How to value your free time. My friends joke with me about my pathetic lack of knowledge of celebrities and popular media. I don’t watch a lot of TV and I don’t keep up with the Kardashians. Every free second I have, I try to either stay present (yoga, meditation, baths, crafts, walks) or I give myself another tool. I read a lot of self-help books, I watch a lot of documentaries (and home remodeling shows), and I listen to podcasts one way on my commute everyday. I’m not telling you that fiction is wrong and that you should never go see a comedy. I’m just asking that you value your free time a little more and if you’re looking for more tools to tackle a difficult time, go seek them. I promise you they are out there. If you want recommendations, I have plenty 🙂 Thanks Paige for this book recommendation, excited to start it.
Grounding. Physically place all 4 limbs on the ground, or metaphorically. Ground down. Feel the earth beneath you, the support that it provides. You are secure, you are ok. During this exciting time of spring emerging, chaos and uncertainty may arise. Greet them with open arms and then find that security to tame them. I’ve been having students put a block under their head in any pose that has their crown hanging heavy. I want them to feel that physical reminder of support. Peace and love to everyone on this beautiful chaotic Monday. 💜
You are strong. You are powerful. You are loved. Make self-love and exploration a priority and the scary and unexpected things become fewer and far between. This happens because we learn to trust ourselves in what we are capable of and trust that the interconnected universe will handle the things we cannot control. Take the time and energy that you put into worrying about the unknown and instead use it to better yourself. The universe and others are here for us, even when it seems like they crumbling around you. This crumbling can be a sign of change, a directional shift, a change in your perspective. Only through the cracks and imperfections can the light shine in. This new light will guide you if you let it. I know it can be scary, but you are capable and deserving of the best life this world has to offer. Deep breathe in, long breathe out. You got this!
Anxiety. This weekend I had the incredible pleasure of taking a workshop around anxiety….What it is, why it occurs, and how it ultimately affects our physical bodies and health. There was an incredible aura in the room where people were vulnerable and raw about why they came and I can’t thank the women in the room enough for sharing their stories. It’s not something I particularly identify with, but many of my loved ones do and I want to be able to support them better. On the one hand, I do believe that everyone experiences anxiety in their life, and it’s important for people to understand why it’s happening, be compassionate and patient with yourself (because it is natural, you are human), and to learn some things that may help you cope with it. Then, there are others who suffer from chronic anxiety where you never quite come back to baseline. I want to learn so much more from anyone who experiences this as I think yoga is an incredibly powerful tool to help soothe you when you’re experiencing intense days. I attended this workshop to support those experiencing anxiety, big or small, and learn how to help my students find some release and comfort in my classes. I can’t thank Ruthie enough for holding the space for everyone to learn and unite, and for giving us incredible resources to help ourselves and those around us. She is a life coach and a fabulous human-being if you’re ever looking for someone to help you. Most importantly, I want to remind everyone that I love you, I really truly do, and you are never alone 💜
It’s ok to feel down sometimes. We try to find the positives in every situation, but every once in awhile our energy runs low and it’s hard to fight the downs. On those days, have the courage to fully embrace these emotions, know that they are temporary, and use them to identify areas of improvement. Do NOT start to compare your situations to others. Some have it better and some have it worse. That should never impact your situation because only you are going through this moment and only you know what it’s like.