Sometimes life can throw you curve balls. Its true we all hope that life will treat us well and that we can sail through with no issues. Social media tends to show us how wonderful life can be and we see many people having a good time and enjoying the moment, but underneath this there may well be a very different story.
Unfortunately its not all sunshine and roses. we all have to go through tough times and challenges but these always happen for a reason and help us to grow. I have been dealing with difficult times recently and this has left me with a sense of depleted energy and low mood. However, nothing lasts forever. Sometimes we need to recognise that we need space to breathe and time to explore how we can restore a sense of balance.
There are some useful questions you can ask yourself to help with this
1: Are you happy with your life?
2: Are you doing things that make you happy and taking time to take care of you?
3: Is there anything you can let go of that no longer serves you?
4: Is there anything you would really like to be doing or feel called to do?
5: Are you judging yourself? If so stop!!!
Sit down for 5-10minutes in meditation and focus on these questions. Notice what thoughts and feelings come up and following your meditation write down your answers. Don’t worry if the answers do not come straight away. everything takes time and the answers will appear when you are ready!
Take care of yourself and take time to restore your balance. and remember as I said earlier nothing lasts forever.
Today was the most perfect start to 2019 beginning with a magical walk with other like minded souls to the top of the world to watch the first sunrise of the year. I have to say the whole experience left me speechless and I felt a sense of anything being possible in that moment standing on top of the hill with my family and friends.
So I am beginning this year with kindness and compassion not just to others but also to myself this is known in Sanskit as Ahimsa and is one of the first Yama’s (Part of Patanjali’s yoga sutras). I will be working through the Yama’s and Niyama’s over the coming months for those who would like to know more.
Also I have set myself 3 positive words to help me create my vision over the following year these are
What words will you take with you into 2019?
Remember if you need any support or guidance I am always here and I am wishing you all a very magical 2019 full of new adventures.
Have you ever felt things were not going quite as you planned? I have not spent time writing for a while and this evening I felt called to write this post. Life is so busy we often don’t find time to be completely ourselves, to be imaginative, creative and expressive. A close friend and yogi mentioned a Sanskrit word that had been on mind recently and I had not even realised why, as its meaning completely escaped me. That word was Satya and this translates to ‘true nature’ or ‘true self’.
How often have you taken time to consider your true nature? What are you seeking from this existence? I don’t think I was aware who I really was for a long time and I still slip back into oblivion on occasion. It was yoga that opened up the impossible for me. When I was child I remember that I had a completely magical imagination (or was it?) the innocence would always shine from my tiny self but as we grow things change and we change in line with learned behaviours and what society expects of us. It is sad that we can not keep that innocence allowing us to open to magic of the world around us and at this time we also lose the sense of our true selves. So how do we return to our true nature? How do we become aware of what that is? well, my belief is that we must spend time with ourselves first and foremost. Mindfulness and meditation is a good way to begin to explore this taking time to listen to the breath and asking yourself ‘who am I?’ or ‘what do I want to bring into my life?’. Yoga and movement of the body can and will support this by releasing tension, old patterns and emotions. enabling energy to flow freely around the body and raising the vibrations. You have the power to be whatever you want to be, don’t ever forget that. Allow your true self to shine through and your soul will truly sparkle!!