Growing up in California, and spending quite a bit of my childhood among wilderness and trees, I have a great affinity in my heart for the California Redwoods…some of my best childhood memories were spent under redwoods throughout California, and I think those memories deeply influence me to this day.
I remember one particular trip when I was a teenager. My family and I, minus my brother who was in college, were walking through the Calaveras North Grove, admiring the strength and stability of those massive trees, admiring the steadiness that comes with that strength and stability. I remember sitting on a bench with my sisters, a bench that leaned back so those sitting could look up at the sky and at the trees above them, and feeling that absolute awe at those massive works of art.
I was thinking about that memory earlier this week, and how that relates to our bodies. You know, feeling strong in our bodies won’t translate to an easier life-experience. It certainly won’t change the hardships you might go through or the times when life might feel out of control. Even so, I think building that strength in our bodies helps us navigate those inevitable hardships, those times when we feel out of control just a little better. I think feeling strong in our bodies helps us walk through the hard times in life with a little more groundedness, a little more stability. I think feeling strong in our body helps us remember in a tangible way that we are not only strong in our bodies, but also in our minds and our souls, even when life feels less than great.
My dear friends, I hope, this week, you can find a little more time to build strength in your body, mind and soul.
Have an amazing week, my friend.
So many tasks just feel easier when we have a friend to help motivate us, don’t they?
I’ve been thinking a lot about last week’s blog post and the power and importance of human connection, and how that need shows up in our lives.
Sometimes those important tasks in life just feel easier when we know there’s someone else waiting for us to show up. Sometimes movement is easier when we know we’ll have someone to walk or run with, to move with, someone who will be there to help us along.
I think it’s easy sometimes to judge ourselves, and to think that we should be able to motivate ourselves without the use of others…but there are just times when we need outside accountability, outside motivation…there are times when our own intrinsic motivation simply isn’t going to be enough.
My dear friends, I hope this week you will recognize your own motivational needs without judgment…it’s ok to need that community, that connection. I hope you can give yourself permission to take what you need.
Have an amazing week, my friends.
This past weekend I led a weekend retreat in the Harper's Ferry area. I know I’ve said this previously, but retreats are one of my absolute favorite things, combining all my loves in one tidy little package…connection, movement, food, adventure…bliss.
One of my highlights during every retreat I’ve led is the first night, after our first practice and as folks are sitting down to eat dinner. Seeing people who have never met each other connect, get to know each other, find areas of life in common is a pretty magical thing to watch. That process of human connection, it’s just amazing.
These past three years have been weird in terms of human connection, right? They have been hard to navigate, broken up, full of anxiety around connection…they’ve been complicated to say the least.
I hope, despite the anxiety of these past few years, as this new year begins, we can find more spaces and times to connect with those in our lives in a nourishing way, in a way that allows us as individuals to thrive.
Have an amazingly connected week, my friends.
Last week I went on a hike in Great Falls with my kids. It was an unseasonably warm day, but the remnants of the cold snap were all around us, with thick layers of ice covering the canal, the trail, and cascading down various rocks.
We had a plan, a route and a destination, but no real timeline, no real hurry. So we took our time, we got waylaid and distracted by any and every distraction. We eventually got through our loop, but not without stopping throughout our walk at various spots and spaces with more than a little ice and shenanigans involved.
I was thinking about that walk with regards to last week’s blog post, and the sometimes uncomfortable realization that we need to change in certain areas in our lives. I was wondering, as I walked, how it might feel to really give ourselves time and space when change is needed…to know that we have a specific goal and a destination, but we have time and spaciousness along the way while making those changes in our lives. I wonder how it might feel to really give ourselves permission to take our time. How might it feel to slow down, to purposely slow down. I wonder if the slower change mindset might make our real need for change a little more sustainable, a little more of a journey without judgment.
My dear friends, if you have a need of change in your life, I hope you can give yourself some time and spaciousness along that journey.
Have an amazing day, my friends, and a very happy New Year.
Hi, I'm Krista!
Krista Mason is a yoga and fitness instructor based in Washington DC. She owns an online studio and loves it!