I recently watched a movie of one of my all time favourite books. A tale of a boy who masters the art of living when faced with the most challenging and astonishing circumstances. A story of hope. Of survival. Of mindfulness. Of loss. Of growth.
It also talks to how your definition of a “happy ending” depends on your perspective and the meaning you choose to make – what you choose to hold on to and let go of while you journey through your life.
For me, this story defines the process of birth, death and renewal – the recurring rhythms that define our days, months and life time. The seasons of our life are cyclical, and we need to move through each period in order to assimilate & grow. We all experience a “spring-time” within. We move from a place of hibernation, evaluation & healing and immerge with a sense of revitalisation and new perspectives, ready to feel the sunshine on our face & wipe the sleep from our eyes.
So what does Spring represent for you? A summer body? New love? New learnings and discovery? A new career? Fresh flowers and outdoor adventures?
You can access your Body’s Intelligence to help you with the question above or any questions you want to resolve and to get clarity on. Step one is to think of the question or put your attention on the thing that you want feedback around. (Perhaps the image of the person, situation or thing) Or formulate the question you want an answer to.
- Take a moment & step outside or find a comfortable space.
- Get comfortable – sitting or standing. Ground yourself and become aware of the sensations in your body. Connect to your breath. Sense your body in space. Take a few moments to relax and come into your body in the moment.
- Inhale deeply and as you exhale and then Run it through your body. ask your body for insights that resonate within you, for example: “Body, what does Spring signify for me?” or “What do I need to let go of in order to make room for the new?” (Insert any relevant & clear question here)
- Wait for the response. It should come within seconds. Ask again. And again. Until there are no more answers being offered.
(Note: If the answer comes with too many words and starts off with “I think, I should, I must…” it is not your body answering you – it is your mind. If this happens: repeat steps 1 – 4, and listen for the direct answer from your body – this will most likely be instant one word answers or short phrases which you can sense in your bones as true.)
” I suppose in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye.” – Life of Pi
Like the above quote suggests, take a moment to bid farewell to past aspects, assumptions, behaviours and mental models – acknowledge how they have served you and then let go. The parting of ways will then be a mindful celebration of where you have come from and where you are going.
Step into the season you have created & reveal in the new beginning!