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Saying Thank you – The first step for transformation

How to be thankful when you don’t feel thankful

Once a year here in the U.S. (and elsewhere), we unite and in the thought to be thankful. Thanksgiving is a wonderful reminder to connect to the inner state of gratefulness and, when we are grateful, a whole cascade of neurochemicals is released in our bodies, lowering inflammation and stimulating repair and immune mechanisms. When we are in gratefulness, we feel connected to others and we are happier.

The thing is, sometimes Thanksgiving week comes and we are just not “there.” We are going through issues, stresses, hurts, and are having a hard time finding what to say thank you for, much less have the feeling of gratitude. We may say to ourselves “forget this, Thanksgiving is an arbitrary date and I don’t have control over what is happening to me just these days.” What can we do to jump into the stream of gratitude?

Here is a practical exercise you can do:

• Sit on the edge of a chair, with your belly and chest open, feet planted on the floor.
• Take 3 breaths and feel your body there, sitting where you are. Relax your eyes and your tongue.
• Connect to an area of your body that is in good condition, that you feel works well (it might be your lungs, your heart, a strong muscle area). Feel that area of your body.
• Say thank you to that part of your body. It is there, working well, so it is easy to be grateful for that. OK; now we are in mini gratefulness, our launch pad.
• Next, imagine that you are out in orbit at the edge of space, like where the Space Station is, and look at yourself from that distance. If you are not a visual person no problem, just get the feeling of seeing yourself up there from space. Then, from there, you ask yourself:

“Is there any other thing that I have in my life that I can say thank you to?”

• Let it come to you and say thank you. It is the best thing you can do for yourself and others, right now!

Seduced by the Power of Love

In the height of the light from last week’s full moon, we found ourselves speaking to a crowd of five hundred enthusiastic people who had come from around the US and abroad to immerse themselves in a week-long workshop on Spirit and Consciousness. Organized by the Chopra Center, this biannual event has grown into a big, fantastic experience for nourishing the soul and waking up our deep connection with the abstract.

We were fortunate to be invited to present at this year’s event. It was an honor to be a part of such a wonderful and broad-based gathering, together with Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson and Martha Beck.

We taught participants a sequence of Being Energy® movements to wake up energy at the feet and trunk and bring it to the heart—a companion to a recapitulation experience. We framed the recapitulation as a means to become more aware of what we do and to recover energy trapped within the emotional experience of past events.

We shared some of the concepts of recapitulation as it relates to quantum physics principles and the current science of consciousness.

Deepak expressed how the recapitulation trains us to see that we are not the experience; we are the Consciousness that is having the experience.

To this, we added that the recapitulation is another way to bring us to the present and access stored energy, so that we can all live up to our full human potential. In the recapitulation, we go into the quantum realm and we time  travel with our minds to release and restore our energy and renew ourselves.

The recapitulation is about recapturing energy that we gave up in past interactions and bringing it to the present moment. In the recapitulation, we enter into the body and we reach into the realm of the non-local. We go back in time-space with our awareness and move our perceptual point about the past experience. Then, we bring that new perception back to the present moment and Here We Are… we’ve freed up our energy in this process. We’ve reformulated our perception of the meaning of a past event, and liberated the energy trapped in the feelings we carry from it.

To conclude our presentation, we all danced the energy movements to the tune of Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On.

We had a blast, and shared some key things about an ancient practice applied to our modern times: the recapitulation.

We can’t wait to do it again!

NOW-ing: Journeying into the Present Moment

Dear Worldwide Community,

What blew my mind?

Realizing that the present moment is not a physical place, or a time zone; it is not found or lost; it is not a “thing,” I cannot google it; it is not tangible, yet I can embody it.

Most spiritual practices talk about the importance of living in the present moment in the here and the now. I have not yet found a way of understanding what do we mean by “here” and by “now.” Until Now.

The theme of our two latest workshops in Moscow and Tuscany was transformation and it was based on the myth of “The Plumed Serpent.” We presented, with the help of our BE teachers, Valentina, Sergey, Oksana, and Barbara, key aspects of Being Energy® work, key movement sequences, like “Gathering Energy for Silence,” “Intending Presence” and “Flow” to revitalize the body and mind, to invigorate our spirits. And we did a journey into the plumed serpent through movements and story telling.

The effect of the movements and the mass of practitioners practicing them was sublime. All of us entered into non-local states of keen awareness and silence after our first workshop session.

On the second day we had other BE teachers sharing their personal stories of transformation, as a way to illustrate the journey of the plumed serpent that represents the journey of our consciousness. Their stories depicted where we may find ourselves at different stages of becoming, in different facets of our lives.

Now, what we didn’t plan, and what BLEW our minds, was that the stories themselves had such power that they brought us to a new experience and understanding of what it is to be in the PRESENT MOMENT. For the first time I got a glimpse of what is “NOW.”

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Pavel told us the story of losing all his savings on a bad investment last year and how he is trying to recuperate from it. What he found out is that he had a deep fear of rejection and wanted to please his associates in the business. He pushed his personal needs to the side for their sake, betraying some how, his own heart. That brought him to connect to an early memory of childhood where that habit/pattern began. It is with admiration for Pavel, for having the courage to put this on the table and start his healing process, that we share parts of his story with you!

Guido shared his experience of working with Doctors Without Borders, an international organization that aids victims of war. That was a dream of his for more than 15 years. He waited for the perfect moment in his life and left his family to work in Jordan on the border with Syria for 7 months. He shared the traumas and the suffering that people go through every day, and how that opened his heart. We all witnessed how Guido changed, his eyes shined brightly, his sweetness unfolded a new knowledge.

Roberta shared with us where she is in this moment of her life: searching for her “power spot,” a new direction, a new job, a new way of thinking and perceiving herself. She was so honest and so open, we all held space for her tears to roll and sweep over us.

Finally, Inge told us her story of how she raised her child by herself. After years of feeling shame, she now realizes what a heroic act she has done. She has turned the wheel of time: she has a completely new view and perception of her life and herself. She embodies strength, impeccability, courage, and, most importantly, immense love. She lives her quest for becoming.

All these stories carried a force beyond our comprehension. We were transported into our own stories of fear, power, shame and curiosity, entering into an unfolding process where past, present and future were happening in the NOW.

We experience NOW, as a NOW-ing, taking place in our minds, bodies and spirits.

A big aha was and is realizing that the PRESENT moment is not a noun, is a Verb. It is not pre-established, pre-existing. It exists as I exist WITH it.

I remember what my dance teacher told me long ago, “Your core is not a physical place in your body. Your core is something you need to find in movement, in the unfolding of your breath.”

The NOW unfolds within me, you, us, with our breath, with our movement, in the co-creation of what we call “reality.”

Thanks to all who joined us in person and in spirit in these two events; thank you to our brave teachers for daring to become in the NOW-ing.

Aerin

Wonder: Changing the World

Dear Being Energy Community,

What are you passionately curious about?  What fills you with wonder? 

As practitioners of Being Energy®,  many of us have a deep connection to all or at least one aspect of the practice:  the movements, the guided explorations, or the Recapitulation practices.  We lose ourselves in the silence and connect to our inner seer.

We become explorers and someties teachers on a path with heart.  We learn and gain real knowledge from our experiences.

Calling on our passion is a potent first step for teachers of any kind. Sometimes it takes time for us to rediscover or reignite a passion that went adrift in a life filled with routines for making a living or caring for family.  Sometimes the practice is dedicated to finding out why we do what we do most hours of the day, until we remember what makes us passionate about our work or the work we secretly want to do.

When we find our passion again, we find clarity, the eyes shine, and we awaken our inner seer.  We discover ourselves in a mood of childlike curiosity, the perfect place for a teacher to be!

As a Being Energy® Teacher or practitioner, how are you using the knowledge of the seers of ancient Mexico in your work, in your day-to-day?

The BE community is a conglomerate of unique individuals who have been teaching and practicing the movements with all sorts of people in their local communities.  We have posted their personal stories and you can read about them in our community and teacher blogs.  Because we are all unique beings, and in most of the stories shared, BE Teachers are finding a variety of ways to connect with others and engage in a process of learning together, and its often done through teaching.

Each one of us has a gift that is exclusively ours.  If we thought of our body-mind as a musical instrument, our music would sound unlike any other sound in the universe.  As teachers, we are compelled to share our unique perception with others, our song.  When we acquiesce to a strong feeling for teaching, we eventually turn a uniquely personal process into an art of awakening for others.

How does your song move from your heart to others?

The meaningful work each one of us does, we may even say, the work we are on this planet to do, is found through heart-based perception and exploration.  If you felt something while reading this blog, then you know what we’re getting at.  Whether we are teaching or modeling BE practices in our lives, with family or colleagues, we all know that we’re drawn to the path with heart for a reason.

Once we discover what’s in our hearts, the next step is to acquire the skills and tools we need to carry our exploration to another level.  The questions we ask ourselves penetrate deeper into our body-mind system, and at Being Energy we enter a new level of refining the energy movements.

Whether you decide to be a Being Energy® Teacher or not, we enter into a continuous, dynamic process of applying the practice, discovering ourselves, and sharing our knowledge with the community at large.

You probably remember your favorite teachers.  They were parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, school teachers, the ones who were asking questions much of the time, inspiring you with their passion, asking for your input and empowering you to get out there, follow your dream and do something.  Wouldn’t you love to emulate them?

The Being Energy BE Skilled! Classes are a great way for a practitioner or Being Energy® Teacher to enter into a dynamic cycle of practice.  The classes delve deeper into the movements and the Being Energy principles.  You are guided, step-by-step, through the movements and will learn how to modify them to suit your individual needs as well as the needs of others.  The classes are designed to renew and strengthen your connection with your inner seer.

However we choose to BE, we are revolutionaries on this path with heart.  Our practice becomes cyclical, revolving.  Our new perceptions and behaviors are revolutionary because they detach us from unquestioning social norms.  We either model the behaviors of a heart-centered practice, or we teach it to others.   Either way, we are in the process of changing the world.  Perhaps it’s little by little, but sometimes that’s how it works.

Thank you for changing the world with us.

Unfolding Wings: The Myth of the Plumed Serpent

Dear Being Energy Community,

When did you unfold wings?  How did you do it?

Lets start by looking at how we can apply the myth of the Plumed Serpent to our daily lives. First of all it calls for daring.  When we decide to do something new, we start a personal process of becoming, a process that moves us from something we know into unknown and unfamiliar territory.

The myth describes the story of a snake evolving into something inconceivable.  By growing wings the snake becomes airborne and changes into something new and undiscovered.  Earth and sky are united, and conceptually, it reveals a personal process that opens us to uniting the contrasts or contradictions within us.  In order for us to change, we need to give something up before the new thought or behavior becomes the new one.

The myth of Quetzalcoatl links the space between the old and the new, and embodies a process of becoming.  For the shamans of Mesoamerica the Plumed Serpent is a symbol of evolution.  It describes the evolution of the cosmos, or the evolutionary process each one of us embodies.

Apply this concept to your life:

When was the last time you dared to try something completely new?  When did you unfold wings?  How did it feel?

For example, when leaving the stability of an old job to start something completely different.  On the one hand it is exciting and fulfilling to move towards something more meaningful, yet on the other hand, it produces the kind of teeth-chattering fear of not being able to pay the rent or mortgage.  What will I lose, what will I have to give up?  What if I’m successful?

What else unfolds in that process?  If I am moving towards more meaningful work and looking for congruence with one of my beliefs or perspectives, like, “I need to contribute something to the world, I need to give back,” what new view will unfold?  I might find that I have reserves of energy I didn’t know existed for working on projects that satisfy my belief of helping others.  I might find that helping others sometimes satisfies me more than the people I want to “help.”  I might learn that I need to take more time to understand the needs of others before taking action to help them.

Certain aspects of myself unfold and in that process I embody contrasting perspectives. The transformative experience creates a wider perspective that moves me toward new behaviors.

The myth of the Plumed Serpent connects us deeply to the universe and all its contrasts, light and dark, life and death.

You may have heard the quote from astronomer Carl Sagan, spoken in an old television series called Cosmos.  In it Sagan said, “We are a way for the universe to know itself.  Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return. And we can, because the cosmos is also within us. We’re made of star stuff.”  When we connect with the cosmos, the evolutionary process inside of us, we can become something new.

We at Being Energy practice a sequence of movements and breathing techniques, the Quetzalcoatl movements to explore new beginnings, or to intend a shift in our lives. Through the practice of this sequence of movements, we shift our perception; we focus our minds and hearts in the unfolding momentum of the present moment.

We focus on the vibrations within us to activate the sinewy, undulating movement of the serpent moving up through our spine.  We spark our mind-body to remember and manifest an ancient memory of who we are, and who we want to become.

The Quetzalcoatl movements activate the vibratory force within to connect with something new outside of us.  We open ourselves to the moment of our wings unfolding, acknowledge our discoveries and actively choose new paths. When did you unfold your wings?  How did it happen?  What aspects of you need to unfold?

Share your comments, ask questions and keep exploring!

Daily Classes: Sustaining Flow

Dear Being Energy Community:

Some of us have a hard time building healthy habits and sustaining a daily practice.  Carlos Castaneda wrote in his book Tales of Power, “The only possible course that a warrior has is to act consistently and without reservations. At a certain moment he knows enough of the warrior’s way to act accordingly, but his old habits and routines may stand in his way.  If a warrior is to succeed in anything, the success must come gently, with a great deal of effort but with no stress or obsession.”

The type of no-stress effort can start by allowing yourself to receive help. Just click on the link and be immediately assisted by others wanting the same as you. By practicing Being Energy® movements, we can:

  • Improve your posture, flexibility, focus and physical and mental agility
  • Invigorate the mind-body to reveal your spirit
  • Awaken your natural joy of movement
  • Connect you with a vibrant global community

In the practice, we set an intent, and gather energy and silence; then we can create a plan to fit the practice into our day-to-day.  Some of the most powerful strategies begin with using positive imagery and focusing on useful components.  If we interrupt our habit, even in small ways, over time it will lose traction and cease to affect us.

Join the Being Energy community and shift to a new way of BEing, using movement and breath to shake up our physical habit, be transported into your inner world with guided explorations to access the inner seer and our own healing powers. Using energy movements and breaths imbued with ancient knowledge, we quickly remember and feel our connection to the deeper force within ourselves.

Being Energy Teachers from around the world will conduct live online classes, every weekday to guide you in a consistent mind-body practice. We introduce and invite you to join our new Daily Mind, Body + Spirit Classes either to get started and/or to maintain a regular, sustained practice.  Being Energy movements over time with Being Energy Teachers who will teach the same movements for a three-month period.  As one practitioner discovered, “I do like the new structure of the classes. It’s somehow more personalised and more exciting. It’s interesting to not focus on remembering a single set of movements over a week, but to do several and just go with it, and eventually they come together over the month.”

We are offering the new classes for free during the month of September and October! so you can invite your family, friends, colleagues, or fitness partners to practice with you. Read more for details on the class descriptions and schedule. Set a new intent and give yourself the gift of Connecting to your true Spirit: purpose, daring and joy!

Fluidity of Perception: Find Purpose, Daring and Joy

Dear Being Energy Community:

What do we mean by being in Flow?  Think of how you feel when you exhale deeply.  Try it.  In that moment of letting go, of release, we acquiesce to something outside of us and to something within us.

Carlos Castaneda described how the Mesoamerican shamans understood the universe as energy and that his apprenticeship was designed to guide him to see energy as it flows.  The ancient shamans saw that there is an energetic flow to all things and all processes in our world and in the universe at large.  As humans, we are expressions of that energy and are deeply connected to that flow.

Just as the universe is expanding and growing, we too expand our awareness and become open to new possibilities.  We are beings of energy that flow in and with the universe, in a deeply personal connection that exists within us and outside of us.

When does energy stop flowing for us?  How are we stopping the flow and inhibiting our perception?  How are we keeping ourselves from remembering our connection?

Anger and resentment are two forces that stop energy in its tracks.  Energy stops flowing and we retreat.  It closes the heart and we get depressed.  Over time, holding feelings of anger and resentment seep into our subconscious and may settle as physical illness or disease, or even affect us on a cellular level.  Stopping the flow of energy in this manner uses more energy and we age more rapidly, losing vitality.

If there is anything we should be afraid of, it is our own resentment and grudges.  This week we want to invite you to try an exercise of letting go, of tapping into your own healing processes.  Find a quiet spot and take 5 minutes to:

  1. Check in with yourself, e.g., where is your body tight or holding tension?
  2. Acknowledge the negative thoughts you have.
  3. Give yourself what you wanted from someone else, e.g., affection, attention, acceptance, recognition/appreciation.

These simple steps will release energy and guide us toward a state of flow, where we are vulnerable, with open heart and open mind. Allowing the energy to flow, we allow our breath to flow easier and we exhale more fully.

Thank you for practicing with us.  Let us know how you feel!

Join us for more in depth practices for being in FLOW in our new Path With Heart Series XIV, Flow – The Art of Moving the Assemblage Point.  You will learn new ways to apply the knowledge of the ancient shamans of Mesoamerica and boost your physical stamina and increase your energy levels.  Learn tools that will help your body-mind to thrive and enliven your full potential.

World Peace

Dear Being Energy Community,

It has been shocking to read some of the stories in the news again after spending five days in our retreat in Hawaii. We have been inhaling pristine pure air, eating organic foods, celebrating mother nature, and connecting deeply into our souls while in different parts of the world hundreds of innocent civilians were killed in an ongoing battle amongst ego-centered identification groups of fixed beliefs.

I couldn’t hold back my tears when reading about the sixteen civilians killed in Gaza while looking for refuge in the one place they presumed would remain safe, a United Nation’s school. The conflict between Israel and Palestine touches me deeply. The grief inflicted on both sides is so deep and long lasting, sometimes it seems it will never end.

I didn’t sleep for days after finding out about the three Israeli teens killed by a Hamas terrorist group. I thought about their families, the unbearable sorrow, and the unfairness of it all. In a second I was transported 30 years back to when I was living in Argentina under a dictatorship. I was also a teenager and had witnessed dead bodies in the streets. The Argentinian army took over the government and killed more than 30,000 innocent people labeled as “different” or “subversive.”  College students and teachers were tortured and killed. For more than a decade I lived under fear.

Other news stories were about the conflicts in Syria and Turkey, the Sunni militants in Iraq, the violence in Honduras, and the Ukraine disaster of the Malaysia plane with 290 passengers. I put down the paper. I wanted to run and scream, how can I reconcile all the suffering and the contradictory feelings within me?

I did what I have been doing for years. I brought a hand to my heart and breathed; I closed my eyes, and stayed with the agitation that the news stirred in me. I kept breathing and connecting with the feelings until it got quiet inside, and somehow I was able to hold it all. I didn’t deny it, and “get busy” doing something else. I woke up to it.

How can waking up help to build a more peaceful world?

In our retreat in Hawaii we reflected on how we identified ourselves with our roles, with our economic and socio-political position in society.  Instead of saying “I practice medicine,” we say, “I am a doctor.”  Instead of saying, “I get to enjoy taking care of you,” we say, “I am YOUR mother.”  We fall asleep in the safety of what a particular status may bring. We stop thinking clearly: we act on autopilot, believing that we are what we think, without questioning it.

On a larger scale, this ego-centered self-identification creates a psyche that contributes to building cults, extreme political parties, unbalanced religious factions and terrorism. When we succumb to self-identification and labels, we become sleepwalkers.  When we stop questioning, we end up hating anyone that is different from us, anything that contradicts our unquestioned belief system. Cult leaders and dictators feel superior and tend to separate themselves and their groups from the rest. They behave in ways that create fear designed to dominate people, limiting individual freedoms of self-expression. These leaders like to intimidate and dominate through fear.

A path with heart, a place within ourselves where we can take a moment to really look at our actions, our self identifications, our fixed ideas and sit with them, is a path to a different state of consciousness.

Every second, every minute we can dedicate to sitting or moving in silence, meditating on our actions, questioning our belief system, is a step towards peace. We find, as we did in Hawaii, that we are much larger than our thoughts, than our self identified roles. We find that there is a web of energy or love that connects us all. And that is not just a catchphrase, it is scientifically proven.

We invite you to join us and practice:

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  • 3 minutes of silence every day
  • Recapitulate your day
  • Look at each person you meet in the eyes. When someone is talking, put your cell phone down, and really connect with that person, even if it is for a few seconds.

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We don’t know how much time we have left. The only time we have is NOW. Use all of your energies to awaken and start building a more peaceful and interesting world.

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Aerin & Miles

Kalani: A Recapitulation

Aloha Dear Community,

We have just wrapped up an unforgettable experience at Hawaii. The retreat—the first 5-day event at Being Energy—was an ideal setting for the focus theme of the workshop: the recapitulation technique. Over the course of the five days, everything we did, the Being Energy® movements, the recapitulation sessions, was highlighted by the forces of nature. The lush vegetation, the black lava, the tropical heat and the rain, all gave their distinct bodily experience and were an integral part of the experience at Kalani.

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Because of the distance to get to Hawaii—its position in the middle of the ocean is part of its special nature, everyone who came had a great disposition and strong intention. We were lucky to have such a wonderful group. Participants came from the mainland US, Alaska, Argentina, Switzerland, England, Mexico, Lithuania and Russia, a crisscross of backgrounds that allowed us as a group to access a wide variety of views.

Besides the workshop sessions, the group got to start each morning bathing in a local hot springs by the ocean. See our photo with everyone doing feet Being Energy movements at the hot ponds!

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During the workshop, we began with the question: Who am I? Peeling layers of how we see ourselves: our deep beliefs. The journey throughout was for each one to discover new layers, to add or expand those definitions or break free from some of them. Details over the recapitulation included guidelines on different types of recapitulation: Observing where does my attention go, Recapitulating how did I wake up, Recapitulating our behavior at work, Recapitulating relationships and Recapitulating a specific event. 

The ancient seer’s code gave everyone the chance to experience stopping the flow of their thoughts and leave the ind more readily pliable to see differently and change. These are indeed powerful movements, and they very much resonated with the powerful feel of the Big Island.

On the fourth day, we took those old ideas about ourselves up to the volcano. We took them to Pele, who lives in the lava, to help our individual intentions. For most of the way up, it looked like a storm weather was going to prevent us from making it, but at the end, we descended through a fern forest into the crater floor. It was foggy and mysterious as we hiked across the lava. This is pure earth energy as it gets. In geological time, the lava has barely cooled down for humans to walk on it, but one can still feel the force of the earth coming from deep below the surface under ones feet. This is what Carlos Castaneda called getting a boost from the earth. We each took in this boost to help us turn our wheels—our starting point of Who am I?

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It was great to see Being Energy teachers begin to guide some sections of the movements –thank you Keiron. We want to see more and more of this happening at our workshops. We are thankful for the opportunity to have lived this retreat and we want to extend and share this feeling with you, all of the Being Energy community.

Here is a guideline for an easy to follow exercise for you to have a feel of the recapitulation:

Recapitulating how I woke up: Every day we are born again!

  • Practice any Being Energy® sequence of movements
  • Close your eyes
  • Bring your attention to your body, to the sensations in your physical body
  • Travel in Time: go back to feel how you woke up this morning
  • Stay present with the physical sensations and feelings that arose
  • Breathe in and out several times
  • Open your eyes and keep breathing
  • Close your practice bringing your hands to your heart. Try not to make any conclusions about it. Just enjoy the feeling of pausing to remembering the way you woke up

Aerin Alexander, Miles Reid and everyone at Being Energy

 

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How Did You Wake Up?

Dear Being Energy Community,

We are including three video links to help you get started with your recapitulation practice, that is, to start your day with a dreaming attention, to set your intent for a mindful day.

As we move closer to the dream of In Pono, our topic for Hawaii, we feel the pull to just get to it, to start a more sustained practice of recapitulation.  We’re going to let the videos speak for themselves and share with you why the Seers of ancient Mexico developed this practice into the art of clearing and enhancing our energy.

Another foundational underpinning of the Being Energy® practice is that we can shift our perception through movement. Before starting your recapitulation, try the Being Energy movements in the next video, or simply practice them throughout the day.

Next, listen and follow along with the recapitulation exploration.  Start with Recapitulating How You Woke Up, each day and see what happens.

Some of the benefits of recapitulating every day, even if it’s for 1 minute at a time, builds a capacity for:

  • observing rather than making judgements about events or people
  • connecting to feelings, which leads to a fuller, more expansive view of a situation or event
  • healing ourselves, allowing us to give comfort or provide aid and relief to the self in the past event being recapitulated
  • self empowerment

Please share your thoughts and experiences.