Quotes to Ponder
"The beauty of embracing deep truths is that you don't have to change your life; you just have to change how you live your life. It's not what you're doing; it's how much of you is doing it."
Michael Singer, The Untethered Soul
Easy not so Easy Homework
Pick a place where you spend a significant amount of your time (i.e. your car, bedroom, office) and then carve out two hours of time. Clear out and donate the stuff in this space that you don't need or want and organize the things that you want to keep.
Purging makes room for new creations to manifest. The intention behind this practice is to help clear your physical space which simultaneously clears your mental space and makes room for fresh energy and ideas.
Honor Your Needs
For three days, notice when you experience negative feelings/emotions and give them space. Notice habits you use to avoid, numb or ignore, and instead lean in and listen to what the feeling is trying to tell you or what it may need from you to heal.
Then give yourself what you need. If you need time alone to recharge, take it. If you need reassurance because you are scared or unsure, lovingly tell yourself what you need to hear or what you would tell a friend in your situation. If you need to cry, give yourself space to cry. If you need support from a friend, reach out.
The more we can lovingly check in with ourselves without judgement, learn about and give ourselves what we need, the more we build up and trust our internal resources to support us in times we are uncertain, sad, and scared.
Peace and Joy Builder
Take some time to watch birds. Yes, you read that right. You can go to a near by park, set up a bird bath or hummingbird feeder at your home and watch the birds come and go.
You may notice thoughts such as, "What are you doing? You're wasting time watching the dang birds when you could be doing _____." Fill in the blank. These thoughts are normal especially if this practice is new to you.
Nature can be extremely therapeutic and the greatest teacher in how to just Be. The intention of this practice is to notice the simple things available all around us that can bring inner peace and joy. The more you practice, the easier it gets. You may even start to look forward to this sacred time you've created for yourself.
Sing Yourself a Song
Find a song that inspires you, comforts you, or resonates with you in a special way and sing it to yourself. Invite the idea that the lyrics were written specifically for you to lovingly sing to yourself.
We can choose to tune in to what we need to hear during tough times and give that to ourselves. Use music as a soothing balm for your spirit.
Internal Validation Builder
For the next week, notice when something happens that shifts your mood, causes you to protest, complain, avoid or refuse to accept reality for what it is.
After noticing this shift in mood, fully acknowledge your internal experience by validating to yourself for why you are feeling what you're currently feeling. For example, "Of course I am disappointed about my friend canceling our plans. I was really looking forward to it. It's okay to feel disappointed. I give myself permission to have those feelings."
The purpose of this practice is to increase self-validation by lovingly acknowledging and honoring shifts in your inner world.