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Last night I had the good fortune of having an inspirational colleague and friend pass through town. The weather in the city is cusp of fall, and it really can't get more perfect. We walked Germantown Ave., went to the Mt. Airy food truck fare, heard the incredible Bethlehem sing, and then spent the evening talking about our Acupuncture practices, and our personal practices-the practices that support our growth and keep our spirits nourished and happy.
No matter what kind of work you are doing every day, it's easy to be caught up in the environment around you rather than creating an environment of peace and creative possibility from within. I sometimes tell patients struggling with anxiety that our thoughts only have as much power as we give them; the more attention you give to a thought, the greater it grows.
So here is an essential question to pivot from, in every moment: What do you want to have grow in your life? What are you creating in this very moment? What is your intention?
Take a few moments to reflect and notice exactly what that is...just observe.
We know that its easy to get pulled away from this kind of deliberate, intentional thinking, and this is why practices are so important. They help nourish that "muscle" that supports the best version of ourselves, the part of us that says: "I am enough and I have enough right now, and I stand in a place of possibility and perpetual evolution."
Practices also provide us with a sense of satiety this is so often missing from our modern lives. How often do you truly feel that you are enough, in this very moment, and that you have all that you need, and that all your future needs are provided for?
Here are a four of the practices we shared in conversation last night...we both have our own versions and sharing the specifics was helpful.
1. Meditation-breathing, connecting quietly to stillness inside of yourself. For me this is a clearing and replenishing practice. Key to this-it's not about being "successful" and I don't always feel peaceful afterwards. It is about showing up for it. The commitment to it is everything. The sincere intention you make will take care of what you need. Show up with that intention and surrender any attachment of how to arrive there.
2. Movement - yoga, walking, qi gong, hiking, bicycling... Again, it's showing up daily, and not doing it perfectly, necessarily. If you are not sleeping well, movement may be the missing element.
3. Creative outlets - writing, painting, dancing - most of us have something that we loved doing when we were younger that is part of our gift. Getting back to it can feel like coming back home. I also write morning pages daily to help clear creative blocks.
4. A gratitude practice. Remembering just a few things every day for which I am grateful reminds me to be in amazement for all the goodness that has been given freely, and inspires me to want to give more.
If you feel inspired to cultivate a possibility, whether it be something specific or overarching (such as knowing greater peace), get clear on it and write it out. Show up for these above practices. You don't have to be perfect at any one of them, simply practice, starting with one if they are new, or adding one to your daily life. The power of intention and surrender have the ability to bring you back into alignment with yourself.
I'd love to know if you take on these practices and what you notice changing as a result!