Happy, happy April. This colorful time of the year is a beautiful reminder to explore our own opportunities to grow, bloOM, and flourish along with the natural world. As part of my ongoing svadhyaya practice, I review personal practices to ensure I’m living in alignment with my values and energy levels. Balancing our various entities (studios, clothing line, non-profit, blog/podcast) plus graduate school coupled with the death of my beloved Gramma has forced this issue over the past month. My pace has slowed, my heart is heavy, and I’ve decided to take a semi-sabbatical from day-to-day operations at Tranquil Space to focus on processing the grief and finishing my final year of graduate studies.
Despite this year’s challenges, I am grateful for the many lessons that continue to come my way. Life is full of them and sometimes they aren’t necessarily ones we’d sign up for, but are needed nonetheless. I’m reading a wonderful book called Grieving Mindfully: A Compassionate and Spiritual Guide to Coping with Loss. It’s filled with great gems on the many lessons that transition and loss teach us. Oh, the ongoing lessons!
I’m processing and also looking forward to what lies ahead: hosting my 4-week Tranquility Project e-course, welcoming a lovely group of ladies for an Art + Yoga Retreat (2 spots left) and two France Art + Yoga Retreats (4 spots left), treating teachers to a 10-year anniversary weekend in NYC (yay Anne, Siobhan, Carol, Danielle!), nurturing my creativity circle ladies, savoring my weekly sewing class, teaching weekly yoga classes, gardening, doing heaps of yoga, taking lots of hot baths, finishing my journal for The Sketchbook Project, and interviewing lots of inspiring ladies for Tranquility du Jour podcast.
Now that we are 1/4 through 2012, how is the next quarter looking for you? Are your new year intentions unfolding as planned? Do you have a sprinkling of joyful moments lined up this spring and summer? When life throws us unwanted curve balls, these little doses of happiness can provide a welcome respite from inevitable change. Make your every day an experience through simple pleasures. And remember, we regret more the things we don’t do, than the things we do do.
As we continue through this sacred season of rebirth, I hope that you, too, will take time to explore what lies within and is ready to bloOM. Take a walk among the cherry blossoms, make a terrarium, sip iced peach tea, try these spring Ayurveda tips, do legs up the wall, take your journal to an art gallery and sketch, organize your bookshelves, or do a juicy yoga class and let your heart open. Make time for what really matters and nurture your spirit in the process.