No Tension Best Way to Receive


Just spent a delicious weekend doing very little at all.  Rochelle and I both work a lot – on Yoga of the Mind because we love it and on other business as well.  Most weekends are full of the overflow from the week as well as personal tasks such as housekeeping.

My college classmate, Marci Shimoff, (author of Happy for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul) shares that the best way to create is to have; 1) Intention (a clear goal) and to give it 2) Attention (see, feel and know yourself having it) and then to shift into a state of 3) No Tension – to allow it to grow and manifest. For example, intention is like selecting the seed. Attention is preparing the ground, planting the seed, and watering. No Tension is forgetting about it and letting nature do its miracles.  No Tension is the opposite of hovering over the seed and digging it up every 5 minutes to see if it is growing yet.

Marci gives an example from her own life. She had finished graduate school and was working a great deal on many different projects. Knowing about the importance of balance in life, she decided to go on a week long meditation retreat. She was friends with Jack Canfield co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul. Toward the end of the retreat – she got an inspiration – that there should be a similar series for women. She called Jack – he agreed and that series sold 14 million copies. No wonder we voted her most likely to succeed.

So, consider how you might incorporate periods of No Tension into your life. Meditation, healing, massage, walks, hot baths, naps, time spent in nature, these are just the start of No Tension. Feel free to share other ways you access this receptive state by emailing me