A friend of mine asked the other day if I had a blog about what to do premenstrually for self-care and, to my own surprise, I did not! Which is so flippin' ironic because it's what my course is all about. So here I am, rectifying the situation.
I'll be honest, Valentines day makes me cringe. The sentiment of expressing your love for someone on a singular day of the year is pretty depressing. But, there is a wonderful wave of love themed articles, art work and photographs in the blogosphere this time of year which are right up my street. I love how the internet gives us the ability to redefine an event like valentines day, one blog at a time! In the past I have focused on Roses for valentines day but I read in an old herbal the other day that Rose was not always the herb associated with this day. It was once Violet.
A few weeks ago was the memorial of the Somme. It was a very moving service and one quote really stood out to me. It was from a reading of the diary of a commander who was responsible for a battalion of men. He was recalling his experience of utter terror sitting in the trenches waiting for their call to head over and into no-mans land. He said that when it came his time he found himself racing towards his destiny and reflected that “You sort of lose your sense of fear, thinking about other people”. How incredible, that in the face of all that fear, he overcame this with the welfare of his comrades and country at heart.
Often when we’re out having fun and partying like it’s Woodstock (gosh I would have had such a blast being there), we can tend to overextend ourselves and get sucked down the rabbit hole. Making something or setting a reminder of your intention to stay true to your own self is a great way to make sure you can have fun, but maintain boundaries you’ve set and are comfortable with, in a joyous way.
Throughout January I worked with my clients and classes on the theme of finding focus and intention to see us strongly into the New Year with a clear idea of what we wanted more (and less) of. This involved a lot of introspective work based around discovering and actioning our individual sankalpa resolutions.