Before we start the exercise, let’s review those 7 vital mindsets: A-C-C-E-P-T. The more you carry these mindsets with you, the more powerful this exercise can be.
- A – Acceptance
Whatever may arise during Your Body Your Ally, accept it as it is without struggling to figure it out or believe that it’s real or true. Practice saying “yes” to whatever arises, which doesn’t mean “yes, I like this”, but that you accept it fully, with no resistance to it.
- C – Curiosity
Let go of any preconceived ideas you might have about how things are or should be. Instead of analyzing and trying to figure out the experiences you’re going to have, carry an attitude of genuine curiosity. Get used to thinking “hmmm, look at that” rather than “what does that mean” or “what do I need to do”.
- C – Compassion / Non-judgment
Be aware of any self-judgment that might arise during Your Body Your Ally, for any reason, and see if you can bring an attitude of compassion and kindness to anything that may arise. This includes any judgments that might arise about yourself, any resistance you might encounter to any aspect of the exercise, or anything at all that might arise. Be kind to yourself!
- E – Elimination of Expectation
Be open to experiencing whatever shows up for you, without setting expectations about how things should or shouldn’t be. Let go of any attachment to a specific outcome and make room for the unexpected.
- P – Patience
Be patient and allow things to unfold rather than trying to make them happen. Since the body’s pace tends to be slower than the pace you may be used to or eager for you’ll need to practice patience, and give your body the time it needs. Remember: “You can’t make grass grow faster by pulling on it”.
- T – Trust
Allow the experience to unfold rather than trying to figure it out and trust that the understanding will come if you stay actively engaged with the process.