Spring is a time of new beginnings. Yadda, yadda, yadda!
Truth is, we are always in constant renewal. We enjoyed the New Year on January 1st, Chinese New Year, and now we welcome Spring (which I last year celebrated by waxing poetic about the Liver and Gallbladder), which also has its own associations with renewal in spiritual and religious contexts. And, in between, we are often presented with life lessons that force us to participate in a reconnection with the self in order to survive. Although they can sometimes be alarming or may unground us for the time being, we end up stepping up to the plate, or risk losing it all (mentally, financially, you name it!) After enduring the struggle, we emerge changed somehow, and we have to learn to grow into our new skin, which may be long awaited for, or purely uncomfortable for the time being.
When we resist the change we are to become, we lose ourselves.
And when we lose ourselves, we forget joy, love, light, and being. Our lights dim, our bodies rebel in some way (does body pain sound familiar?), and our emotions get out of whack. We lose sleep, we rage, we don’t listen to what our heart wants anymore. As morose as that all sounds, and the Bauhaus listener in all of us wants to relish the possibility that movement and daylight may never come, and we are banished to a world where everyone wears black, sulks significantly in the corners of dance clubs, and Morrissey is king (wait, some of us are still like that in New York!) , there is light in darkness (I’m revisiting the yin and yang relationship, again.) Always.
It is when we accept that change is coming, whether you like it or not, and trust that even if it all hits the fan tomorrow, the universe will make it so that you survive, manage, and understand deeper conviction in yourself. In such ways that make you fiercer than you previously were. Yes, I used the word, “fierce”.
Here are some ways you can liberate yourself from the negativity, and truly embrace your renewal:
- Breathe. Said so many times by other people. Because it is absolutely true. This can be done by slowly inhaling into your navel, while your tongue is pressed on the roof of your mouth, holding it for a few seconds, and then slowly exhaling through your mouth, while your tongue relaxes, and repeat this at least three times. By doing so, you get increased oxygenated blood into your lungs, decrease tension, release toxins, relax the mind and body, give yourself greater clarity, improve the lungs and heart, help your immune system, and many other benefits. We are a society of shallow breathers, and it is up to us to remember to nourish ourselves through simply breathing more deeply, and in ways that help our bodies.
- Challenge your fears. See if the root of your fears still serve you. Perhaps you can let go of one, or a few, of them!
- Try a new activity that may seem foreign to you. Even if it doesn’t end up rocking your world, you will have expanded your mindset, and put a message out to the universe that you can handle new things.
- Enjoy some silence, and see what your heart has to say. And then follow it.
- Start helping your body recreate and rebalance from within. Of course, acupuncture and reiki are excellent sources to help remind your body of its inherent wellness and resource, and to just realign your energies with your true path. Every time someone leaves my room in blissed-out relaxation, a brighter sparkle in the eye, less pain, and increased state of well-being, I am reminded of the incredibly powerful and grounding effects of these modalities.
Ready to release the resistance in your body that manifests as physical strain, and call forth your natural inner strength and wisdom to fortify your immune system? Call me for a complimentary 20-minute phone consultation today at (646) 652-8656.
I look forward to partnering with you on your journey to wellness!
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