So, we are now at the unofficial start to fall 2011. Summer has come and gone that quickly, and what a summer it has been. From hurricanes to earthquakes to broken and new relationships to deep introspection to preparing for the next chapter in our lives--my, we have grown.
I am working on the starting-of-the-week wellness post, of course challenged by the long Labor Day weekend and a mini-road trip with my girls.
In that upcoming post, I am going to share what this summer has been for me regarding transforming my life into balance. This both is and is not Zen, walking through rose gardens proselytizing. I want to from deep and sincere places share that letting go takes control, that life change takes commitment, that the tiny things build and that honesty braces the hard hits--my greatest lesson and the prompt for this blog.
Honesty, I have come to learn, is a powerful way to start transformation. This is seeking clarity. Deepak Chopra shares in his recording, "Higher Self" on Heart Meditations, that it is essential to ask our divine selves or the mystery we call God for clarity. For, this is how we receive direction and reach alignment in step.
I discovered that starting with honest reflection has transformed me--someone who for all of her public appearances is more reclusive and private than one might ever conclude. Thus, I kept much of my struggle in the dark.
From the outpouring of support I received from this blog in my sharing trials and triumphs, I see the confirmation in starting with honesty. This brings me to my next point in that honesty is beyond you. There is a witnessing component here, which could both be internal and external. Basically, there is a "someone else" factor inherent in the act that provides perspective and accountability.
When you share amongst witnesses your efforts towards change, they will check on you. My mom has worked to hold me accountable to my wellness shifts, asking about new discoveries and successes.
My readers have worked to continually motivate me; for, I see that my personal work is also public and political. They help me see it is about changing lives and systems.
My friends have worked to provide reflection and perspective. They have seen my trials in attempting to integrate my whole self toward balance--work life, relationships, mental health, weight management, childhood traumas, spiritual fulfillment and garnering emotional awareness and language.
We must become well not only for ourselves but for each other. Walking toward wellness has a spilling over effect. Others will begin to drink of it also and produce their own drink from which you will in kind feed. O’ how we will grow brave and honest together.
As we are here at the changing of the season, I want to begin the pattern of large seasonal reflection coupled with daily or weekly meditations. This couple of times a week blog posting helps with introspection on micro-levels. Yet, I am sitting down tonight for the meta-reflection: What has this summer been for me in terms of wellness? Who have I now become?
I ask you, dear reader, to do the same and meet my commentary tomorrow with your stories as well: What has this summer been for you in terms of wellness?
Cannot wait to share and to witness!
This Wellness blog is to share the author's trials and triumphs in becoming more present and centering her daily routines around health practices that build from the inside out.
It is her hope to spark dialogue and resource sharing as well as encouragement for those newly embarking on their journey toward healing all over.
(This is a personal blog with resources for educational purposes only.)