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I spent time on our weekend yoga retreat in Tessin inviting the group to reflect on the wisdom that autumn provides, the cycle of seasons and how we intuitively respond to the season’s changes by spending more time at home, with friends or family, or perhaps immersed in study.
I asked them to reflect on what’s essential. What they’d like to gather and take with them as we transition towards the colder months and what they would choose to leave behind.
It’s tempting to look back to the beginning of the year and think we’ve accomplished little that we set out to do.
Or we struggle with unrealistic expectations that we have not reached our targets or goals and somehow forget that the pandemic was thrown in the mix.
But that does not mean that we have not succeeded.
Where have you been placing your attention these days?
Have you been experiencing a sense of unease or feeling the weight of anxiety and stress?
There is so much going on in our worlds right now. For many, it’s as if we’re just wanting for all this to be over and then we can all get back to our real life…
You may notice how this longing, and disconnect shows up around you, in others who uncharacteristically express impatience, distraction or retaliation.
How might it be showing up in you?
‘Just stop not writing’
This was a piece of advice I was offered last night as I struggled to come to terms with the fact that I was stuck and was giving myself a really hard time about it.
Our human nature likes to make things more complicated than they need to be. After a summer haitus and a few emails to clients, I was keen to connect online once again, yet struggled with what I ‘should’ be sharing first. What would be most helpful?
My mind was buzzing and looping around with ideas, giving the impression that this was ‘supposed to be’ hard work. It took the simplicity of hearing ‘Just stop not writing’ to pause, breathe and begin again.
The movement for racial justice has grown beyond the black community. It affects us all. This conversation is so important. Yoga, breathwork and meditation can help us to stay focused, to be with the discomfort, to bring a deeper awareness to our own feelings, biases, shame and worthiness.
You may be feeling a roller-coaster of emotions and energy states as we continue to live and adapt to COVID-19. It may seem as if you have no control over how you feel from one day to the next.
I encourage you to keep your self-care practices close and to acknowledge that there’s an ebb and flow to these emotions, nothing is static. Give them space and then let them go.
Remember this is a practice and there will be days when it’s easier than others. It can be helpful and reassuring to understand our emotional response and what to expect as we go through this pandemic, not only as an individual but as a community and society too.