I always hibernate a little bit while there is a class in session so I can hold space for the journey we go on together. I have been loving every minute of Season’s Eatings and the amazing group of women who gathered for this session. It feels like a big warm hug every day to chat about food, cooking, and family with other ladies and mamas.
I talk so much here about slowing down and finding ways to be gentle and nourishing with yourself. So isn’t it perfectly ironic that I often try to squeeze just a little too much into my days?
I especially feel the pressure to scurry around and do every beautiful fall activity before the real cold and hard days of winter set in. And all that apple picking and hiking and walking is wonderful but it also left me feeling a bit spent.
So I did something wonderfully selfish.
I took a vacation day at work and left the baby at his awesome school and I spent the day doing things just for me!
I started off with some piping hot coffee and took a long drive in the pouring rain to one of the best yoga studios in the state. I took a 90 minute Yin yoga class that was relaxing, restorative, and had lots of my favorite hip openers. The teacher peppered in a few readings and I swear it was like the Universe had chosen them just for me.
“Have the courage not to resist.”
My heart needed to hear those words. They opened me up and sparkled in my mind’s eye. I can be the queen of resisting, working so hard to control things or trying to stop the inevitable. Instead, what if I could be brave and confident enough to allow things to unfold? What if I stopped spending my energy fighting against things that aren’t really about winning or losing?
While I was letting this all wash over me on the yoga mat, outside the gray skies and heavy raindrops gave way to sunshine and bright blue skies. I left the class and went to a lovely market to get my lunch and headed for the beach.
I wanted to commune with the sea. I wrote words in the sand and splashed my toes in the frothy waves. I made a heart out of softly worn stones and whispered my prayers to the wind.
Please help me allow things to unfold with ease and beauty
Please help me practice trust and connection in my relationships
Please help me stay connected to my courage
Feeling restored and nourished, I drove back towards home. I picked up my little man early and we went to the playground together. I was truly a happy mama and so proud of myself for making space for this generous act of self-care.
Mamas, we need these days. We need these moments. What can you gift yourself today, this weekend or this upcoming week to nourish yourself?
If you would like to share it with me by leaving a comment below, I’ll write it on a slip of paper and hold space for you with lots of love.