What’s Next? Who knows

When I found this poem in my recent journal entries, I fully don’t remember writing it or what was happening surrounding the entry. But I fully resonate with the message. It’s nice to have this kind of reminder at this time, when after 7+ months of not doing what I’ve spent the last several years of my life building, it’s just the encouragement I need; to know that stillness is not an ending. It’s taking a breath. It’s listening for what may come. And being ok with not knowing.

8/11/20 –
There is a call to be less rigid
To be patient and fluid
To not be grasping and gasping for breath
To trust and not be fearing that we’re on the edge of death
In stillness there is renewal
That does not need approval
In listening there is wisdom
That is timeless and continual
Use this space for ritual
Find the patterns that need removal
When the path is ready, it’s natural
You’ll know how to proceed
And what roads you need to travel
Let trust be effortless
It’s not laziness or trying to guess
It’s a matter of knowing
How we’re all deeply blessed
Nourished by this rest
And prepared for what’s next.

Patience and grace to you all out there as we continue to navigate the strange unknowns.

🙏💐🍂

Rest and Digest

Drop the weight of the world
Be your own pearl
Not every moment must be filled
Not every secret must be spilled

Allow yourself some joy
Don’t let yourself be destroyed
Allow yourself some rest
Some space to digest

Not everything is a test
Don’t judge yourself as a mess
We all have work to do
To find our essence and truth

Do what you have to do
To allow grace to be in view
Count to ten to keep your zen
Say less and let things happen

Let go of control
Make space for your soul

Quote from Gleason documentary; It left me in an absolute puddle.
“You are awesome. But the world can grind on you. Do not become obsessive to the point where you are unhappy. Let your best stand for what it is. If it’s not sufficient, that’s ok. You did your best; move on.”

I spent the last two weekends at Swan River Yoga for Restorative Yoga Teacher Training.  It seemed like a good time to add this practice to my yoga life, and a branch of yoga that more people can get into.  I didn’t realize how much I also needed it.  The idea is to let the body ‘rest and digest’, bringing a deliberate pause to the schedule, to consciously and mindfully breathe and restore the body (and mind).  It’s incredibly nourishing for the nervous system (which can become quite taxed in this fast-paced, modern life).

I have a tendency to fill my schedule down to the minutes, with little breathing space.  My incredible husband reminds me and encourages me to slow down…easier said than done.

But this yoga practice will be a tool I can access for more conscious rest.  The world can wait, and we can all take a deep breath.

I wrote this poem at the end of that training weekend.

As we move into autumn and the days begin to shorten, nature naturally asks us to slow down.  I invite you to consciously create space, and allow yourself that time, even if it’s 5 minutes, to stop, breathe, and be.

heart rock