When I tell people that I’m an Embodiment Coach, for the most part they have no idea what that is.
So I want to begin by making sure you feel clear about what exactly I mean by embodiment.
As humans, we are multifaceted and have five key aspects. In yoga these are referred to as bodies and have slightly different names. The names that I use are physical, mental, emotional, energetic, and spiritual.
In order to be fully embodied, we are seeking a state where all five aspects are working together in complete balance.
We begin this process by attending to the aspects that are out of balance, either by being under or overactive, and in doing so are able to bring ourselves into a state where it is easier to clearly feel what we want and pursue what we desire even as obstacles arise.
For this reason, when I start working with a client, we always begin with my signature 5 Aspects of Self Questionnaire, so that we can get clear from the outset what kind of daily practices will serve them best.
So what exactly is a daily practice?
In a nutshell, it is an activity that you do that is designed to shift your internal state and as a result, the way you show up in your daily life.
Over time, by doing these practices, and shifting your internal experience, you start to shift your external experience too!!
What is the difference between daily practices and habits?
A habit is something that you do on a regular basis that is tethered or attached to something else you do, so that after a while you no longer have to think about doing it. It happens automatically, kind of like brushing your teeth.
When we consciously wire our brain to repeat certain tasks, it is helpful because we don’t have to work so hard to find motivation to do these tasks which releases powerful brain power and energy for other tasks and projects.
When it comes to daily practices, we are actually leaning into the question of how can we become more conscious, so while we may use some of the scientific knowledge we know about how to create habits to implement and make sure we actually do our daily practices, this is about far more than checking something else off our to-do list.
Daily Practices will be different every day because we are different every day. Since Daily Practices are designed to help us build internal awareness, you will need to do more then check them off for them to be effective.
How you do this depends on the practice you are doing, the goal of the practice, and your own habits and tendencies.
I will go a little bit more into this in next week’s post on common mistakes people make when implementing their daily practices.
4 Different Types of Daily Practices
So now that you know what a daily practice is, here are 4 different types of practices to consider adding to your routine.
These type of practices are defined by when you do them and require different levels of consciousness to implement.
Note that in this particular post, I won’t be suggesting many particular practices as the most effective practices will be individual to you.
And I also, have a new freebie coming out in 3 weeks which will share 3 of my favorite practices, most of which can be done as any of these types.
Morning practices are practices that you do first thing in the morning. The benefits to starting your day with a practice are myriad.
First of all, our resistance is usually at our lowest, especially if you’ve gotten a good night’s rest.
Because you are attaching your practice to waking up, or something else you do first, like drinking a cup of coffee, these type of practices can be a lot easier to implement.
And finally, morning practices really help set the tone for your day. If you shift how you feel and how you are showing up at the very start of your day, it becomes increasingly likely that everything else about your day will also be different.
Task / Hat Switching Practices
As a multihyphenate and entrepreneur, I do many different types of activities throughout the day.
I might spend a few hours writing emails for my business, then get a call from a client, then I’m prepping an audition or doing admin work for my acting career, and then maybe I’m working on revising the draft of each film. Then, maybe I go out for a drink with a friend.
All of these activities and hats require a different energy but it is all too easy to quickly jump from one thing to another, not actually shifting our energy but compounding the energy of one project on top of another.
This compounding can create a feeling of chaos, tension or stress internally.
If we take the time to create daily practices for switching from one hat to another, we will not only experience more ease, but we are also more likely to be effective and fully present for each thing that we do.
These can be relatively easy to implement once we get conscious of when we are switching tasks.
Stop Drop and Roll Practices
You probably were told as a kid that if you were ever on fire (literally) that you should stop, drop, and roll to put out the fire.
But how many of us go through our days feeling differently from how we want to feel and never actually take the time to shift into how we do want to feel?
Because it is the moments of our lives that create the bulk of our experience, these are often the practices that are the most impactful.
And they are also the most difficult to implement, because we usually move into these non-ideal feeling states because we are avoiding feeling something or are feeling in a hurry or stressed and want to “just get something done.”
To implement these practices, we have to get more present and more aware of our day-to-day experience, which is definitely a practice unto itself.
As the name suggests, evening practices are things you do in the evening, usually right before bed.
The benefits are myriad.
For example, a good evening practice can help you wind down, fall asleep faster, and get a better night’s sleep.
It is also a great time to do visualization and manifestation practices because during sleep, our conscious brain is effectively turned off.
By priming the pump before bed, we are more likely to have (actual) dreams that reflect what we want to create rather than our anxieties and worries.
And the more our brain, both conscious and unconscious, focuses on our desires, the easier and more quickly we will bring those into reality.
In terms of difficulty to implement, I’d say this one really depends on the individual.
Some of the factor in how hard this is to implement include:
- How busy (and potentially stressed) you are
- Whether you already have daily practices or an evening practice already
- Whether you have a hard time falling asleep
For most clients, I usually recommend adding an evening practice last. Especially if your sleeping schedule is irregular.
However, if you have a hard time sleeping this is likely to be the practice that will most help you sleep and as a result have the biggest impact on your life.
Now that I’ve shared a little bit more about the benefits of daily practices as well as the types of practices you can implement, what are you taking away?
Is there a type of practice that you feel would benefit you the most right now?
I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.
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