“I need it all right now.” she told me.”My mat, my mediation cushion, and lots of greens.” I sat at lunch talking to a work friend about how hard these past few weeks have been. I nodded, although in the back of mind I knew how I’d been lacking in these areas. I had been choosing cookies over big luscious salads, a marathon of Scandal (Olivia Pope, I love you) over a sweaty yoga class, and I was finding any excuse not to sit and meditate. Needless to say, I was not in a good emotional place. But this work friend is one of those goddess mamas. She’s a lady with lots of stories, wisdom, and heart. So I listened to her. And then I went to yoga. And I went to yoga the next day too. I cooked with lots of veggies that night. I sat and meditated. Just 5 minutes. And then 7 minuted the next day. And you know what happened? Things started to change. Well, my perspective started to change. I felt excited to go to work and inspired about the projects I was doing with the kids. There where a couple of mornings where I actually enjoyed walking the dog. “Wow,” I thought. “This is so peaceful and quiet.” What??!! Who am I?
What I am learning is a lesson that I continue to learn over and over again. I have a toolbox, and I should use it.
For me, an hour on my mat or a 30 minute run will help me become more present and engaged. Taking the time to cook a nourishing meal will make me feel loved and cared for. My tools are always there. But it’s my job to create space for them. It’s my job to step onto my mat instead of perusing Instagram for an hour. Sometimes this isn’t easy, but I am learning that it’s almost always worth it.
When things get tough, what is your practice? Where is your mat? Perhaps it’s your yoga mat but maybe it’s being in the wilderness, or going for a run, or whipping up something incredible in the kitchen.
By opening our toolboxes, we have the power to shift. We can transform our worry into acceptance and our fear into love. So let’s open our toolboxes together this week. Let’s carve out the time and space to change our perspectives and cultivate gratitude for beauty that surrounds us.