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I hope you are well and safe! If not newly restored then finding your feet, settling into this New Year as you take in the external landscape around you as well as the internal landscape within yourself.
Do you have a sense of ground beneath you? Does it feel steady and smooth or shaky and bumpy? Do you visualize stepping stones beneath your feet, thick deep snow or perhaps shifting sand? Whatever life terrain you find yourself on, may your next steps be surefooted.
Over the last few years, it has become a practice for me not to rush into January with all guns blazing. In the past, one little hiccup regarding New Year resolutions and I’d stumble, lose traction, feel guilty and give up.
These days, I prefer to focus on…
As I write this there is a thin blanket of snow dusting the branches of the trees and bushes outside my window. The sky is greyish white and the snow has almost stopped. There’s a special kind of stillness in the air, encouraging me to pause and step away from the bustling activity that surrounds this time of year.
While nature does what it knows best, quietly retreating, conserving and replenishing energy through the colder months, our tendency is to do the opposite as we strive to prepare for festive celebrations and wrap up the end of the year. Often our intention may not quite fit our actual experience and our need for space and time to care for ourselves is hard to find.
I’d like to share a simple, highly effective practice and helpful resource that came my way recently…
We are now in a time of seasonal transition, where we have the opportunity to practice slowing, feeling into and activating a new cycle of growth.
I don’t think I can remember a time when I’ve looked forward to autumn as much as this year. Many years ago, I’d resist the colder days, longer nights and inconvenience of the changing seasons. I was very much driven by external goals, expectations and responsibilities. It was important for me to be in control…
This summer seems so… unreal. There has been beauty and silence, movement and rest, unexpected adventures and reflection, meaningful and touching conversations for sure. But it has been hard, too. And tragically real.
With so many people in so much pain and suffering in the world right now, it’s hard not to feel the sadness, uselessness, maybe anger and distress. It affects us on a physical, mental and energetic level, taking up space in our minds and bodies.
If you’re unable to take a holiday right now or your family break is more about taking care of others, you may like to try this.
This is a simple tool I offer private clients when they’re experiencing stress or overwhelm.
It can be like an instant reset.
I’ve been reflecting on how much I enjoy learning from unexpected sources.
I first discovered Benjamin Zander, a conductor, master teacher, world-class speaker and author in 2014. Interestingly, a few months after I’d finished my initial yoga teacher training, eager to explore new beginnings and possibilities.
I was captivated by his TED talk The Transformative Power of Classical Music and have watched it several times over the years, each time finding greater depth and appreciation for the message I love to be reminded of.
Today I found another layer. Maybe due to Covid. As the world begins to open up, it has taken me a while to shake off a more restrictive, habitual way of being. I’ve got used to a certain pace and routine that felt predictable and safe.
Benjamin shook that up.