As we come to the end of another beautiful year, it is a potent time to reflect on our external and internal landscapes. Similarly to the way we approach our yoga practice, we must welcome this reflection with compassion, love and grace.
It is so easy to become overwhelmed by the intensity of political events, social pressures or our own challenges we face on a daily basis. This is when we must return to our practice, our roots, which provide the brilliant tools of stability, observation, awareness and action. These techniques remind us that our we are bigger than these challenges, and that our highest aim and soul purpose is to continue (or start!) living a life from a place of love and authenticity, and with less judgement and fear.
During the holidays, take time to immerse yourself in an abundance of loving company and home made delicacies -- and most important take time to nurture through your spiritual practice. Align with your most sacred self through rest and stillness. Observe what situations, relationships and experiences created sensations of nourishment, joy and love in 2016. Also, take time to acknowledge those that created stress, worry or separation.
Simmer within this awareness and vow to better serve yourself in 2017.
For some of us that may mean slowing down and taking on less, to be more for ourselves and families. For others it may mean manifesting new projects or refining ones we have already begun.
Collectively we can all agree that it is our birthright to share more beauty, joy, laughter and kindness in the world in 2017.
We must remember that all of these qualities are free and found within — it is our duty to share with integrity and passion our highest selves. The more we raise our individual vibration, the more we raise the collective vibration of the planet.
A New Years wish for us all...
May we speak and live our truths.
May we follow our intuition.
May we all raise our beat and elevate those around us every single day!
LAUREN LEE E-RYT 500 is passionate about living with purpose, exploring the world, and empowering others to live as their most authentic, radiant Self. Founder of Raise Your Beat, dedicated teacher and forever student on the path of yoga, she leads transformational workshops, retreats and trainings to awaken the individual and collective consciousness. Read more about her here