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If we can shift our focus away from what we feel we ‘should’ do and what looks good on paper (or a calendar) and begin by offering and showing ourselves a new level of kindness, a level of grace that allows us to ask ourselves…
It has been almost 9 months since I launched my project to have 100 Conversations about Self-Care.
It is my commitment to have 100 conversations with people who strive to bring greater depth and deeper purpose to their life, work and relationships. I’m interested in learning how you define self-care.
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.