I know this year was hard, but in keeping with the theme of my last blog, I invite you to give yourself this season to reflect.
Yes, this year had many losses. You may have lost a loved one. Or, your business. Or, job. These are very real losses. Like knock-you-to-your-knees-in-tears type of losses.
As I invite you to reflect, I acknowledge these losses. I honor and respect the gravity that this year has brought into your life. I see you and I hear you, my friend.
I also know that the most painful life situations give you the opportunity to dive deeper into your Self. These situations can be powerful catalysts for reconnecting to your Spirit. Opportunities to re-define what's most important to you in your life moving forward. An opportunity to figure out what you want this next season to look like.
A Simple Process For Finding The Good
This process starts with awareness and reflection. I offer you 3 questions to reflect on this week. You may want to sit with these thoughts, or even jot your responses down in a journal. Either way, I hope these questions help you find some of the blessings and silver linings in this past year.
As always, I'd love to hear your insights as you reflect on these questions. Leave a comment below or send me a message to let me know!
This is always such a time of reflection for me. This time of year. Maybe because my birthday is right around the corner. Or, the days are getting shorter and its getting dark out earlier. It's getting colder outside.
It's as though Nature is inviting you to turn inward. To reflect upon your past year and the upcoming one.
It's also an interesting time because this holiday season is going to be different than anything you've experienced before. The pandemic has brought all sorts of new challenges to the season.
But, you have the opportunity to see these as challenges OR opportunities. And so, I invite you to accept Nature's invitation to reflect inward.
This is the 1 thing to do...
Cultivate a mindset of reflection and opportunity through the challenges. This is what builds resilience and radiance. Happiness is an inside job and it starts with awareness.
Watch this 3-minute video for guidance and prompts to help you get started on your process of reflection!
For more on how to have a radiant, stress-less holiday season, download your free audio series HERE
Grief and loss don't even begin to explain the year of 2020. As I was recently processing these emotions myself, I stumbled upon a couple videos I made a few years ago. I found a sense of calm as I went back and watched them, and so I want to share them with you today.
In this 1st video, I share the Buddhist practice of Metta. This is a practice of loving-kindness, and of transforming loss into love. (4 minutes)
In this 2nd video, you'll put into action what you just learned from the 1st video. Find a cozy seat, and follow along in this 5-minute guided loving-kindness meditation practice.
I'd love to hear your experience with this meditation. Leave a comment below to let me know!
What inspires you?
This is a question I ask all my clients. Most of the time, I get a similar response of "I don't know" or "I never really thought of that." That's why I'm asking you today:
What inspires you?
What lights you up and brings a smile to your heart? It's totally ok if you don't know the answer right now. It's not a question you get asked everyday. But, I invite you to sit with it. Because what inspires you is the Universe's way of telling you what you're made for. Your purpose, your dharma, your ikigai. I love that word "ikigai." It's a Japanese word that means "a reason for being; the thing that gets you up in the morning." This sense of purpose is a theme in the blue zones, which are areas of the world that have the most centenerians (healthy, active adults over the age of 100).
So, again, it's ok if you don't know what you're ikigai is right now. Here's a hint though. Notice what activities energize you. Notice the moments that bring you joy. And, keep walking towards that. The rest will simply unfold.
I want to share something with you that's been lighting me up recently. I've always been passionate about finding ways to uplift and encourage women to step fully into their highest selves. In fact, that's where this all started. My blog, yoga and coaching offerings all started with this in mind. So, I was completely impressed when I heard about Sseko. It's a fashion brand that creates university scholarships for young women in Uganda. It also creates full-time, fair-wage, dignified jobs for women around the world. I just discovered this a few months ago, and it's been lighting me up. With all the craziness going on in the world right now, Sseko has been filling my life up with hope and impact, purpose and passion, love and light. So much so that I wanted to share it with you this week!
Here's a 5-minute video about how it all got started and the impact Sseko is having around the world. It's a really inspiring story. I've watched this video so many times, and am inspired each time. So, I hope you'll take a few minutes watch this now:
If any of this inspires you, if you're looking for something super-positive to align with, here are a few ways you can get involved: