We all go through different phases and cycles within our lives. Some hold an undercurrent of exploration and creativity while others create a container for rest and filtering what we've learned....
It's important to hold space for ourselves within each cycle to process where we are. To sit with all of our lessons and wisdom we've gained. To allow ourselves to sift through what belongs to us and what no longer serves. To embrace the uncomfortableness, and sometimes pain, that comes along with self-exploration in order to truly grow.
I spent the majority of 2017 filtering through what I had learned from the shifts that accompanying motherhood. I held space for my Self within all the confusion and swirling emotions until I felt safe to say goodbye to them. And when I did, it was as if a thick fog lifted away to show me a beautiful new landscape. One that held adventures and opportunities I had never expected. The ground felt moist and welcoming under my feet, inviting my creative energy to begin to explore. The air smelled of fresh herbs that nurtured my tired soul. My skin tingled with the warmth of the morning Sun...and I welcomed it all. Creating the space for my Self to begin to process and follow my revitalized energy.
I began 2018 by creating layers of Abundance which laid the pathway to remembering my Self; returning to so many youthful loves. Deepening my relationship to the Earth showed me where I needed to listened and become more flexible...where I needed to let go more and ask for forgiveness. My plant medicine practice has provided me with healing that I was calling for. Strengthening my relationship with my plant guides has nourished me physically, emotionally and spiritually. Their medicine has created an evolved foundation to build upon. I am stepping into Summer with more strength that I have had in years. So many layers of my Self are awakening within my dedicated practices and grateful that I continued on the path of doing the work.
Creating space for ourselves to process and explore new aspects of our lives is in no way "selfish", it is a vital step that I fear is being lost within our fast-paced, externally-focused society. There are layers challenges and difficulties to laying, and maintaining, a foundation where we embody the sacredness of loving ourselves, but life is so much more beautiful when we do. We shift into a new space that holds so many possibilities and deep connections which make us better people...and that truly inspires me.
Below are my article contributions and podcasts...
MoveOnPast podcast, episode 8
~honoring space to hear my inner knowing
~enhancing our awareness
~the benefits of a flow & restore practice
~we need to stay curious as yoga teachers
~small moments of stillness to carry me through the day
~elephant journal contributions...
~how my flow & restore practice has helped me relinquish old stories
~cultivating intentional rest through restorative yoga