Happy Equinox! Whether you are in the northern or southern hemisphere the world still turns… When I was in the northern hemisphere (I’m back in Kenya at the moment) I loved the spring equinox as it meant the days were getting longer and soon I’d feel the sun’s warmth on my bones. I had some annual spring rituals including setting intentions, connecting with my inner guidance and picking oracle cards for the months ahead. Wherever you are in the world I hope you can take a moment today to be present with nature and this incredible planet.
In fact, at this time so many of us are now being given an opportunity to slow down and spend more time being present. It can seem scary and overwhelming at first, particularly as this isn’t a choice people are making. But, we always have a choice when it comes to how we react to things happening that affect us. And how you react and use this time is a choice. I completely understand how scary it can feel right now and there’s concern for loved ones (especially older ones); worries about food supply; added responsibilities and extra care around hygiene and distancing needing to be taken.
But, as someone who has worked almost entirely online for the past five years and self-isolates regularly (the needs of a highly sensitive introvert!) I can say that there is a real opportunity for more magic in your life, should you choose it.
Here are a few suggestions:
Start a new self-care practice
Your daily schedule may be a bit all over the place as you might have family around and/or be trying to fit in supporting others. I know how easy it is to let self-care drop, eat badly and not get going in the morning if I don’t have to. But the sooner you establish a new regular routine which includes movement and eating/hydrating well, plus other practices that support you e.g. meditation or journaling, you’ll start to settle in and feel good inside and out. Work with your new schedule. You might now have the time to get up early and do an online class as you aren’t commuting, something you may have wished for in the past. Or you could include your kids and do an online dance class together or involve them in food prep – again something there was never the time for.
Once you accept this ‘new normal’ and allow yourself to settle into it, you might find that you can finally use this time to do some of the things you’ve always said you’d do but haven’t. Hello writing that book, learning a new skill or creating art for the first time since childhood. Whatever it is, now is a time to connect with that creative part of you and actually follow through. You might even begin to wish you have more time in the end ;-).
Get to know yourself
So many people are scared of being alone and of dealing with themselves on a deep level. I know in my late twenties I avoided being alone with myself and my feelings and would numb them with copious amounts of food, and escape in countless TV shows. But as I started my own self-care journey I began to meditate and journal, getting to tentatively know my own inner landscape, I realised that I was more fearful of what might come up than what actually did. Beginning to start that journey has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The more I explore and learn about myself, the more I want to spend time in my inner world.
In the beginning I recommend starting small – perhaps with support such as a held online space – and do a little every day in a way that feels good to you. If you don’t like to journal try voice recording your thoughts and feelings. If you don’t like a certain type of meditation try another. There are so many tools and practices out there that can help you connect to yourself and it’s about finding the right one for you and your life.
Things may come up as you do this, especially as you may have more time on your hands, which leads me on to my next point – do reach out if it gets overwhelming or too much for you.
Reach out for support
If fears do come up around food, survival, money, safety or anything else, reach out to someone you trust. We are all in this together, and granted some people have more resources than others, but we can all look out for one another, share and provide compassion. Often we don’t ask for help out of fear or thinking we know the response, but there’s so much strength in asking for help and you will lessen the burden on yourself.
Also if old addictions or patterns feel like they may be coming up reach out for help here too. I have felt cravings for chocolate and wine this week, for the first time in a long time. Of course if you can allow yourself to have some in a kind way go for it. But if you feel you might be turning to coping behaviours that may spiral, get help sooner rather than later.
This can be such a wonderful gift, as learning to ask for help in the long run will change your life. It may bring you closer to others as well as help you feel not so alone in general. We tend to live as islands amongst one another and there is such power in doing this journey together.
Allow yourself to just be
We live in such a fast paced, do-do-do, ‘want everything yesterday’ world. This has been detrimental to the planet and our wellbeing – with anxiety, stress and depression levels sky rocketing. Now is an opportunity to re-connect with simply be-ing. Allowing yourself to be in the moment without feeling like you have to do anything. I just spoke with a client who for the first time in years was sitting in the sun watching geese in a river, feeling like she was allowed to be there without any guilt and like she should be working. I find it so sad that our world has come to this, but again it’s choosing how you want to react at this time. Can you allow yourself to just be?
These are just a few simple ideas and I’d love to know what changes you are making to support yourself at this time.
I am also offering a number of free and low cost resources, as I want to be able to support you as much as I can.
FREE Regular meditations and videos
As mentioned earlier this week, I am sharing videos regularly on my YouTube channel, helping you to ground, connect to love, feel supported and held, and more. Yesterday’s meditation will help you connect to your heart and divine and earth love. Just hit subscribe and you’ll be notified as I add to it.
Menstrual cycle awareness space – £13 per month
I have been doing more and more work in the area of menstrual cycle awareness and helping people to tap in to the potent magic of the menstrual cycle (alongside the moon) to inform how you show up in relationships, business and with yourself, including healing your own relationship with your menstrual cycle, if that’s what you need. I went from dreading my monthly period to actually looking forward to it. Seriously!
I will be opening an ongoing moon circle space on Facebook to support you with tracking your cycle (with the moon), understanding the seasons of your cycle and sharing as you go, so that you can start to understand yourself better and tap into this wisdom and wild power that we as women hold. Now is the perfect time to tap into this magic as you may not be going into an office (the 9 to 5 is so not conducive for menstrual and moon cycle awareness).
The space will open on the next new moon, which is this coming
Tuesday 24th March. You can find out more and join
HALF PRICE – One-to-one coaching support
I am offering a number of half price 1-2-1 coaching spaces to support you with anything you are going through personally, which may be affecting your health and wellbeing at this time (I will also include two bonuses of my entire e-course: Seasonal self-care for sensitive souls and my five-day mini series Connect with your intuition). If you would like to jump on a call to see if I might be able to support you personally, please just book in a time that works for you at this link.
FREE Connecting with your intuition
I am also giving away my 5-day e-course on connecting to your intuition, to anyone who purchases any item from my shop.
Much love and support,