If you live in the Washington DC area, you’ll know that last week we had a big snow storm come through the area, covering the region with inches of snow.
My kids and I were cross country skiing through Rock Creek on Monday afternoon after the storm. We were on a trail I frequently walk. The world around us was stunning, spectacular really. The trees were heavy with snow, it seemed like every branch was covered. The weather had been so warm the day before, it created perfect conditions for the snow to stick to all the trees, bushes, rocks…every surface seemed blanketed with a beautiful, thick layer of snow. While we were moving through a place that was so deeply familiar, it looked so vastly different.
As we were skiing, as I was noticing the world that I so frequently see looking so very different than normal, I was thinking about that blog post from a couple of weeks ago and my inability to drag myself out of bed.
I had finally, after weeks of lulling myself back to sleep when my alarm went off, talked myself into getting out of bed and getting back to my routine. I found that, once I got back to it for a couple of days, it was pretty easy to get back to normal.
But here’s the thing…routine isn’t always what I need. Routine doesn’t take into account how tired I am, how my body feels, how from day to day things look and feel different. I’m the same person, but my needs change from day to day.
And so, of late I’ve been trying to be more aware and alert to what I need on any given day. I’ve been trying to listen a little more carefully, to notice when I need to move and when I need to rest, and to give myself permission to take what I need instead of simply moving through my routine.
Just as that trail was both the same and so very different, so our bodies' needs are so very different from day to day.
I hope this week, my friend, you can give yourself a little more permission to give your body what it needs without any judgement.
Have a wonderful week my friends.
Hi, I'm Krista!
Krista Mason is a yoga and fitness instructor based in Washington DC. She owns an online studio and loves it!