When life gets “busy” its incredible the power in pausing, even if just for 5 minutes.
This time of year, although is the time of year I crave – the beautiful colours, warm days, cool nights, layers and cozy sweaters or blankets… lets be real for parents of young kids and teens. This time of year is also back to school, back to hockey, back to skating and whatever else is going on.
This time of year can feel overwhelming and slightly stressful, after having a fairly laid back, go with the flow summer.
Ive quite honestly been feeling the overwhelm and stress, albeit creeping in slightly, but its there and I knew it was there when literally the pain in my neck would not dissipate. Even after visiting the chiropractor a few times. I had to go deeper. I knew this after my last visit, when the neck crack that I was so eager to hear… did not happen.
My body, my soul craves calm, serene, peace, quiet, organization when life gets “busy”. This past weekend we honored our responsibilities to ‘get shit done at home’. Hey Im being real. As much as we wanted to be elsewhere to enjoy the gorgeous sunshine and warm weather, we knew the weekend spent home tending to our torn up backyard, having long slow mornings relaxing in bed (or the couch for the kids) was exactly what we had to do and my soul is beginning to feel the power of pause.
Saturday morning we legit laid in bed until 10am. Something we haven’t done in a very long time. I read… I READ! Not just one of my fav power and personal development books either. You know the kind you can literally jump in and out of when time permits, that no matter where you jump in and out you always find a juicy tidbit of information to welcome into your life or change your perspective even just the slightest, always rising, right! No this is a book I was given for my birthday, that when I looked at it I wanted to get into it, I wanted it to be a book that would take my mind away and expand. Its done just that.
Last night after work the first thing I did after having a quick catch up with the kids was retreat to my office to meditate and stretch out my back and neck. 20 minutes later after listening to a beautiful throat clearing chakra (to help with the neck pain) I could feel more renewed, the pain was legit lessening, like after being at the chiropractor, or using deep blue and massage. I slowed my mind and body down, allowed myself to rest and recharge. My husband and children respected that. I journaled before bed and released anything that I was “holding” onto. I welcome the unknown.
Renovating is challenging. I had someone comment to me not long ago, ‘then why? why not just build’. I know I would feel the same stress, whether we are living amongst it or not, its something that I find challenging BUT its also something that has brought us closer as a family and also pushed us to grow. I love our home, I love what we are creating in our home, the process is purely magic. The before, after incredible. Its teaching me a lot. Embrace, feel the emotions and continue moving forward. Hearing some mentors speaking of the fall equinox I pulled out my journal before bed, released anything on my heart, allowed myself to be open to receive and set my intentions, which also included a beautiful nights sleep.
This morning I woke with my first alarm. Realizing I had slept all night, completely. Im sure my diffuser blend of Petitgrain and Laurel Leaf also helped along with my kids blends of Brave, Stronger, Steady and Rescuer that I also applied before getting into bed. Rather than tossing and turning to try and get more sleep, I turned on my lamp and pulled out my book. The same book that I was given for my birthday and that I initially was having a hard time getting into as it went from 1941 to 2019 back and forth in the story line. However this morning I woke wondering what was going to come next for Ines and dove into the book. My 2nd alarm went off and I snoozed it. I was that into my book. This quarter is off to a great start, my only slight regret… when my first alarm went off at 5:55am I should have showered then, rather than diving into my book and then my morning being slightly delayed, which lets be honest has an effect on everyone within my house. Regardless if I felt rushed after my time reading, it felt SO good to dive in and expand my mind. A ritual that I appreciate and want to continue.
The power of pause from the “real” world. From any real life overwhelm or worry to allow myself to pause and simply enjoy the story line. Like life, sometimes we just need to pause, to not think too far ahead and just think of the next step. Thats what the power of pause helps me to do. Stop over thinking, stop thinking to far ahead, as someone who is a very strong futuristic, this can sometimes be taxing on me energetically.
All in divine timing!