Persistent tension in the body or being in pain is exhausting. Being in pain and trying to keep up with the stress of the current Covid situation and trying to plan the holiday season can feel impossible. Pay it forward to yourself this December – make self care a priority. What is happening in the world is overwhelming! All we are asking is that you take a moment to be kind to yourself. Your future self will appreciate it💚
The month of December typically brings with it longer to do lists, more family obligations and not enough time to rest and restore. This year is definitely unique in that regard. It has been a tough year so why not make the focus all about you, if even for a few moments.
Our challenge to you is to pay it forward to yourself this December. It’s not a huge ask but it can feel like it is. This month plan little acts of love and kindness directed towards yourself. Yes you read that right, towards yourself! And then we want to hear all about it, so send us a quick note and let us know what you planned and executed for yourself.
The Yoga Sutras teach us that the first step on the path into suffering is ignorance or forgetting who we are. We forget that we are a thread in the tapestry of Divine wisdom. The yogis teach us that our inherent nature is that of Love, Peace and Joy. This state of being is your birth right!
We suffer because we have covered over this perfection with layers and layers of behaviour patterns, beliefs, likes and dislikes informed by our past wounding, traumas and life experiences. The yogis go on to explain that this path of attaching to our likes, dislikes and resisting change perpetuate our deep sadness and suffering.
These layers can present as pain and tension in our bodies and minds, inhibiting the flow of energy in the body. We can feel overly stressed, exhausted and overwhelmed. Everything we do takes more effort mentally, emotionally and physically.
We would like to offer a simple step on the path to self-love, pay it forward to yourself this December.
Little Acts of Love and Kindness
It is simple. Gift your future self with little acts of love and kindness as the first step to learning how to truly love yourself. Here are a couple of suggestions to get you started:
What if you tidied your room and made your bed every morning so that at the end of the day when your future self is exhausted your bedroom feels fresh and inviting? How wonderful would that feel?
Book your future self an hour off to take a luxurious soak in the tub, why not book the time out in your calendar? Create a spa experience. Prepare the space with candles, bath salts and music ahead of time so that all you need to do is show up, fill the bathtub with wonderfully warm water and relax while listening to your favourite music.
These examples may seem small in terms of effort however the symbolism is important.
You have heard the saying “put your own oxygen mask on first”. When we constantly serve others at the expense of our own well-being everyone loses.
The fact is that we need to love ourselves and support our own health and well-being first so that we can show up fully and authentically for every moment of our lives.
When you pay it forward to yourself you will feel the benefits immediately! It is a little act of kindness that will ease your stress and make you smile. Notice the ease that settles into your body, mind and life.
Let’s start a self love movement. So get on social media and hashtag #iloveme and start sharing the simple things you do daily to lovingly care for your future self.
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