Patience is an edge for me. When I feel the urge to shake things up and create, my go-to mode has always been FULL FORCE and FAST.
This mental toughness mode has served me well through the years, but I’m also aware that this mentality requires pushing and muscling through challenges.
Why is it so hard to make yourself the recipient of your own love? I believe there is nothing more important than self-love, because without it, it’s impossible to truly love others unconditionally. When I’m not taking care of myself, I get overworked and run down. Depleted and tired, I begin to resent any requests for my energy and attention. It’s tough to give when we’re empty. But, when I make time for my own physical, mental, and spiritual health and wellness there’s so much more SPACE for other people’s needs. Imagine a jar full of marbles. You are the jar, and all the demands on your life are the marbles. Marbles can be big or small, professional or personal, important or trivial, but they fill you up. Here are some tips to create more space in your jar for the things that matter most in your life.
Here’s a 3-Step Process that can help you let go of the past year, and what you did or didn’t achieve or make happen, and honor the highlights and successes to decide with clear intentions what you want to bring forward into the coming year.
I hope you’re feeling relaxed and restored after some time off over the long Thanksgiving weekend. Whether you spent it locally or traveling, with family or friends, in nature or shopping, I hope you did something that filled your heart and soul.
While the holiday season is supposed to be “merry and bright,” for many of us it’s actually pretty stressful because there’s even more to do both at work and at home.
And with fewer daylight hours to do it all, overwhelm and anxiety levels rise.
This can quickly lead to insomnia, migraines, weight gain, digestive issues, irregular periods, or a flare up of whatever your chronic health issue might be. (Not to mention a lot of self criticism about how we should be doing it all, better.)
Today felt like one of those days I would’ve rather stayed in bed. It was still SO DARK at 6 AM when my alarm went off. My body felt tired, like all I wanted to do was hibernate. I share this little story of listening to my inner wisdom, pre-commitment to my goals, visualizing the end point, and “Just Doing It” in the hopes that it might inspire you, during these darker days when it’s harder to self-motivate, to get out there and breathe the fresh air, see the sun rising and shining, and break a sweat. You won’t be sorry you did.
Interested in slowing down intentionally together, and tapping into the quiet wisdom of your own heart? We’ll incorporate self-compassion and awakening joy practices to help ease this transition into the darker days of Winter.
Please join me for a 4-session meditation and discussion group. We’ll start with a few minutes of Qi-gong, a moving meditation, and then sit for 30 minutes together, followed by a discussion and integration. You’ll leave with home practices to continue between sessions.