As some of you may know from my Instagram posts, (@becksr) I'm on a self-imposed spirit journey. I woke up one day and found myself in a space, mindset and state that was not me and I realized I had let myself slip. I had lost sight of some of the most important things in life and had been caught up with work, negative people and toxic energy. I wanted to find the old me and bring her back to life. Knowing that change doesn't happen overnight, I have set off on my own spirit journey. I make it up as I go, but the overreaching goal is to find balance, find happiness and be present, living in the now.
I thought I'd share a few things that I'm doing every day to increase presence, balance and restore that prana that I am missing in life. First, I've had to make some big life changes, getting rid of a work situation that was draining me, removing toxic people from my life, and committing to myself. Following that, I'm working on adding these things into my daily ritual:
stretching, breathing and connecting with your body is the best way to "reconnect" to yourself. Whether it's a subtle stretch or a vigorous flow, 1 hour or a mere 10 minutes, yoga helps to slow down, tap into what is going on with yourself and be present. It's also good for flexibility, stress relief, back pain relief, detoxifying, aiding digestion, increasing endorphins, better sleep, increasing energy.... the list goes on. I like to use MyYogaWorks.com
There is no better way to reflect and understand your own thoughts than to write it down.
Even in the process of writing, we will have to face our thoughts, emotions and come to terms with how we feel about something. Feelings and issues that were covered will come to surface, and you may even inspire yourself! For an inspiring journal, I like the MNB Diary from Lorna Jane, for a blank one, I love these from Minted!
>> eat clean foods, drop the coffee and booze
you are what you eat, and unhealthy foods, alcohol and caffeine can clog the mind and skew our ability to listen to our bodies and inner voice. I always eat as clean as possible, with primarily plant-based diet, but for my spirit journey, I'm going to clean it up even more and ditch the caffeine and alcohol. I don't drink a lot of coffee or alcohol, but I know that by making even that small change, I'll feel a difference.
we can be so hard on ourselves. while on this journey, I've made a promise to myself to try to empower, forgive, support and love myself. This isn't about regrets or "coulda shoulda wouldas," it's about making the best out of every moment and being the happiest I can possibly be.
one of the 5 Sutras of the Aquarian Age states, "When the time is on you, start, and the pressure will be off." We worry so much about "what ifs" and perceptions of the future, we put things off that we know we should do for ourselves and we experience anxiety about what is to come. This concept of relieving pressure and anxiety by starting, diving in, taking the plunge.... it resonates with me!
oftentimes we focus on the negative things. we could tell you all the crappy things that happened in the week, we complain to our friends, we focus on what we don't have, but we rarely focus on what we DO have. it usually takes a wake up call, or something really traumatic, to put things in perspective. by striving to practice gratitude everyday, we will become more aware of all the wonderful things we do have and experience and cherish them daily.