As we move further into 2016, I'm reflecting on how fast the first 3 months of the year have passed for me. So fast that this is my first blog post this year!
Has it felt the same for you? Has maintaining balance and remaining grounded been a challenge for you?
I am aware that in February, the Chinese calendar moved into the year of the Red Fire Monkey
Monkeys are intelligent, playful and agile, but they can also be mischievous, aggressive and unpredictable.
What does it take to keep your internal fire gently burning, not raging , smoking or fading? Fire can be both destructive and creative.
We need to have the flexibility to respond healthily to any curve balls that unexpected life changes throw at us! Rigid thinking based on our individual old preconditioned beliefs is restricting. This can lead to a smoke screen or flares from your internal fire, blocking access to your true self and to the growth or changes you need to be the best you can be.
Fire needs oxygen to exist, and so do we!
Effective breathing takes oxygen to every cell in your body, and takes away waste products from cellular activity. Relaxation breathing active relaxation and meditation reduce our stress hormones and raise levels of feel good hormones like serotonin.
We all need to give ourselves the best 'energetic fuel'. To me this means having a focus on maintaining life balance, connectedness to myself, to mother earth and to spirit. It means following my passion and my hearts desires, through practices and achievements that feed my soul and keep me on my path to being and giving the best of me
Being true to ourselves is vital. An old Chinese proverb says that 'tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are'. Be yourself, everyone else it already taken!
Energetic fuel can be the healthy giving and receiving of love, both to ourselves as well as to others. It can also be engaging in creative activity like singing, listening to music, engaging with any of the arts, or simply connecting with nature in your garden, at the beach or star gazing.