In addition to the ongoing challenges we face with Covid-19, political division, economic fall out, racial inequality, wildfires and protests, this past week brought the Fall Equinox, Rosh Hashanah and this evening Yom Kippur. No wonder I have felt a bit off! So many things happening at once. Some out of our control. Others not. Time to step back, give myself some space, and nurture my being and regain balance. Some reminders for me and perhaps for you.
I limit the continuous media coverage of all that is going on in the world. I want to be informed, however I am determined to not have it negatively impact my peace of mind. I have responsibility for me. I intend to live a healthy, happy and joy filled life even during chaotic and disturbing times. I have the control of that by how I think, how I act, how I feel, what I do. No one can take that from me.
We are all connected! In one of my yoga practices this week, the teacher had us repeat aloud this mantra 3 times at the end of the session. It was a perfect close. I reflected on this truth and how this past week conditions outside of me impacted how I was feeling. It is not just other people. We feel the Energy from plants, animals, sights and sounds, the sun, the moon, the wind, the rain, the waves crashing. Everything. Choose your surroundings carefully and make changes when necessary that will enhance your well being. Choose how and what you radiate. You have the choice to be kind or not, be compassionate or not, be forgiving or not, be loving or not. I choose to send out uplifting, inspiring, motivating and positive energy to the world and all that is in it. What are you sending out?
Be flexible with your routines as the seasons change. The shift to Fall, even though we are expecting warmer temperatures this week, was definitely felt in the morning air, the bit of fog, and then the evening breeze. The hours of sunlight started to diminish. Not time to bring out the sweaters yet, but maybe long sleeves. At least I no longer have to get up and run before the sun rises anymore with a flashlight! And I am looking forward to making soup!
With Rosh Hashanah last week marking the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection and repentance, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, starting tonight, I have been more reflective this week, even though I am not Jewish. Regardless of your faith or spiritual leanings, we can all benefit from self reflection, self improvement, self compassion and forgiveness.
During these last 7 months, we have all reset our lives in some way. We are adapting and adjusting to the new realitity of a new world. It has been challenging. It has been overwhelming. It has been life altering. Many lessons learned and many more to learn.
So stay connected to better understand and evaluate how things impact you. Then take the time to reflect on what you need to properly reset your balance.
With Light and Love,