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Is This My New Normal

Hello, friends!

Third week of Shadow School DONE! Woot Woot! For those of you participating, how’s it going?

I spent a lot of this week observing myself. Karmen is in a full-blown sleep regression. After a day without napping and having to work very hard to put her down for bed, I had a quiet freak out — Is this going to be the new normal for bedtime?!?! Am I going to be having to work this hard EVERY time!?!?

I sat on the edge of my bed and stared into space digesting the new normal. I took a deep breath, relaxed my shoulders — anyone else noticing their shoulders up by their ears most days?!?

And remembered that NOTHING is NORMAL. Everything changes. This is a moment in time.

Inhale.

Exhale.

Yes, I can…do this…I can do anything that is needed.

I need time and space to self-reflect. To get off the ride of life and look around, assess my surroundings and how I interact with them. That used to happen on my meditation cushion, but I haven’t been called to sit lately. Instead, I’m sitting on the edge of my bed. I’m calling it my non-formal sit, and it’s working…most days.

All this to say, where and when you self-reflect is not as important as taking the time to do so. Whether you’re sitting on a bus, meditation cushion, cooking dinner, or walking. Stopping to look around and assess—is this working for me? Am I showing up the way I want to? Am I taking time to feed myself, whether that is with food or thought?

I’d love to hear what you’ve been noticing in your internal and external scenery. Either respond to this note or share in the Facebook group.

In other news, we have decided to change the format of our newsletter to offer different pieces of information on different days. Scroll down to read more about what we’ve been working on, along with choosing what you’d like to receive in your inbox.

Have a great weekend, and I hope to see you on the mat either on the Practice With Clara app or IRL on Mondays at 4 PM at One Yoga.

Clara.

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