It’s my favorite time of the year, and it totally has me smiling! Something about the shifting quality of light, the cooler temps and changing leaves–it all makes me feel lighter, less weighed down. This year has delivered some landslides that knocked me sideways for sure. And, it was a good thing! Sometimes what we need is to step sideways, get off the merry-go-round, and see life from a completely different perspective. A little bit like doing a headstand. Or, being forced to stop working because of an injury. There are benefits there, if you choose to see them. These sidesteps, while at first may feel like a step in the wrong direction, are in the end the path forward. We only needed to clear some clutter out of the way. Just as trees shed their leaves, we can let go of outdated perspectives, un-necessary commitments, or hard line expectations.
I’ve had a couple of realizations hit me over the past month, that will impact my work-life in a positive way, allowing me to find joy again in what I do. I’ve also re-found my creative inspiration that I will be pouring into writing, drawing, getting back to my mala projects, and even ultimately into this year’s Jack ‘O Lantern!
A quote I ran across this morning, “Life isn’t just what you’re focused on, but around you too.” [Jessica Thompson] My personal goal–reconnecting with the full spectrum of Life, just as it is, without heavy expectations or feeling that “my way” is the only way.
To that end, over the next several weeks, we will focus on discovering our holding patterns, becoming comfortable with releasing expectations, noticing what it feels like in the physical and energetic bodies when we do, and finding contentment in being exactly where we are.
See you on the mat!
P.S.: Over the summer while healing my foot injury, I put together a series of short sequences to help keep my body mobile. Here is a time-lapsed series for opening the hips. No props needed! Since this is a time-lapse, remember to slow the movements down, use your breath as a guide (i.e., in the first pattern, exhale to externally rotate the hip, inhale to internally rotate the hip.) Follow the link: https://vimeo.com/physiquebyfountain