I spent the last 10 days taking a break and looking after me. It was one of the best breaks I have taken in a very long time. I did lots of hiking (16k one day! I was actually shocked I made it that far!), kayaking, sleeping in, eating meals with awareness and presence (instead of running around between bites or sitting in front of a screen), relaxing, and sitting… just SITTING and BEING. It was challenging because ‘there’s always something to do’ but it was so needed. And I did it. And it didn’t actually take too long to get into the ‘doing less’, as I say in my classes. And, it was so FUN! That feeling of calm, peace, grounded-ness, connection and fun have been missing in my life for some time. It’s not the ‘have fun’ like you’d write on a to-do list (and believe me, I have done that too) but this was fun that happened organically and that came from an internal and intrinsic place. This is our birthright, and not just mine, but it is there for each of us. So I took home a few thoughts and realizations which I want to share with you here:
We cannot ‘book time off to have fun in 6 months from now’ or on our next vacation. We need to have fun, connection and peace and joy EVERY SINGLE DAY. So I invite you to ask yourself:
What is something that is fun for you?
Do you know what really makes your heart sing?
What makes you laugh and fills your being with pure joy?
What is it that is FUN for you?
What do you look forward to doing?
Once you identify this/these, can you do a little bit of this/these, or a part of this/these, EVERY DAY?
Over my break, I remembered what those things were that are fun for me. I know deep within that I need to bring elements of these fun things in to my life EVERY day, so that my life can be full and joyous EVERY DAY, and not just on my next vacation, and ‘survive’ until then. And when we do this on a consistent basis, bringing fun and joy and connection into our lives each DAY, we truly and genuinely look after ourselves. THIS is how we take care of ourselves. When we look after ourselves in this manner, it in turn brings us more energy and vibrancy, and as a result of this genuine energy and vibrancy, we are able to help others infinitely more. Truly, this is the way.
I also have created a new habit!
I have been asking myself this question often throughout each day:
Am I taking in more than I am giving out?
Posing this question to myself has really made me consider when I am giving out more than I am taking in. The ‘taking in’ – this is not a selfish taking in. it is a rejuvenating, refilling, replenishing ‘taking in’. It is absolutely required in order to have balance in our lives. Neither one can be more than the other. The taking in and the giving out need to balance each other at some point otherwise your cup will overflow (and that has negative consequences), OR you cup will run dry (which also has negative consequences).
THAT is what I realized these past 10 days.
So I invite you to join me in bringing fun and playfulness into life and asking yourself these two important questions:
– What is one little thing that you can do today to bring more fun and playfulness into your life?
– Am I taking in more than I am giving out?
ANNNDDDD! …. just look out … classes with me from now on are going to have elements of playfulness and fun woven throughout nutritious movement, therapeutic yoga, breath, awareness, reflex integration, somatics and much more!
If you attend classes with me, you are in for a fun ride so hang onnnnnnnnnn! 😀
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June classes are on and there is still room for you to join in! If you’re interested in finding out how therapeutic movement can help you, come and try a few classes and feel the difference!
There are also many different events coming up at the studio … check out the events, classes and opportunities to support your wellness… and then get ready for a great summer sizzler!
There have been a few schedule changes – the mini-retreat workshop on June 17 and the Couples class will be rescheduled to the fall.
Get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather! Hope to see you at the studio soon!