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Real Self-Care: Look Up

This post is part of a month-long series on Real Self-Care for world-changers. It’s about the experimentation: figuring out what works for you and following your heart. Simple, messy and everything in between. Self-care should be custom, intuitive, feasible and kind – to serve your actual life.

Look Up

I sincerely invite you today to go outside and look up at the sky. What time of day is it? What do you see? Sunrise or set? Clouds? Stars? Notice the sky, however it presents itself, in its magnitude. Take a few minutes to notice how it changes over the course of a few minutes. Spend some time familiarizing the sky where you are at this time of year.

The sky, the light, the position of the sun, the stars change dramatically from season to season where I live.

Showing respect for and allowing myself to flow with the seasons allows me to tailor my care to what each season asks of us. Pay attention to the sky and it will give you clues. It will guide you through the seasons.

For years, I attended an early-morning yoga class and it allowed me to groove with the seasons in a profound way. In winter, I would leave the house in the dark, and watch the sky grow light during class. In summer, I would wake in the light.

Having that constant: waking early and watching the sky gave me access to the subtleties of the years.

Building external awareness of the natural world is a boost to our internal awareness.

Now, it’s my kitchen window: I watch the seasons change, the sunsets, the position of the moon and the sun. Keeping my eyes up allows me to be more in tune with nature.

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