Almost Wordless

 

I want to share some pictures today of my favorite experiential practices for dipping into wordlessness.* These are centering stations  I designed for participants at a recent leadership workshop.

Tray with anointing oil + mini vials of essential oils peppermint (clarifying for the mind), wild orange (to calm anxiety in the heart) + frankincense (grounding for the body.)
Tray with anointing oil + mini vials of essential oils peppermint (clarifying for the mind), wild orange (to calm anxiety in the heart) + frankincense (grounding for the body.)
Candle tray
The practice: Breath in light. Breathe out distraction.
The practice: laying down any stones which burden your heart.
The practice: Resourcing Your Heart. Identifying + laying down any stones which burden you.

Wordlessness shifts consciousness out of the verbal part of the brain + into the more creative, intuitive, and sensory brain regions. And practices which get us out of our head + into our body support us in this process.

Why bother engaging practices which help you drop into this other region of the brain? It turns out that the verbal region processes about forty bits of information per second. The nonverbal processes about eleven million bits per second.

If you know how to drop into wordlessness, you have an enormous resource at the ready. It helps to calm down all the energy-expensive approaches we have for chasing our lives and gives a serious dose of clarity + inner space.

Immersion in nature, aromatherapy/essential oils, gardening, deep play with children, a meditation practice, cooking, playing music, running or exercise, these are all good options for relaxing the verbal grip.

How might you dip into wordlessness today?

I’d love to hear what you try! Leave a comment below. xo

Courtney

PS I am designing new DIY + B1G1 (buy one + give one) coaching options for you this Spring. You can expect all details on these new options in early March. I can’t wait to share it all with you!

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* Wordlessness is a phrase I learned from Martha Beck– see her book Finding Your Way in a Wild New World for more.

UpLevel FilmingCourtney Pinkerton, M.Div & M.PP, is a holistic life and leadership coach and the founder of Bird in Hand Coaching. She holds dual masters degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Kennedy School, is the host of the Summer of Meditation Challenge and publishes a weekly e-newsletter on real-world mindfulness practices. Courtney teaches regularly on the Enneagram, meditation, and conscious approaches to leadership and parenting. She lives in Oak Cliff, Texas with her husband Richard Amory where they try to keep up with their three young children and remember to water their garden boxes. Courtney can be reached at cp@courtneypinkerton.com or you can schedule a complementary clarity session to talk more.