Sunday saw that I had a full day off from teaching yoga & from healing sessions. Of course there is always other work to be done. Like writing blog posts!
My intention for the day was to be ‘organic.’ There were a few things on my weekend to do list to be done before Monday. Important things like yoga invoices & availability for April needed sending out. I had my business coaching actions to complete for the fortnight too. The rest of the day would flow without me pushing or stressing.
The day started like most days do with a meditation. I signed up for The Wellness Project’s 21-day meditation program to add some new flavour to my sessions. Sunday’s track was a sixteen-minute mini Chakra balancing. The shortness of the meditation spurred me to invite my partner to join me in my healing room to listen too. I think we have meditated twice together in the past & it’s something he is open to but never does. It’s nice to share such activities & he happily joined in.
Green juice & a breakfast of organic Greek yoghurt & berries followed. All washed down with a pot of Yorkshire Tea.
Once my admin essentials were out the way I surrendered to my heart. Throughout the morning my Third Eye Chakra was buzzing like mad. This usually happens for two reasons:
- Someone I know is thinking about me.
- I’m about to have a creative Soul moment.
I felt both were going on as I received some online correspondence & I was tearing through my notebook scribbling down ideas.
A friend in NZ had had her second baby well over a week ago & I hadn’t had time to get online to find a gift. I didn’t want to rush & send something quickly without any thought. Sunday allowed me the time to really get involved & pick out a few very quirky gifts. Shopping & giving brings so much joy it was nice to really dedicate the time the activity deserved.
The day progressed with ease & slowness. Nothing was a chore or an effort. At lunch I took a break to eat & read. Currently I’m working my way through Claire Richards autobiography. I find real life stories fascinating. Through out the book there were loads of references to Claire’s time in the British pop group Steps. Being a Sunday & having loads of time I started to Google. I must have worked my way through at least an hour or two of music videos & interviews. Bringing back happy memories from my teenage years. I remember in 1998 my first year of university a girl in my halls knowing all the dance moves to ‘5,6,7,8.’
Last Monday I started an online blog course ‘Bright-Eyed & Blogged-Hearted’ with the ever-inspiring Rachel from In Spaces Between. I’ve been doing the course work in small sections all week. On Sunday I decided I’d like to finish it all up before Module 2 started the next day. I didn’t put the usual pressure on myself to get it done. I dipped in & out at my leisure. Most importantly I just enjoyed the whole process letting what I’d written sit for a few hours before returning to edit it.
Our BE & BH private FB group is electric. Over 300 like minded bloggers sharing, caring & supporting each other. I happily dipped in & out of convo’s with the ‘gals.’ Giving feedback on newly written or revamped ‘about me’ pages & vision boards.
One blog task took a lot of time. Trying to figure out how to get an ‘opt-in’ box for my newsletter in WordPress.com. The other WordPress (.org) has fancy plugin’s to do this. I watched the You Tube tutorials & scanned the help pages. Mail Chimp wrote me some code but it just wasn’t working. I have a ‘mend & make do’ option now in the side bar. Right at the top on the left, can you see it? Feel free to sign up & receive Soul sharing tip bits straight to your inbox! Thank you 🙂
I ignored the mundane tasks that needed attention. Like the laundry, cleaning & vacuuming. These tasks could wait till I’m tired & not creatively juiced up. What a waste to be rolling in the creative zone & be tied to the kitchen sink!
I really loved Sunday. By the time 5pm rolled around I was happy, enriched, inspired & content with my achievements for the day. A whole day of just flowing, doing things for love & joy instead of obligation.
When was the last time you took a day off to just flow? If you could spend the day doing 100% what you loved what would you do? Please feel free to share in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you.
Joy & peace,
This is a simple question right? Maybe not for some. I’m always looking for patterns & themes with my healing clients (& in my own life). We are all part of the universal ebb & flow. That means if something is affecting us individually it’s actually affecting us all on a whole. We are all one in the universe. There for it is important for my to aware of these patterns so I can best assist.
A theme this month has been strongly focused around joy. I myself have been asked many a time from my mentors ‘what brings you joy?’ These past few weeks I have been asking my clients the same question. I was totally shocked to be met with blank stares or ‘I don’t know, nothing.’ It breaks my heart when people become so disconnected with their hearts they don’t know what makes them tick. Its no wonder life is depressing & miserable if you are not connecting with your core & your passions.
With a little coaching based around the messages I receive intuitively in sessions I am able to guide clients back to their forgotten hobbies & loves. If you get sucked into the grind of life spending so much time not doing what you love & going with the slog I can see it might be easy forget. Life shouldn’t be like that, it should not be difficult or Soul draining.
Just like everyone else I’ve been experiencing a lack of joy but on a slightly different level. I haven’t been giving myself enough time off to do some self-love. (Check out this post for more.) Yes I love building my business & being of service this does bring me great joy. My life is based around doing what I love but I do need time off to just put my feet up & watch a movie. December there hasn’t been enough of this.
Here’s a really simple technique that I use to remind myself to do some self-love when I’m in danger of being all work, work, work.
My business coach advised me to make a ‘Soul Nurturing List.’ On this list I have put everything that I love to do, that brings me joy & nurtures my Soul. All of these are non-business related. Nothing on this list will give me a financial reward & nearly all but two of the twenty things will cost me no money. Even better, Soul- nurturing that is FREE! Most do not involve travel either I can do them at home. You just need to get creative.
When it’s time for my breaks in the day or on my day off I usually have a pretty good idea what I wish to do for fun. However if I get stuck or need some inspiration I get the Soul-Nurturing list out. I can easily pick something off the list to do in my spare time.
Here are few examples from my list:
- Painting or drawing
- Podcast (I’m loving Oprah’s free Soul Series right now)
- Watch a movie
- Horse riding
- At home spa day – facial, hair treatment, manicure & pedicure
- The list goes on….
The words ‘I’m bored’ shall never pass my lips that’s for sure.
If you have forgotten or just don’t know what brings you joy strip it back. Sit quietly somewhere, get comfortable & close your eyes. Breathe deeply & relax. Think right back to when you were a child. What was your favourite thing to do? Mine was to draw & paint or spend the day at the riding stables. These things are still in my life as an adult. You might like flower arranging, cooking, having a coffee with friends or walking alone on the beach. Everyone must have something they like to do. It’s just about remembering. It doesn’t need to cost money either. Most of mine don’t.
Go out there & give yourself some joy, it’s Christmas after all, a time to give back to yourself just as much to others.
With love K xx