Knowledge and facts and biochemistry are all important for understanding your own health and healing but so is connecting with who your true authentic and uninhibited self is and then bravely being that person.
Who are you
What is your calling
Are you doing things to fit other people’s judgments or expectations?
Do you have a dream deep down, a calling that you forgot about or buried?
What’s your true north?
What is your hearts desire?
The first step is being able to listen to or feel your true authentic inner voice. Only after that can you be brave enough to follow it and be true to you.
For me the answers to the above questions only come in the quiet or in natural wild places. It’s only there that I can connect with who I am and feel so clearly my authentic voice, not in my ears but in each of the cells of my body and it feels like home.
Modern technology, conveniences, and schedules are great and they have their place but they dampen our connection to our true selves. It’s important to step away and listen to what’s inside on a regular basis. Quiet the stories you tell yourself, quiet other people’s judgments or expectations, and be alone with who you are, as you are.
Shhhhhhhhhh, do you hear that? Exactly!
As an ayurvedic yoga therapist we were taught that as animals we have an innate wisdom of what is good for us and what we need to heal. The problem is we can’t hear it anymore with life moving so fast, and bright, and loud, blocking us from the natural world we came from. Welcome meditation. By meditating regularly, and it takes practice, and consistency, we connect with our innate wisdom and inner voice, slowing down to notice what we need to do or eat to heal. It is here we know who we are and what our true authentic self wants.
There is a lot to hear in each breath we take.
The natural world flows at the pace we evolved for millions of years to function at. It’s an evolutionary gap to function nonstop at today’s fast paced life. As women our menstrual cycles follow the rhythm of the moon. That still blows my mind! Our other hormones including insulin (blood sugar), cortisol (get up and go hormone), melatonin (sleepy hormone), and more all flow with the natural cycles. When we have bright lights in winter or late at night, air conditioning blasted in summer, caffeine when we are tired, or our phones every time we are bored, we are disrupting the connection with our true selves and how we have evolved to be.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m no purist, but taking time and taking steps to connect with the natural world connects us to our natural pace we evolved to be at so we can feel and know who we are deep down.
So I invite you to connect with who you are this equinox, feel who you were meant to be, at the pace we have evolved at. Meditating even 5 minutes every morning is transformational. There are books and apps and classes to help but just paying attention to your breath, without judgment, is a great and simple way to start today. Find a piece of wild to get out in once a day as well. Feel the dirt under your feet, light a candle on a dark morning, listen to the sound of the wind in the trees, walk under the full moon on a cold night, or brew up a cup of herbal tea to enjoy quietly.
I invite you to slow down
And even if you have to disappoint someone else, bravely be the person you were meant to be
Happy fall equinox. Wild love, Janel