“Slow down, you move too fast, you’ve got to make the morning last
Just kickin’ down the cobble-stones, lookin’ for fun and feelin’ groovy”
– Simon and Garfunkel
All around me, I see people noticing their bodies, their minds, telling them to slow down.
I’ve felt this myself.
I actually surprised myself when 21 Days of Soulful Living was born because I had listened to myself and already given myself permission to slow down in my life. I wasn’t planning to run another program this year.
Here’s what I think happened. I think I was so in tune with the needs of others to slow down that I felt pulled to create something for them (for you) that allowed for that space.
It has been flowing out of me with such ease (that’s a good sign that I’m on the right path) that it hasn’t impacted my plan to slow down.
At this time of year, we see nature slowing down, preparing to hibernate for the winter, and we can take a cue from what we see. The animals gather what they will need to keep them cozy through the cold, the trees shed their leaves to prepare for the coming snow. We too, can prepare by taking time to slow down. One way I love to do this is by being more in tune with nature.
The message to slow down comes to us in many ways. Sometimes we get sick and our bodies force us to rest. Other times it’s more subtle. We feel more tired than usual, everything seems to overwhelm us, we’re not sure where to start with our to do lists and a plan to get it all done feels impossible. Sometimes things just feel off.
The best thing we can do during these times is listen. Turn deeply inward and focus on what it is we need.
This may mean fewer draining commitments, a renewed yoga or mediation practice, more time connecting with close friends and community, a vacation, or possibly something new to help us have a fresh perspective.
I see now that this is what I had in mind as I created 21 Days of Soulful Living, because it is the creating of space to listen and explore. It is an opportunity to slow down within a supportive and loving community. You will have the opportunity to go deep within and to get creative.
The weeks will take us through simplicity, gratitude and connection as we deepen our understanding of our own needs. Through this, we will make soulful living part of our daily lives.
If you’re looking for a simple way to take care of yourself as we head into the holiday season, and to bring the holiday spirit deep within, I encourage you to join us.
Peace, Love, and Wellness,