To Growth and Greenery

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“Like the seasons, we do not need to justify change.”

-The Goddess Rebellion

There is truly nothing like watching the greenery emerge from the dirt after months of brown grass and bare trees.

While Winter is the season for self reflection and growth, my Spring has been a continuation of that inward journey. I had a moment when I was with my therapist that I asked myself something I didn’t know I was feeling: “When did I become this weak?

I’ve always considered myself untamed, doing as I please with a stubborn heart. That’s the Aries in me. And besides a few difficult periods in my life, I rarely allowed myself to be swayed by external negative energies. The positive energies in my life, (friends, family and my familiar setting,) were just too strong to allow the bad in. I would be lying if I didn’t admit that the past few months have been a journey. This time has been about my own growth below the surface, battling feelings of fear, insecurity, and a whole lot of doubt. But with the weather warming and the scenery around me coming alive, I think I have too.

About a month ago, in a spot in our yard that has been just a patch of dirt, I noticed the emerging of new life. It was the daffodils that died away in the fall but always returned to announce the arrival of Spring.

Within a few weeks, they had bloomed with the most vibrant shade of yellow we’d seen in a while. I don’t know what it was about that sight, maybe the fact that the grass was still brown and the trees were still bare, but I had never felt so connected to nature than in the moment. Those yellow daffodils seemed to stir the stagnant energy I had been feeling, it was almost like I was being recharged.

To me, growth and greenery go hand in hand. The flowers and plants we love so much seem to disappear for a time, but are right below the surface waiting for the moment they can emerge stronger and full of life. We do so much work inward that might seem as though there is nothing to show for it, but we too emerge stronger and full of life.


My Spring Reading List
These books have brought a lot of color to my cloudy days. Growth isn’t based solely on self reflection, it’s also inspiration and knowledge that helps lead the way.

The Holy Wild by Danielle Dulsky
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
You Are a Goddess by Sophie Bashford
The Green Witch by Arin Murphy-Hiscock
Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith, PHD

What books are on your reading list this season? Tell me below in the comments!

6 Meditations I Brought into 2019

2019, I have been waiting for you to arrive since…. last March….

Fresh starts have always been what I live for. No matter what happens in my life, I know I can look forward to a new day, a new week, a new book, a New Moon. And it’s like the past never happened.

One practice that I was really terrible at sticking to in 2018 was meditation. In 2017, I was great at it! I woke up every morning, meditated, journaled and hit the gym.

Then life got crazy and I lost that habit and shortly after, I lost my peace of mind. Regardless, I fully intend on making meditation my priority. I’m getting back to WooSahhing.

If you are new to meditation, this is a great place to start. With the help of an amazing app called Simple Habit, here are the meditations I brought into 2019

Connect to Abundance by Julie Seibt

We can all use more abundance in our life, and it isn’t always money we need an abundance of. This meditation is great for helping you open the door for all types of abundances.

“Attract and receive abundance in health, relationships, finances and opportunity. In this practice, recognize and connect to abundance that is already present, explore obstacles that prevent you from giving and receiving more fully. You will learn to invite, receive and embody abundance as part of the natural flow of life”

Bath Meditation by Kate James

I tend to get distracted in the bath, but this helps me to be mindful and present. It is amazing for winding down at the end of a long day.

“A warm bath is the perfect way to relax and relive stress. Meditate while immersing your body in hot water to soften any tension.”

 

Bedtime Relaxation with Amer Khan

It can be difficult to turn our mind off at night. This is great for doing just that.

“Let worries about work or your day fall away. Use this meditation to help  you sink into ultimate relaxation for sleep.”

Resilience for Women by Shalini Bahl (7 Part Series)

We as women are so strong, we keep our families grounded while juggling career or hobbies. Sometimes we need a pick me up.

“This is a meditation series created for women by a woman. In this series, you will build skills to deal with different challenges. Explore different mindfulness practices that are foundational for developing confidence, resilience and ease.

For Women in the Workplace by Shalini Bahl (7 Part Series)

I already know we all need this one.

“In this series, develop the 7 essential mindfulness skills to overcome stereotypes, lead from within, and shine.

Women often confront incompatible expectations with respect to their leadership roles and gender roles. Research shows that mindfulness is one way for us women to overcome gender stereotypes and inconsistencies. Mindful women leaders are perceived to be more genuine and trustworthy. And most importantly, mindfulness makes us aware of how we perceive ourselves, so we can lead from a place of authenticity and unshakable confidence.”

Flow State by Holly Niemela

Having issues with blockages? Get ready to welcome the state of flow.

“Being in a state of flow often helps us be more present, get more work done, and feel a sense of timelessness. Whether you’d like some inspiration for a creative project, or are preparing for a few hours of deep work, this meditation will help you get into your flow state.”

 

I hope these meditations are what you are needing for a happy and healthy year/ life.


What are your favorite guided meditations you can’t wait to bring in to 2019?

What are your goals for the coming year?

Leave your answers in the comments!