Meditation & Self-Care in the New Year
I know, I know. I'm talking so much about the "New Year" and all of the changes I need to make for 2017. That's because it's true -- something has got to change. Last year is just a blur. And while I don't regret anything, that doesn't mean that there can't be a lot of improvement in the self-care department. Lucky for me, my best friend has recently found her calling as a meditation coach. I am a follower and believer in meditation, moon cycles, healing crystals and their benefits. I turned to these methods a lot while pregnant and during labor and birth thanks to prenatal yoga and a birthing course I took called, The Yoga Way to Birth. But, I had never tried (or even heard of) breathwork, until Jenna, of Breathe Accented Life, was literally transformed by it.
I have to admit, I was very intimidated by her enthusiasm about this new practice. Her positivity and gratitude had skyrocketed. I couldn't imagine how a practice could do that to a person and I was skeptical. This is my best friend, guys. And I was convinced she was exaggerating. I had also been in a state of euphoria after having Banks. Motherhood will do that to you. I was obsessed with my life -- what could I possible get out of an hour of breathing that was so life changing? And did I really want someone I knew to be there hovering over me witnessing it?
Well, let me tell ya.
Jenna's practice is located in LA (yes, we are long-distance besties and it mostly blows). So, she called me over Skype (another reason I was skeptical!) and explained what breathwork was and how the session would go (I'm not going to do that here because I'll butcher it, get in touch with her if you're curious). I had my space set, candles lit, Morgan on baby duty. And I really just melted into it. Once we started, I never once felt awkward about our relationship. I actually loved that it was Jenna guiding me. She could speak to things she knew about my personality or that were happening in my life. Emotions surfaced that I didn't know were there (I cried guys...). And they mostly told me that I was drowning in my current situation. I was taking on too many roles, and trying hard not to prioritize any one of them. Hence the parade of self-care posts/rants.
I left the session with action items for how I could better manage everything I wanted to do in life. And most importantly, with a reminder of how absolutely crucial it is to take the time to do whatever makes you step back from the crazy day-to-day and realize how much of a gift life is. For me, that's yoga, reading, dating my hubby and now breathwork. I'm so thrilled to continue my breathwork journey and I'm determined to do it (mom)guilt-free!