This is my favourite part of the morning, sitting in my garden with my second (ok, third) coffee of the day. Maya and Gil are both napping and I’ve decided to use this time for some fresh air and fresh thinking. The birds are twittering, I’m soaking up that first morning sun and it feels cozy writing to you now.
I don’t know about you, but these days, since pandemic started (and even more so since Gil got sick) I’ve been really focusing on what’s thriving. On appreciating MORE. the sun, the birds, the wind, a warm cuppa, beautiful morning & evening light, fresh wild flowers…
I’m thinking what to write this email about, there is so much on my mind these days.
I am thinking about…
These are strange times. Probably the strangest our generation will have to face. The isolation, the uncertainty, the lack of 'basic' day-to-day things, a whole new reality. The world is changing, you are changing. Things will never be the same again. For the best. I believe it's always for the best.
This pandemic is highlighting things in our life, which have been trying to grab our attention.
This morning I read Arundhati Roy’s “The Pandemic is a Portal” in the Financial Times. It was a great reminder that here, in the west (despite the criticism we might have towards our governments) we are currently privileged (and I say this knowing just how vulnerable many people in our communities are).
We can stay home and cook and buy groceries and Zoom and do online yoga classes… and therefore we have the opportunity to learn from this, weed out the unnecessary and move forward with a greater understanding of what matters to us; personally and collectively.
On some days this feels completely achievable and on others I find myself somewhat overwhelmed to make sense of any of it. But today I listened to Ms Roy’s words and chose to reimagine what new may be... if we choose to stand for it.
“Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.
We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.” - Arundhati Roy
I’ve always tried to do my best to live my life through this notion that -
life is happening for me, not to me. This reality we are currently experiencing is inviting us to practice applying this notion into our life, instead of just screen-saving it or posting it as a beautiful quote on social media.
Do you feel called to weed out + plant new seeds?
If so, I have some questions I’d love to invite you to journal through this morning:
As life slows down, what is the invitation for you?
What are you being called to examine in your life?
What isn’t working?
What is working?
What needs weeding out?
What new intentions do you want to plant?
Since the beginning of this pandemic I’ve been sitting with these thoughts... that this pandemic is an opportunity to transform, grow and become more and more empowered creators of our lives.
I’ve been asking myself: Is it insensitive to take this invitation to stand in the truth that this might be our great awakening?
I’ve let Ms Roy’s words sink in as I’ve sat outside listening to the birds with my eyes closed. This is what I’ve heard from my deepest truth:
We can honour the lives lost by making our lives something worth living.
So, I ask you, my friend, do you feel ALIVE in your life?
Please hit the reply button and share with me what comes up for you as you are reading these words. Do you feel resistant or inspired by these thoughts and ideas?
Lots of love,
Ps. If you resonate with my words this morning, if you feel called and inspired to create a change in your life, I’d love to guide and support you through this. I have 2 spots available for my 1:1 coaching AND I’ll soon be opening the doors to Finally ME. Finally Me is a 10-week intimate group coaching program to help you quiet down the “noise” (external distractions, shoulds, opinions and judgments) so you can turn inwards and create a trusting relationship with yourself. body, mind & beyond.
Doors aren’t open quite yet but you can jump on the waitlist to be the first to know when they do next week (+ to get access to the wait list discount and bonuses). More details + the waitlist can be found here!