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Less is More

By: Jennie Shering

While watching the video "Confusing Restorative Practices with Coping Strategies" as part of the Self-Reg Learning Facilitator's Program a light bulb turned on for me.


A warm feeling went over my body, and I was truly enlightened. I must be honest and say I have never actually practiced Step 5 for simply what it is. Restoring to restore. I always tried to feel something, like what it feels like to feel calm, or what it should look and feel like. I never truly let my mind go.


This week I have been trying hard to set time aside to just BE! To just feel without thinking and trying. To be effortless in my restoration practice. I have stopped putting in effort to relax so to be speak. Looking back, lighting candles, putting in Epsom salts and turning on music was depleting my energy while preparing for a bath. I was spending energy and being in that high tension/low energy state. Reading, I have also learned while dealing with my current troubles, is also not restorative for me. It was draining what little energy I had in the tank. Bird watching has been my solace. Sitting quietly and observing the sights, sounds, and movements has truly allowed my mind to rest and my body to restore.


To experience the sensations while repairing, refueling, and becoming more self-aware. Less has absolutely become more!




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Lisa Cranston
Lisa Cranston
May 13, 2022

Thanks - you've articulated something I've been thinking about recently too but didn't have the words to express.

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Hi Jennie,

I appreciate your thoughts on restoration. I just participated in the Co-Reg Community book club - Restorative Embodiment and Resilience: A Guide to Disrupt Habits, Create Inner Peace, Deepen Relationships, and Feel Greater Presence Paperback, by Alan Fogel. It was facilitated by Susan Hopkins and the foreward in the book was written by Stuart Shanker. To connect this to your post, Alan has a wonderful way of describing true restoration. It finds us, it lands on us rather than us going looking for it ( one of my take aways from the book). It is not so much something we plan for or think about doing as what we embody. Your ideas of restoration like the bird son…

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Therese MacDonald
Therese MacDonald
Apr 14, 2022

I too am discovering the gift of just letting go, listening to bird song and soaking in what my eyes are seeing. It’s been surprising to see how it doesn‘t take long for my energy tank to begin to refill when I restore this way.

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Aviva Dunsiger
Aviva Dunsiger
Apr 14, 2022
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This is so great to hear! This is definitely something I need to try and do more often.


Aviva

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Aviva Dunsiger
Aviva Dunsiger
Apr 13, 2022

Thanks for sharing this! You’re making me think that I need to restore for the sake of restoring more often. I wonder what this looks like to others. I know that reading will be a big component of it for me.


Aviva

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