I’ve been thinking of you, from my quiet, winter-y nook over here. I hope your holidays were nourishing and that you filled them with comfort, joy and gratitude. (Can you believe they were just a month or so ago?) And in this beginning time of a new year, I hope you are taking exceptionally good care of yourself.
My son said, “It’s a little late,” when I told him I wanted to write this post with New Year’s wishes. And maybe it is, but I feel like I just woke up from a long winter’s nap. And while I don’t recommend the gnarly sinus infection that forced me to stay in bed for days, I do want to encourage the nap part.
I don’t know about you, but I went straight from the holidays into feeling like I needed to Get back to work! That lasted about a day, before my body told me in an un-arguable way to: Get back in bed, and stay there for a week.
I can rest for a couple days with a bad cold, but come day four or five, or week two or three, it gets really challenging to keep surrendering to the fact that I just don’t have the energy to do anything aside from letting my body rest and heal.
What I’m learning, though, is that rest and rejuvenation are exactly what this time of year is for. Where some of us live, we don’t have a winter blanket of snow outside to remind us to stay warm and restful, inside by the fire, with a good book, a cozy blanket, and a cup of tea or broth.
In the late summer and fall, I was encouraging you to find joyful movement everyday. At this time of year, your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to s.l.o.w….d.o.w.n…
Give yourself permission to take it easy. Keep resting. It’s what the earth and all of the other animals are doing.
Try and let go of the guilt, or whatever other voices may come up to say you are not being productive enough, not doing enough. When you settle into the quiet moments and rest, it is easier to hear from your intuition and tap into your creativity. The seeds that will grow into what you want to create this year – and will make happen – may be underground at the moment, and maybe even under a layer of snow.
When you have rested enough, you will feel ready. The Spring will come, but it’s not here yet. For now, focus on all the things you know to do to nourish your body, mind, and spirit.
Here are some ways I would love to help you rest, restore, and relax this month:
- Check out the yoga class I teach every Friday from 12:00-1:00pm in room B290 at 2300 Delaware Ave. Just show up. It’s only $5! And your first class is on me! Yay!
- Book a massage. Mmmmmm. I’ve just opened up a few extra slots in my weekly schedule. Is one for you?
As my last massage client just said upon walking in the door, “Ahhh, I can just walk in here and let go.” What helps you let go and slow down?