Wednesday, 4 December 2013
This past year, we have all experienced so much loss and experienced so much grief -- in relationships, through sickness and death, from mental illness or abuse, because of finances, even due to the need for healthy change.
It is good to honor those shifts, to fully feel them, so that we can let go of what needs surrendered, and remember what is worthy of our love and gratitude.
What have you lost, what are you grieving?*
This year I have lost family, friends and our lovely rabbit :(
I was probably marched forward by life a little before I could fully feel any of this. It's a form of protection I suppose. I feel like I lost the first part of the year to numbness. It's very uncomfortable to look back upon and I am doing everything in my power at the moment to prevent that from happening again. This time of year is such a struggle for my littlen... too much of the unknown and sky high expectations. Hopefully I will be able to plan and structure the holiday season better this year to help him cope. That's something else that I've realised I am grieving; spontaneity. My son's autism means that he doesn't cope well with the unexpected. I'm grateful that I spent my younger years living on impulse!
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
*Today, I want to share with you a life-changing practice I discovered with the help of Rachael Maddox during her gorgeous Do It Meaningfully challenge.
Each day for 31 days, I sat quietly for a few moments with my eyes closed and my hand on my heart and asked, “Heart: what do you need?”
And then I listened. Sometimes the answer came in the form of a word. Sometimes an image. Sometimes a sensation.
Try this today. What does your heart have to tell you?*
My heart asks for space. This is surprising to me as I thought it was longing for the opposite. However thinking about it I haven't had a moment to myself in over a week so it makes perfect sense! I have been feeling incredibly trapped. I will make more of an effort to sort out a little 'me' time.
I think I might follow Kat and try this each day until the end of the month to see how I progress.
Monday, 2 December 2013
The way we nourish ourselves determines our ability to shine our light in the world. And nourishment doesn't just come in the form of food and drink and sunshine; it's equally important to nourish your spirit.
What made your soul feel most nourished this year?*
Hmm I don't know whether it's the fact that I'm tired at the moment but my gut response to this is sleep! I've had quite a stressful year really with lots of restless nights. A crappy night's sleep leaves me feeling groggy, especially after a few in a row. It leads to me feeling like a robot, just going through the motions. I've made more of an effort to get myself to bed earlier. I think dreaming helps to lift the spirit and a good night's rest is not only nourishing physically and mentally but it's also good for the soul.
Spending time outdoors, laughing with friends, exploring with the chief and listening to music have also been extra important to me this year.