Over the last month, I sold my furniture, donated household goods, moved into a new house, ended a three-year consulting contract, started a new position, began a 10-week data analysis course, hosted a weekly writing group, and drove over 2,000 miles to visit family in New York, New Jersey and North Carolina. It was a busy time to say the least. Even though I didn’t have much capacity for blogging, I was cataloguing all the blessings that showed up along the way. So, here is an extra special, (much longer) month-long edition of all the things I am celebrating:
I feel at peace. I am content with my lot in life. I feel hopeful about my country. In the midst of all the turmoil that surrounds Washington, DC, I am on an island of calm. This amazes--and encourages--me. It is more evidence of the internal transformations that have been taking place. I haven't been rocked by anxiety, but instead keep moving through life with a deep sense of knowing and trusting. I also am able to give thanks for all the blessings in my life, including:
Last week, I joined with thousands of Americans in offering my thanks to outgoing President Barack Obama. Our nation was privileged to have a leader full of goodness, discernment, conviction, intelligence, thoughtfulness, and commitment to equal rights for all. As we enter a new era of federal leadership, I will continue my gratitude practice, finding ways each day to be thankful. Here are some of the things I am celebrating from last week:
I’m not making a PSA about the importance of abstinence from sex (although it is covered in the Yoga Sutras). No, this blog post is about setting boundaries. Nice girls say no to people who try to use and abuse them. They also say no to being taken for granted. Nice girls say no when it is in their best interests. And sometimes, nice girls say no just for fun!
Last week, I wrote about the importance of going with the flow. By that, I mean being in touch with your emotions, physical body, sensations, thoughts, and the promptings of the Divine Spirit that dwells within you. The Spirit lets you know what the next best step is in every situation. When you decide to take a nap in the middle of the afternoon, apologize for your harsh words to a loved one, or take a casserole to a friend who has four children under the age of four—including two-month-old twin girls—that’s going with the flow. Afterwards, you often feel a deep sense of calm and contentment, knowing you are in step with the Spirit. But that isn’t always the case when you go with the flow.
Crystal Moore began her wellness quest in 2003 after being diagnosed with lupus. Her quest has led her to embrace yoga, faith, exercise, healthy eating, and relationships. Share her journey.