Rhythm, Stillness, And Showing Up
Updated: Jan 30, 2021
Like many of you out there, I find myself at a loss for words. In this moment, the ones I have don't seem to fit, feel right, or express my thoughts. While I was conflicted about even sending this newsletter out, I decided that simple and present was better than absent. As I look to nature, it's always there - through it all.
When you feel like you are standing still, breathe and actually notice that you are breathing. Our body is automatically built to bring in oxygen and and exhale that which we don't need.
Breathing is mandatory, all else is optional.
Feel the rise and fall, tap into its natural movement and rhythm. Let it bring you out of your thinking brain and into your body.
When you feel like things are spinning and moving way too fast, seek stillness. Find patterns - in the leaves and branches - or something you are drawn to - a plant or rock. Stop and mirror its stillness.
Let the connection and natural flow of energy between you and the natural world ground you.
Slow. Steady. Still.
And whatever it looks like or how much you may not feel like it, just show up. For yourself and others. Make room and be gentle with yourself. Bring a sense of openness to what showing up may look like on any given day.
When the wind blows, the leaves of the tree move. They don't ask why or question which way to go. They just let themselves be moved and dance in the breeze.
"There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrain of nature - the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter."
~ Rachel Carsen