Recently I haven’t been making it onto my yoga mat.
Yesterday morning however, I made the space and time, and got myself on my mat. My energy levels are very low at the moment, I’m getting over a cold, and a few other factors are playing their part too. I did a gentle 40 minute practice of simple stretches, a relaxation, and a meditation. Just really familarising myself with my body again after my little break.
It was like someone had pushed my reset button. It felt so good to be stretching and moving. I was suddenly aware of how much tension had crept into my body over the last few weeks. Gradually during the practice, through my breath and my movements, I can begin to release it. My shoulders drop, my hands soften, my jaw relaxes and everything that has been bothering me fades away and it all begins to feel better. I become aware of the breath moving in and out of my body, as my belly softens. The inhale and exhale gradually becoming slower and deeper. With every conscious breath I feel more like myself.
When life gets hard, something I find to be helpful is writing my thoughts down. It sounds so simple to do, but it can be so cathartic.
More and more I find writing to be like a meditation, a chance to deeply tune into one aspect of my life. Sometimes my head can be quite full, and writing is a good way for me to order my thoughts and sift through them. If the same thing keeps bobbing to the surface even amongst the calm, if something is niggling away at me then I know it is time to address it.
Some of you may have noticed a few small changes to the Geoffrey & Grace blog recently.
Several things have happened over the last couple of months that have made me think about why I am doing what I do, and how I do what I do.
One thing that has been at the forefront of my thinking is Holly Becker’s advice to “use your blog as a catalyst to help you live the best life possible”. I think this is a great suggestion and my blog is constantly challenging me to learn and develop, but I also want to inspire others to get the most out of their life, and live the best life possible.