Around this time last year, my siblings were gathering together from different states to celebrate the Spring Equinox and make the attempt to see each other more than once a year at Christmas. Arriving at our chosen location first, my sister and I began to plan some ideas of what we would do over the course of the weekend. Being the wise one she is, my sister brought it to my attention that when we get together, we sometimes get stuck in always talking about our goals and self-improvement-type conversations. Not a bad thing, but besides "working on ourselves", what do we do for FUN?
I felt the truth ring in this observation. I'm the first one to crack the whip on myself and to have my inner critic put in some over-time hours. My book shelves are full of self-development books (I love self-help!) and I'm notorious for filling the pages of my journal with the things I need to work on and how I want to be better.
Again, not a bad thing to be self-observant, HOWEVER! It's also good thing to acknowledge HOW FAR I'VE COME.
As we make our way closer to spring despite the fresh snowfall on the ground (the equinox is NEXT MONDAY!!!), it's important to prepare for transitions by celebrating all the hard work we've done to get where we are.
What was a success this winter in terms of your health and happiness and overall quality of life? What worked well for you?
What made you feel good?
...Maybe you were super consistent with your meditation practice. Did you find new ways to move your body more this winter than you did last winter? Maybe you found some solid tools to nourish your body (new recipes??) and feed your soul (new classes??). Maybe you were less hard on yourself when things didn't work out as planned and maybe you set aside more time for self-care. Did you schedule in more quality time with loved ones? Or maybe you dealt with stress with more ease. CELEBRATE! Well done, you!
In honor of the full moon, this week's mantra will guide us to look at our fullest selves and to celebrate all that we are and all the hard work we have done so far in this life.
Take a deep inhale and exhale.
Place a hand on your heart center and give a little smile.
Say to yourself: I CELEBRATE MY FULL SELF.
This week, when you feel that inner critic start to creep in or when you feel overwhelmed with your to-do list, pause and take note of all your accomplishments big and small. This is also a great way to begin and end your day when you wake up and before you go to sleep. If you're having a rough go of it right now, just simply celebrate the fact that you are still inhaling and exhaling. You got this!
This week's mantra :: I CELEBRATE MY FULL SELF.