But what if it doesn’t have to be the end of the magic? What if adulthood isn’t a curse that casts out all feelings of whimsy and wonder? What if there’s a way to still experience the childlike wonder of the holidays even as a – gasp! – mature adult. Learn to slow down and listen to your soul as a path back to the magic of the holiday season.
Calendar calendar on the wall, who’s the dreariest of them all? Although November arrives in one pretty ugly package, it comes bearing some vitally important gifts. The barren trees and leaf-speckled lawns remind us of the importance of forgiveness – the practice of letting go. The ever-present cold and gray remind us that even in bleak and challenging situations there always exists a direct path back to joy – through the practice of gratitude.
Last week my husband and I celebrated our seven-year wedding anniversary by going nowhere. We made sure to plan a lot of nothing. We didn’t have to pack anything. And it was everything. The Staycation feels like a lost and forgotten art. Gobbled up by our go-go-go culture, we seem to apply the busyness mentality of “doing” to our vacations, weekends, days off and downtime. Here’s the list we all need instead: 8 Excellent Ways to Do (Almost) Nothing.
Confused about September’s hot/cold – summer/fall indecisiveness? Turns out, it can be categorized as it’s own separate season w/an agenda all it’s own. Seemingly doing whatever it darn well pleases, September could represent the wild soul that lives inside each and every one of us. The part that doesn’t care if it’s the “right” way to go about life; the part that knows exactly what you need to do to make yourself utterly, joyfully, amazingly happy.
Does the idea of meditating make you laugh – or scream, or cry, or want to run away? Is it a practice in finding inner peace, or just a practice in pure frustration? For a long time, I felt the same way. Here’s a little about my own journey from hating meditation to understanding how to make it work for me. And if you’ve got a busy mind or a painful body, I think you’ll be able to relate.
Is it just me, or has this been a strange and challenging summer for everyone?! This summer shook up everything – work, health, relationships – and forced to me look at everything that isn’t working. Did you feel this too?
Whether the heat is making us batty or we’ve lost our connection to our joy – the energetic prescription is the same: balance the Heart Meridian! Remember the idea of mindfulness – paying attention – and you will begin to find that you can feed yourself with small ongoing doses of pure and honest joy.
That idea of summer being slow, easy and relaxed, sipping iced tea on a front porch – can quickly become a laughable fantasy. Summer is hot, bright, fast, light and expansive. It can be an amazing time for growth and getting things done (or at least getting them started!). But a key step towards personal growth is taking care that we don’t run ourselves dry. So just how do we do this?
Whether we’re currently in Late Spring or Early Summer is debatable…but the feeling is the same. It’s this time of utmost life and abundance. Today we explore the idea of physical abundance, but not in the material sense as something that we possess, but in the physical sense as something that we experience. Become contentedly full as you join me on this journey through six senses!
While having money and material abundance isn’t inherently bad, the question is…is it enough? Learn to counteract the “spiritual poverty” we often experience by cultivating a “spirit of abundance.” Let nature’s display of abundance this spring serve as your reminder to tune into all that is good and present in your life.