It feels so good to be writing to you on this side of 2018! On New Year’s Eve, the Yoga Dear hubby and I decided to write letters to ourselves. We wrote down those lessons, people, and experiences that we are grateful for from 2017 and what we’re most looking forward to in 2018. Then, we tucked them in our stockings to pull out next year and read.
We loved reflecting on these letters so much that we made our first Facebook Live video sharing our gratitude from 2017 and our excitement for the next year (you guys, we had a BLAST). Please watch to hear what we’re most grateful for!
I believe in easing into the new year this way...with gratitude, love, introspection. The end of the year is another marker for me (much like the change of seasons) to set intentions, to invite joy, and to think of ways to serve others better as well as myself. And, I hope you’ll do the same. After all, when we take time for ourselves, we inevitably treat those around us with more compassion and presence. Wouldn’t you agree?
I was chatting with a friend recently -- a beautiful yogi friend -- who understands how remarkable this year has been for me, but also how hard it is to be a new mom. Y’all, being a new mom (or dad!) and owning a small business at the same time isn’t for the faint of heart (especially when your baby has had the most horrible bout of reflux…). She said to me something like, Leanne not only are you caring for a baby, but your business is caring for others, too. What are you doing for yourself?
In the back of the mind, I’ve had these whispers of the word “nourish,” and if you’ve been following Yoga Dear for awhile, you know I choose a word every year to focus on. Nourish is my word for 2018, and at first it felt selfish. But, my friend reminded me that hey...it’s not. And, isn’t that what I share with you? What yoga teaches us? That you can’t fill from an empty cup? Of course it does!
Yoga fills my cup. Meditation brings me peace and clarity. Connecting to the Divine lets me know there’s a reason that I’m going through what I’m going through and that I’ll always be spiritually guided. I believe in this, but I need time to slow down, to nourish my own body and mind, in order to keep teaching and serving and spreading the power of yoga. That calling is one I wouldn’t trade for the world.
What if you nourished yourself more this year, too? Body, mind, and spirit?
What if you asked for help when you needed it?
What if you started each day with a cup of tea or a green smoothie and took a few deep breaths?
What if you asked your mom to watch the baby so you can practice regular yoga or your movement of choice?
What if you set aside time each day to meditate?
What if you worked your schedule and budget to incorporate bodywork like acupuncture or massage every so often?
What if you dedicated this year to loving and accepting you? Rather than changing anything about who you already are, what if you said...I’m going to care for myself just a little more?
What would that look like? What would that feel like? Wouldn’t that be inviting more love into your physical and mental body? And, wouldn’t that spill into your everyday? I think so. When you feel good, you do good. When you accept your body and your very being, your outlook on life begins to shift. I fully believe that. So, this AM, I’m raising my cup of turmeric tea to the concept of nourish. I’m remembering to be grateful. I’m inviting joy and excitement for all that is to come. How are you honoring the New Year?
With love to you! Happy New Year!