The cooler weather here in Portland and in many places across the US is a welcomed shift. Not only does it feel good on the skin, giving us a little more desire to venture outside, but it feels like the senses have been refreshed. In grade school we are taught about our five senses and all of the work they do for us, however, in my experience, we never talked about the other sense inside, the feltsenses. These are the senses we tune into when we make decisions that invoke emotion. The ones that help us understand the difference between desires and shoulds. They inform us of dangers and situations that do not serve us. This internal navigation system also keeps us motivated when we are living the life where we measure our successes in how tangibly joyful we feel.
How does a shift in weather allow us to experience these senses on a heightened level? By connecting with the natural world around us more and being present with the changes experienced by the external senses, we have made room in the present moment to pause. To breathe, relax, feel, watch and allow, as they encourage in the Kripalu tradition of yoga I studied. We can make the most of these quieter, cooler moments by reflecting on the hotter months. What happened? What was joyous and what didn't feel great? What did you set out to do that you totally rocked? What about all the adventures? The smiles on the faces of your community? The hard work? The long days of reading? The outdoor wonder and awe? The amazing dinner parties? The first and even the lasts? If we take time during moments of change to reflect on the past, it gives us a great measure of how amazing our lives are right now, and also, what we can leave behind. It puts the summer that seemed to slip by in the blink of eye into a better perspective; all of your fun and travel efforts were not in vain! I guarantee, you accomplished way more than you even thought was possible. Want to turn your everyday routines into rituals? My sacred Movement class Mind Body Ritual will guide you to open to more joy.
Everyday Ritual Prompt: With a pen and paper, at home or in an outdoor space you frequent, take your shoes off. Go outside, take a wide stance and feel the earth under your feet. Notice what you feel (dirt, rocks, grass, heat, wet, etc...). Then go for a little walk. What do you see? How do things look different than they did at the beginning of the summer, how does it feel different to your inner and outer sense? Then take a seat. Write those observations down. Now on to you; what were your top 10 achievements? Go big and small and celebrate each one. Visualize how they made you feel. What did you learn about your self that you didn't think you knew? What was your biggest obstacle that got in the way of fulfilling all you set out to do? What can you rearrange so that in the coming season these obstacles will not be an issue. Close your eyes take five deep breaths. Hooray! You were able to sit in the center of change, experience equanimity and allow it to happen without attachment. Now you never have to be a victim to change, you can simple make the decisions to tap in to your inner compass and ask your self, what will bring me the most long-lasting felt sense of joy. You've got this! Let's chat about Mind-Body Coaching. It's such am accessible and fun way to actualizing your dreams.