As we reach the end of this year and prepare for the new one ahead, I want to remind you take some time to rest, reflect, and to go easy on yourself.
Here's some helpful end of year advice from Dennis Merrit Jones:
"Be gentle with yourself when you fall down, backslide, or metaphorically go unconscious and take a snooze. The practice is not to beat yourself up; it’s getting back up and continue moving in the direction you wish to go, one step at a time."
I am one of those who loves a New Year and all the different ways to think about making resolutions - like having a theme for the coming year or having one or two big plans or maybe a shift in perspective. If you have New Years rituals and you are willing to share - please do!! What do you usually do to prepare for a New Year - and what are you doing differently this year?
In some ways, the end of the year also reminds me of Savasana, the final resting pose at the end of a yoga practice. It feels good to lie down and rest, but sometimes I feel like I don't need it and I just want to move on with the day (shhh!). I am feeling a bit of both at the end of 2020 - like I could use the rest, but I am also ready to move on.
Actually, Savasana is more than a simple relaxation. A yoga teacher told me, years ago, that if I skip it, I might as well have not practiced yoga that day. The stillness of this pose gives the mind and body a chance to absorb and integrate the benefits of the practice, but only if we allow ourselves the space.
I have thought about this a lot in the context of life. I often rush from one thing to the next, without taking time to absorb what I am learning or consider how I want to shift directions or what matters most. Taking time to pause and reflect is like having Savasana - allowing ourselves the time to integrate our experiences. A dear friend reminded me recently that I once said to her, "Maybe you need more Savasana in your life?" And, she pointed out that maybe that's true for me now - she's right. I will take time at the end of this year to pause, rest, and allow myself to absorb and reflect, before moving forward again.
Let's remind each other to take time in all of our transitions - throughout the day and throughout our journey in life. It may make all the difference to allow ourselves a little stillness.