Happy Sunday! We are officially in the full swing of the holiday season! Generally speaking, when we think of the holidays, we think of happiness, family, fun, and cheer. Expectations can feel high this time of year, and we can be pulled in many different directions.
Do you ever have synchronistic pile ons that really stop you in your tracks, and force you to listen and (hopefully) learn? I did recently, and to be honest, it’s one of my favorite experiences. When something or someone, repeatedly comes into my consciousness, I get giddy with joy because I know that I’m truly meant to learn something from it.
There’s something really beautiful about being able to connect, share, and forge relationships with almost anyone in the world, through the wonder that is technology! I really, really love that I am able to write every week in this space, and you can read it from wherever you are, and you can feel the energy in my words and hopefully find some sort of relief from the topics discussed.
Throughout my life, I have listened to many people I admire talk about how important their community is to them in their rise to success. I have witnessed people rely on their community to power them through difficult times, I’ve watched community lift people up, and I’ve see what communities can do to create change. I know the power of community, but, and this may come as a surprise to you, throughout my life, I feel like I’ve struggled to know what community means to me.
If you follow me on social media, you might have noticed that for the past 30 days, my mom and I committed to changing up our healthy lifestyle in a major way. For the past few months, we both had moaned and groaned about feeling something was out of sorts with our health and wellness. For me, life had felt hectic, and the added stresses of moving apartments and major life changes led to a slippery slope of poor self-care.
This week I had a moment that brought me to an unexpected halt. I had been working myself hard to achieve some of my goals, and I felt some pressure with some deadlines to maintain a high level of productivity. Inside of me, I felt strong feelings to push through my own resistance to keep up with these things that were expected of me, and I felt incredibly frustrated, unclear, and drained. I got caught up in a belief that I must always be going, doing, being, and creating, and that I must always be on my A-game.
We are experiencing some painful times these past few months. Whether you are hurting from the events of the world, or having personal difficulties, it is hard sometimes to see the light when the darkness can feel so dense. This week I am not going into the details of how even the darkest times have meaning; that’s for our discussion another day. Today I want to share six of my go-to simple reminders to help you ease what you may be going through and promote a sense of peace and well-being. Life, though filled with lessons, is meant to be enjoyable and fun!
A few months ago I was asked to do something that I really didn’t want to do. My intuition said no, my heart pulled back, and deep down I knew it wasn’t the right fit for me. I have a history of being a people pleaser and a pushover, and so, despite all my internal warnings, I said yes.
One of the best tools I’ve gained since being on a spiritual path is simple awareness. Like I’ve said in the past, I don’t try to be perfect, but I try to be mindful and aware of my life, my habits, and make conscious choices on how I can lead the healthiest, happiest possible life. I’ve learned to notice signs and symptoms from my body when I’m not taking the best care of myself.