When I make it onto my yoga mat, it’s an opportunity for me to connect to myself. Firstly through, my breath… with every inhale, and exhale I feel myself arrive… my body, mind and spirit join together. Sometimes it can be the first time that day, that I am truly present in the moment.
Recently my body has been feeling pretty tired, so naturally I have wanted to do a gentle practice; a few postures, and a bit of stretching to get my body moving and work out any creases. A lot of pranayama (breath work) and always a little mediation and relaxation at the end.
The deeper I find myself in this weird and wonderful creative online world the more it seems clear that we are all striving for the same things. Even if the core of what we do is different, we all hope to be successful and happy – seems pretty simple right?
To me, and I’m sure I’m not alone, happiness and success have always felt inextricably linked.
The tricky thing about success is that it can be a little elusive and can always feel just out of reach. How do we make sure we find some contentment along the way and enjoy each little part of the process? When do we let ourselves have a ‘top of the mountain’ moment? When do we ever really feel like we’ve ‘made it’?
Happy New Year to you all. I feel like I could hibernate for another month, but life and reality have been calling to me this last week, and I am gradually easing myself back into things.
After a blogging and Instagram break, I feel like I have lost my voice a little, and ironically I actually did lose my voice, and have been croaking my way through this week.
I like to start the year by reflecting back at the previous year, I have also been thinking about what is coming up in 2017, what I am hoping to fill my year with, and what dreams I would like to nurture.
We have all heard the phrase “feel the fear and do it anyway”, but what happens when your fear pretends to be something else? Unhelpfully fear can take many different guises, so how do we recognise that stealth fear that lurks within and pretends not to be fear at all? Then once we have established it is fear, how do we begin to move past it?
Photo courtesy of Nikki @findingjoyforus (to nurture a wounded butterfly)
I loved the theme for May’s slow living collaboration – to ‘nurture’. As a mother it is second nature to nurture Bailey’s needs, and her little spirit, I have to admit though that I often forget to nurture myself. For the whole of May (well since Easter really) I have been trying to prioritise some time to ‘nurture’ me and my spirit too. Even though I am an advocate for slow living it doesn’t mean I manage to avoid life’s stresses, and it’s so easy to get caught up in all the things that need doing. I think when we are busy, our self-care can be the first thing to fall by the wayside – so for the last six weeks it has been all about filling my cup up.
Last months hashtag was a great way to delve even deeper into this important topic. I have so loved seeing the way you nurture yourselves, and those around you. Here are my favourites from May’s #slowliving_nurture gallery…