The last couple weeks I have not been sleeping very well. I have fallen out of practice with my morning yoga and meditation. I have hardly taken time to be with my spiritual community and have hardly even taken the time to turn inward and connect with the spirit within. It is no wonder that I have felt off with my emotions easily swayed. It is like a tree trying to stand upright without any roots in the ground or like a child trying to walk before she has learned to stand. There has been an imbalance. I speak about this often because it seems to come in cycles for me. As with everything there are times of action and times of rest and sometimes these practices fall out of sync so they can be re-created in a new way. Our needs are not constant and therefore our practices need to shift with those changes. As the days get shorter and cooler I am finding myself in need of more sleep. This is usually when my morning practice shifts. Yet as I fall out of my routine, I can hear and feel the things that then need to change. I am needing more sleep but I am also needing more action when I am awake. I am needing to jog, to dance, to play so my body can rest during my nights. I am needing meditations that are more music based and less guided. I am needing laughter and play. When I stop focusing on what I am "missing" from straying from my routine or what I am doing "wrong" in changing it up, I hear why I am needing it to shift. I hear not what is missing or wrong but rather what I need, to balance that connection within a new cycle. We are ever changing. Everything is an ebb and flow, a cycle, a pattern and within that I am learning to connect with spirit and balance within those ever shifting ways. I am so grateful to feel the connection in my heart once again. I am so grateful to dance. I am so grateful to honor those needs and listen for these subtle shifts. I am grateful to share these moments with you. I am grateful to be fully human and share these experiences not as a "coach" that has it all figured out but as a woman that is living and PRACTICING what I know and believe even as they shift and more insights come. Being a gratitude and empowerment coach is not about telling people "this is how its done". It's about saying "here are some tools that can help you" and if those aren't the right ones then we will learn what IS right for you because we are in this together. For me, in my passion, the term coach could easily be replaced with the term companion or guide. The playful side of me would rather scrap the common terms all together and play in the labels of Fairy Philosopher, Pessimism Pirate (fighting pessimism in search of gratitude gold), or even the Joy Ninja. Yes I am nearly thirty-two years old. Yes, I still enjoy playing and being silly. And yes, I understand that most adults resonate more with Gratitude and Empowerment Coach because it cuts to the point and says what I "do". I'm grateful to be open to all these "labels" because in the end it is my heart and service that matter. I'm grateful for the people that have come to me and used my practices to empower and change their lives. I'm grateful to be a part of this process. And I'm grateful to be human, having come through these same processes, so that I can fully understand what it is like to make these changes. What changes are you needing in your life? What cycles and shifts are happening right now for you? How can you be open to these shifts? IS there anything I can do to assist you in this? May you day be blessed with joy. May you know you are always supported and the connection to Spirit is always there for you. Have a beautiful day!
I believe the way to a better future starts with gratitude today.