We’re in transition time. Autumn to winter, the end of one year and the beginning of the next, perhaps some vacation time and holiday travel before we’re back to regular routines. As I think about wellness for this week, I find myself reflecting on some of the themes from this blog over the past few months.
Keep the simple 3 breaths practice tucked in your pocket to stay grounded during all of these shifts. This short, yet powerful pause has the potential to shift your focus, calm your nervous system and slow the pace of your day just a bit.
Many of us will make resolutions for 2018 in a few days. The usual instincts - like more exercise, less alcohol, limiting sweets - are all very appropriate for winter wellness. In Ayurvedic medicine, we aim to keep kapha in balance in wintertime. Kapha out of balance looks like lethargy, food and drink that promote weight gain. Like increases like, so cultivate the opposite.
Be kind with yourself when you inevitably fall short of your goals. Practice lovingkindness for mental and physical health. We develop compassion by repeatedly feeling compassionate. We develop self-compassion by practicing lovingkindness to ourselves. We become empathetic by regularly making attempts to simulate another person’s inner world. We become happy and thankful people when we spend time recalling positive experiences and feeling happiness and thankfulness in our bodies.
may we have health and happiness, may we be free from suffering, may we know love, may we live with ease
From a place of compassion, take time for reflection. I heard this great new word the other day - inwardness. Slow down and revel in this period of time when nature hibernates to welcome the light as it slowly creeps back into our days. What does being a vibrant, healthy woman mean to you? There’s been so much female focused energy this year, from the Women’s March to #MeToo. We opened The Riveter to be a container for women to explore their passions and ambitions. What does all this mean to you? Who do you want to be in the context of these cultural shifts?
Wishing you a peaceful end of 2017 and a mindful transition to the New Year. Be sure to check out our updated wellness schedule for 2018!
Rebekah Papé is a writer, yoga teacher, food systems consultant and The Riveter member. Her personal wellness practices and teachings are seasonally inspired. Read more of her musings at rebekahpape.com.