, the most obvious change you notice is relaxation.
I’m not going to insult you with the science of how all this happens because I believe you already know that “stuff”. But man, doesn’t it just feel good to have loving hands knead away that physical stress? That neuromuscular relaxation is so healing at the purely physical level… right?

So then, what happens after the physical relaxation?
Probably for most of us, some stillness.
You know - our thoughts recede a bit, we feel overall calmer, possibly more clear and spacious, and we really want this feeling to last as long as possible :)
Stillness is so rare for us; with our phones, TV, computers, radio, and all the other obvious distractions, it’s nice to feel still.

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Think hammock in the shade on a warm afternoon with your eyes closed. Letting thoughts drift out of your brain and sporting a Mona Lisa smile….


Now, we’re relaxed and feeling some sense of stillness.
What comes next?
Hmmm… that tangible feeling of being more present - awareness at a deeper level of mindfulness that it almost seems limitless.




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To the hammock vision: add noticing your soft breath, any feelings that arise, a light breeze on your skin and your hair blowing in the same direction as the breeze.

Webster’s dictionary defines presence as: the fact or condition of being more present, the part of space within ones immediate vicinity.
This can read as: our inner self and it’s immediate surroundings - body, room, emotions, thoughts, feelings, magnetic field and everything and everyone we interact with outside of ourselves.

As sentient beings, our bodies and magnetic fields know innately how to soak in, decipher information, and then find and maintain its natural state of balance/inner alchemy.
That we’re all wired to know innately if something is right or not for us and with some relaxation, stillness, and presence, is a lovely gift of feeling the inner alchemy of your inner knowing/intuition working in-tune with your outer self and world.

This lovely teeter-totter balancing dance of the alchemy of body, mind, and spirit helps us to evolve and embody our wholeness. This, without any other change, is in itself, healing.

Let’s transform ourselves, Transform for yourself, Transform for your loved ones, Transform for future generations and Transform for the world by fine-tuning our glow and flow to feel and live our most high vibration life!

 

Lisa Kai is a licensed bodywork therapist in Chicago Illinois. She specializes in transformational bodywork including Lomi Lomi and Visionary Craniosacral. This blog contains her insights on bodywork and everyday tips for practicing Aloha for the body, mind, and spirit. Lisa also practices Aloha, is a nature loving tikiphile, digs jazz (well, all types of music really!), double dips her veggies, is an artist, and embraces change.