Spring Ahead, and Take Your Time

Surrendering to the pace of renewal and revival.

I hope that you enjoyed the questions from last month’s blog, and that you are taking stock and reflecting on the first year of the pandemic. This will give you the opportunity to affirm your intentions moving forward, taking what you’ve learned and creating meaning from it.

Now, the weather continues to warm up, with some cold reminders sneaking in late in the season to remind us that we are not out of the woods yet. You may be ready for your spring garden, but hesitant because of frosty forecasts, no matter where you live. You may be ready to see people again, and yet your office, Yoga studio, or favorite coffee shot has not yet re-opened for in-person business. You may, like me, have gotten a taste of a return to “people” and want more, but not too much too fast. That is all perfectly normal, I’d say.

Moving Forward

I am a multi-faceted human being, and there are lots of ways to describe me, as I’ve heard from others over the years. One word that I have never heard Is “patient.” I like to move forward at a pretty fast clip, and I am troubled when things get in the way of that. Of course, as I’ve gotten older, and lived life, I have come to understand that I can’t control the pace of things. My Yoga and meditation practices have given me tools to find acceptance with that and surrender to what is, rather than what I would ideally like.

Pandemic Fatigue

A lot of us are sick of this pandemic. We are tired of wearing masks, and we want to hug our friends and go to a big party or hear some live music. And some of that is certainly beginning to open up to us. But perhaps not at our preferred pace or in our desired way. That’s okay too. These disappointments give us the chance to deepen our understanding of what is really important to us, and what our values are. Our reactions might point us to what really gives our lives meaning and how to live in a way that nurtures purpose in our lives.

Slow Down and Rest

And, if things don’t move as quickly as you’d like, that might even give you the opportunity to slow down and rest. It is likely that you are exhausted from this roller coaster of a year, or at least quite tired. Invite yourself to rest and restore as you allow the world to return at its pace. Consider this gift of time and take some good long naps.

We can’t always decide the pace at which things happen. I’m inviting us all to accept that, and to make the most of each moment. Renewal and revival are on the way, and let’s enjoy the journey, each step of the way.

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.

-Carl Jung

Be Well. ~Lisa

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