Feelings can be good or bad. They can be warm and fuzzy and sustain us for a good day of walking on sunshine, or send us into a spiral of negativity. Sometimes this causes us to think black and white when feelings arise. The good ones we welcome openly and want to create more of, and the bad ones we want to send away on a one-way ticket. Because our feelings have the power to affect us one way or the other, we feel like we need to act.
The truth is, you don’t need to do anything about your feelings. This is important to understand, because if you feel like you need to act when it comes to certain feelings, emotional energy is blocked, stopped, denied, or repressed. Emotional energy, no matter what the emotion, needs to be discharged. But know that discharged doesn’t mean doing anything. You don’t have to act on every feeling that arises. You don’t need to control every emotion or to let your emotions control you. Simply feel whatever it is you’re feeling. Become fully and completely conscious of it. Take responsibility for the way you choose to express your feelings, yes. Then let your feelings go. Release the emotional energy. When you allow yourself to feel all the feelings, the learning is already underway. You’ll begin to know what to do next and to learn naturally the action that’s right for you to take. It’s a new and healthy kind of control. The only thing you need to do about your feelings is to feel them.
Ahhhh, we’ve finally reached the peak celebration of summertime when the days are longer than the nights. Tomorrow marks the official start of summer, and we’re experiencing more *light* each day. Around the world, there are thousands of ancient sites created around solstices and equinoxes that were built to honor our connection to the Sun as the source of our light.
It is a time of celebrating the fullness of life and of taking the time to raise our energy to regenerate abundance and manifest our dreams. In doing so, we are not merely reviving something of the past but rather tapping into something that is eternal. It’s time to honor our dependence on the physical Sun, but also the spiritual fire within each and every one of us. Now that’s reason to celebrate and be grateful! Here are 4 mantras to get you started. And now, get out there and move in your light!
Releasing What No Longer Serves: Today I free myself from destructive fears and doubts
Making Space for New Breath, New Life, and Fresh Awakenings: Today I create a wonderful new day and a wonderful new future
Staying on Track and Feeling Rooted, Safe, and Sure: Today I acknowledge that every decision I make is precisely the right one for me
Honoring the Connection: Today we are all family, and knowing that this planet is our home, I feel deeply connected to the Sun, the Earth, and all beings.
Sometimes we don’t know what we want, what’s coming next, what we think is best for us, or what we think our lives will look like a month or a year or a few down the road. That’s okay. If the answer is I don’t know, then say it. Say it clearly and out loud.
For a long time, I made it my personal mantra to honor the space between no longer and not yet, and more than that, to let that space inspire me and not terrify me. If you’re feeling called to set some new intentions for summer, let yourself be at peace with not knowing…with the in-betweens.
There are so many reasons for not knowing. And no matter how much control we like to have over our lives, some uncertainty is good. Maybe we can’t know what’s coming because it’s going to be so different than anything we’ve experienced in the past that there’s no other way to enjoy the newness of it all other than this element of surprise. Maybe the reason we can’t know what’s coming is because it would be too difficult or too confusing to process right at the moment, so we’re put in this “waiting line” to eliminate unnecessary fuss and worry while our hearts and Spirits are being prepared to be unafraid.
Sometimes knowing would deprive us of the very experience we need to go through to discover the answer or truth we’ve been looking for. And sometimes the process of learning to trust that we will eventually come into that truth at exactly the right time is more important than knowing anyway.
Find the good uncertainty. Stay there for a bit. You might even love the view.
We live in a society of metrics. We measure success by how many degrees you have, how fast you can run, how much you can produce. There are first, second, and third ribbons. There are promotions, title changes, and recognition and awards ceremonies to seal it all up with ribbons and pearls and plaques. Results. Results. Results.
This sets up a tricky dynamic where a push to be motivated to living our bests lives gets too easily blurred with people-pleasing and an underlying obsession with hitting benchmarks and a “just because” mentality of living to win. But why? What are you trying to prove?
The truth is, you don’t have to prove anything to anyone, not even yourself. A subconscious desire to prove ourselves is hiding at the root of our fears, the root of our tension and pent-up stress, and the root of our desire to do more and be more. And with it comes the burning belief that we aren’t good enough or that we need to compensate for some deficiency in ourselves in order to claim our place in the pecking order. It starts to feel like we need to earn our right to be here. Like we’re being watched, and judged, and graded. Because sometimes, we are.
Remember this today and always: You don’t have to prove anything to anyone. You’re fine just the way you are now. You have an energy that is uniquely your own and you bring something to the plate that this world desperately needs. You have particular gifts and talents that are yours and yours alone. Without doing anything extra or claiming any flashy title or setting out to become more than you are right in this moment, step right up and take your place. It’s already yours.
It’s officially the first month of summer, and there’s lots to celebrate. Later in the month, we’re honoring the summer solstice with 108 sun salutations at the Glen Ellyn Studio, and today we give you our pose of the month: the strengthening, heart-opening Reverse Plank!
- From Dandasana, place your palms six inches behind your seat with fingertips facing forward
- Release your breath and then press your palms and feet into the ground
- Lift your hips high without squeezing your glutes so tight
- Press your shoulder blades against the back of your torso to energetically lift your chest
- Option to drop your head back
Benefits of Reverse Plank:
- Strengthens arms, wrists, and legs
- Builds core strength
- Stretches shoulders, chest, and front ankles
Give this one a try. Lift and shine!