Friday, December 26, 2014

2015: Finding my joy

Last week I had a first time wellness experience: energy work.  My dear friend and Aesthetician, Lauren Sterling, had told me about her energy work services and encouraged me to do a session with her.  When I started my appointment, I had a lot of mental chatter going on - mostly anxious, negative, fearful thoughts.  I asked Lauren what I should do to get rid of the chatter.  To my surprise, she said "nothing." She explained that the goal of her work is to just let things unfold naturally, as you make space for positive things in your body.

At first, I was skeptical about this theory.  On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being a personality type that is completely wired for mental chatter) I'd say I'm a 12.  I find it close to impossible to just let things go and not let my mind wander when I'm stressed out, no matter how hard I try. 

Despite my doubts, I decided to just go with it.  I took a few deep breaths and told myself to stay in the present and just let go.  After a while, I suddenly experienced an unexpected shift.  My chatter didn't go away, but it transformed.  My mind started filling with positive thoughts and images - one after another, like dominoes.  It felt like an unveiling of answers - my body was telling me to pay attention! 

I first saw myself designing a meditation space in my home.  Then I had images of doing more yoga, journaling, blogging, and sleeping peacefully.  Then I thought about honoring my practice of running and spending more time outside with Lucy.  Then the faces of my loved ones started popping up, which made me smile.  All of these images sent me the message that I needed to start intentionally filling my time with activities and the people who lift me up and bring me peace.

After a while, it hit me that these things collectively were forming my vision for 2015.  The words "find your joy" came to me, and I discovered that a key outcome of my energy session was to discover my 2015 New Year's "mantra" (so to speak): Finding my joy.  My goal of 2015 is to fill my life with life giving things that bring me joy, even if the journey may me difficult and at times scary.  I am truly excited about the concept of living my life with greater intention and joy, and can't wait to see what unfolds - even if it is nerve wracking at times!

What could your 2015 mantra be?  What shift would you like to see in your life?

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Chasing after peace

One of my biggest areas of personal growth this year has been removing stressful things from my life, and filling my life with the things that make me happy.  This may sound like common sense, but I've learned that for a lot of people (myself included), it is not always easy.  Yesterday I received a daily advent post (above) that reminded me of this goal.  I love the idea of "going where peace is" - whether that's a physical place (like a park), being around a joyful friend, or sitting on your yoga mat. 

This morning I went to Golden Gardens, one of my favorite parks in Seattle.  It was a rainy, overcast day but the water was so beautiful.  The sound of the ocean waves was calming and I instantly felt filled with happiness.

Where do you find peace?