Updated: Mar 22
Hello Beautiful and a Glorious Spring Equinox to you!
What a year we have been through. Today as the earth found herself perfectly balanced between dark and light, I was reflecting on where I was this time last year and all that has happened since. After over 365 days of a complete overhaul to our world, I feel like I am finally starting to get my bearings.
This past year has been filled with so many ups and downs for all of us. There has been so much lost yet so much gained. There has been heartache, fear and loneliness as well as clarity, growth and acceptance. The never ending expansion and contraction of life. The never ending inhale and exhale. This is our life. And it is up to us to decide how we respond to it.
When I look back over my life and reflect on all that I have faced and all that I have overcome, I am in awe of the resiliency of the human spirit. We can look back with regret & blame and get stuck in the endless cycle of suffering. Or we can look back and see just how badass we are…how capable we are of overcoming whatever comes our way, regardless of how challenging it is.
Despite what has shown up, we are still here. We are living, learning, loving, and making it through. We are taking inventory of our lives, perhaps in a way that we never have. We are seeing things in a whole new way. We are a work in progress and the work is never done. And we are doing a great job.
I have been meditating for over 20 years, sometimes more consistently than others, but this past year, meditation has been my life raft (along with dancing) and I can see just how powerful it has been for me to navigate the rocky terrain of this past year. I see how it has helped me experience joy in the deepest moments of my sorrow. How it has helped me stay calm & steady when my mind tries to jump on the fear train. How it has helped me get up and do what needs to be done despite the resistance inside of me.
If you think you can’t meditate, I’m here to tell you that you absolutely can. Meditation is a practice…there is no right way. There are many techniques that you can use to settle the mind and your practice should be one that resonates with you. A good place to start if you don't already have a practice is with just 5 minutes of sitting and watching your thoughts. Don’t try to stop them. Just simply observe. Don’t worry about how it looks or if you're doing it right. Just like any practice it will develop over time. You will learn. You will adapt. You will grow. It is not a magical solution with instant results but rather a practice that has a cumulative affect over time. Consistency and patience are key.
Our mind is very powerful and can create worlds. In our current world that has been crumbling all around us for a long time and especially in this past year, it is more important now than ever, that we start observing what our mind is thinking day in and day out so that we have the ability to direct it away from what we don't want and toward what we do. The more we do that, the more we can create the world in which we want to live, both inside and out. It starts in the mind. It's a good idea for us to get to know what's going on inside there. Every day.
You can do this. Even if it's hard. Your life is proof that you can do hard things. And you are worth the effort.
I love you...