You know that feeling when you step into a new situation, experience or even relationship and you feel really confident, connected and grounded? Maybe you planned for the moment, did all of your homework, vetted out all possible outcomes, thought about it, meditated on it, prayed about it, all ahead of time. READY FOR ANYTHING, RIGHT?
What about the times when you're unexpectedly faced with a new experience, transition or change? When you have to make a quick (important) decision that you weren't quite prepared for or you're faced with unexpected conflict? Does your confidence and connection slip away? I bet it's still there - it's just not in our nature to tap into it, when we aren't expecting to. Our nature is to protect, to defend or to panic.
But what if there was a way to train our bodies to come back to it? To feel our feet beneath us, the vitality in our breath, our body and to tap into what our intention is for the quick moment ahead. This is what I'm referring to as ANCHORING first. When the house is a mess, the kids are screaming and crying and your patience is nearly non-existent - anchor first, then set an intention. I promise you, it can wait. The 30 seconds it takes you to anchor first, then to set an intention will be well worth it.
In yoga, we speak a lot to reACTING vs. reSPONDING and the importance of doing so with consciousness - which I stand behind. But this philosophy allows us to also bring our body into the picture. To feel connected, confident and grounded before choosing how to show up in the situation. AND it takes awareness and practice - you will fail (I'll be the first to admit that I have many times). But it gets easier. We are re-training our bodies to feel safe, when we are safe. To feel connection, rather than threat. And to chose to move with our own intention first.
In doing so, how can you symbolize to your body that you are ANCHORING? I chose to place a hand on my heart as my body's reminder.... OK, we're going to anchor first. You can feel your pelvis, rock your feet back and forth, a hand on your belly - whatever it takes, it'syour practice. When I feel my breath, then I know I'm present and I remind myself of my intention.
A little HEART CHECK - "Bailey, are you with me? I'm with you. I am you and you are me".
Any situation - big or small - is worth your time, your efforts, your energy and your attention, if you're choosing to go through it. Are you willing to try?
PS - you are MORE than enough
CRACKED HEEL HACK!
Yoga teachers & barefoot walkers pay attention! Have you ever gone to get a luxe pedicure and leave still feeling scratchy in your heels? I'm right there with you! I was about to order yet ANOTHER foot cream/device to help cure this, but I decided to try one more thing (and I'm pumped I did!).
Introducing... BeautyCounter Cleansing Balm. It's commonly used as an oil-based face cleanser, but I have discovered it to also be INCREDIBLE for cracked heels! Rub a pea-sized amount in between your fingers to warm up and then rub on your feet - do. not. rinse. off. Want to make it super special?Put on socks while it soaks in. No chemicals, no worry about harmful ingredients and it's amazing!
I'd show you my heels, but assume you can take my word for it!
to try it for yourself (the container lasts forever!):
SAFE SWAP :: HOME FRAGRANCE
SWAP chemicals & fragrance FOR essential oils
We ALL want our environment to smell wonderful and welcoming! And as we head into the holiday seasons where there might be more gatherings and hosted events, it's just as important to SAFELY get your home smelling..."home-y". Fragrance and chemicals in traditional candles can be very harmful for our bodies and respiratory systems. An easy way to swap is to diffuse essential oils! They help to purify the air AND they don't contain artificial fragrance and chemicals in their purest form. A few of my FAVORITES are below:
runs up to 10 hours
great for up to 540 sq. ft.
(BONUS: ANY 200pv order with doTERRA this month gets a FREE car diffuser and 3 other oils! https://www.mindfulandessential.com/getstarted-773347.html)
UNOFFICIAL ANTHROPOLOGIE BLEND
3 drops Siberian Fir
3 drops Grapefruit
2 drops Peppermint
4 drops Wild Orange