"Reinvention is a key to positive change. Affirm your current self and give yourself permission to turn into anything you know you must be. Be gentle with others who cannot meet your latest incarnation. Peace out on the ones who will not entertain the idea that your change is constant." ~Sarah Gottesdiener
This quote from my Many Moons workbook really resonated with me when I read it this weekend. I had just planned the theme of EXPANSION for my end of April breathwork circle in response to all the shifts and changes I'm feeling in the people around me, including in myself. Job changes, moves, career shifts, project ideas, graduations, babies, spring goals, lifestyle changes...
When we take steps to reinventing ourselves and making changes in our lives there's a period of transition between the endings of things and the beginnings of the new shifts. I know for me, it's really easy to rush over those transitions in efforts to hurry up and get to the next thing out of excitement or the uncomfortable feelings that come up. When we take a moment, however, to honor our feelings by noticing and naming them, we give ourselves closure from one story as we move into the next story we are creating and version of ourselves we are becoming (without all that extra baggage!).
This week's mantra is inspired from a line in The Goddess Project film that I saw a few weeks ago with a fabulous group of women friends (totally recommend seeing the film if you get a chance!) where one of the suggestions is placing love in your body in place of something else. But rather than displacing our valuable and important feelings, we'll acknowledge them with love:
Take a deep inhale and exhale.
Give your body a little scan to see what emotions are coming up for you around the changes in your life.
Say to yourself: I SEE MY ____________ AND GIVE IT LOVE.
Give this mantra a go at the beginning of your day, at the end of your day, in the middle of your day, or anytime you are feeling a particular feeling coming up. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
I SEE MY FEAR AND I GIVE IT LOVE.
I SEE MY RESISTANCE AND I GIVE IT LOVE.
I SEE MY RELIEF AND I GIVE IT LOVE.
I SEE MY DOUBT AND I GIVE IT LOVE.
I SEE MY SADNESS, WORRY, ANXIETY, GRIEF AND I GIVE IT LOVE.
I SEE MY EXCITEMENT, ANTICIPATION, DELIGHT AND I GIVE IT LOVE.
We just had a full moon so this is a perfect time to celebrate your fullness of emotions BY BEING A WITNESS FOR YOURSELF as well as release those feelings that don't need to come with you in the next part of your journey. Sometimes we need to let go of certain habits, relationships, lifestyle habits in order to really allow ourselves to expand with this spring energy, so honor what comes up when you decide to no longer play small. And give yourself all the love.
**Twin Cities tribe, we'll be breathing around this theme of EXPANSION and working through all the emotions and sensations that brings up for us on Friday, April 28th so please join us if this resonates for you! xo