Since we are only a couple of days away from a new month starting, this Self Care Sunday is about reflection and intention.
In the yoga room we talk about noticing what happens in postures, be it what we physically feel in our bodies or what starts to happen in our minds as we move (or slow down).We may not be able to change these things when we first notice them, but as soon as we are aware then we can start the work. If we never take the time to reflect, how are to to become aware and start the work of change?
So let's sit down this week, or next few days before the new month starts and think about how it went. Reflecting on what has made us proud and what needs work. Setting intentions for what we wish for ourselves.
Some suggestions to help you with this reflection:
- Turn off your phone (starting to see my theme for these self care Sundays?)
- Find a space you can be alone in the quiet. See my Self Care Sunday A Simple Bath for tips on finding this time and place alone.
- Bring a pen and paper.
- Bring along music, candles or a glass of wine. Whatever helps you relax a little into the space.
Then we start to ask ourselves these questions
- What am I grateful for this month?
- What am I proud of?
- What is something I would do differently?
- What do I want to let go of?
- What do I want to add into my life?
This of course seems more simple then it really is. Trying to not get caught up on things that didn't go so well or planning to much on how our next month will go. As we ask these questions starting to pay attention to how we feel physically, mentally and emotionally about each question.
For example, what am I proud of? Maybe you are proud you have started Self Care Sunday practices. You may feel pride, a sense of calm, the body relaxed and chest puffed out and open.
Moving through these questions again without lingering too long on the sensations to dwell. If it help you can even set a time for 2 or 5 minutes once you ask yourself a question to come back to the next one.
After we've spent some time reflecting, moving on to our intentions for the month. This isn't our goal planning. This is our intentions for how we want to be. "I want to move through my days with ease and peace", "I wish to find the positive in situations.". From there later on (another day) you can set goals to achieve these intentions, but for now we are just putting out there what we truly desire from life.
Once we have sorted through our thoughts a little, taking a few moments to write down any thoughts or feelings. Journaling if that's something you do. This writing is whatever you feel you need to write down. Whether it is some goals or just how you feel.
I highly recommend ending this with a yoga practice (youtubing is a wonder!) or a bath or anything else that makes you feel relaxes and at ease.
I'd love to hear what some of your intentions are for the month. Share below or on the Facebook Page .