As buttery yellow spring sunshine pours in through my kitchen window, I feel so blessed this morning and wanted to share a few kind words with all of you. Hopefully, my writing might spark some joy or knowing in you to support you in your own life changes and transitions which is a big part of my work as a Life Coach.
Moving has been a journey, but now that I've finally landed in a sweet new nest, so many realizations are pouring in. As I headed out on an early walk this morning, I felt like I had woken up in a new land. I have taken the same streets on my morning walks for so many years and now, here I am in the same small city, feeling like I've landed in another state altogehter! The feeling is a delightful one. I'm close to a different sweet little bakery, I can go and sit by the water more easily, and even the trees and plants feel different. I was on a steep cliff, way up high. Now I am grounded down in a flat part of town where morning mist hangs low and the trees line the river so exquisitely. I love being on the first floor, watching the local kids walk to school.
My heart is full of joy, praise and acclamation (to use one of Mary Oliver's favorite words).
As I sit here writing and looking out at a budding maple and listening to spring Robins, a few things are occurring to me:
* Changing geographic locations has a huge impact on our soul:
In some ways, moving 'unsticks' our psyche and we are suddenly thrust into a new world that may even mirror our visions and dreams. I have been creating (for years) vision boards and doing 'feelingizations' around what I want to manifest in terms of a new space. As I look around this tiny (322 sq. feet) apartment, I see little intentions that have come (boom!) into material existence. The desire for new(er) energy efficient windows, an lighter ecological footprint in terms of size, quick access to outdoor space (porch and garden) and a light bright interior (I was living for 16 years with dark wood and painted red floors). In short, I desired change and a space that aligns with the person I am now, not the person I was 16 years ago or during that period of my life. I feel like this move is the deepest affirmation that we have the capacity and power to create a beautiful reality and because I consider this part of my own privilege as an educated white woman, it's my hope that I can live in a way that empowers everyone to find this freedom and capacity inside themselves. That I can be part of positive change for all of us, not just some of us.
* Have the courage to offer yourself and ALLOW the gift of change:
This could literally be just walking down a different street or taking a new class. So many things open our horizons and it doesn't have to be moving to a new home (although it might be). Listen to what your soul desires and longs for and nudge that little bud into being. Give that soul bud some light, some nourishment, some water and some support. Honor your needs and desires and your next best step on your path. And then be patient with the birthing process. Babies, buds and new beginnings need time to grow and germinate until the conditions are JUST RIGHT for birth and manifestation. There is no rushing, forcing or pushing the process. I've been birthing this new move of mine for many many years. When the timing and conditions were just right to make the move, I knew without a doubt that it was time. Listen, pay attention to the cycles, and trust yourself.
* Be willing to let go of stuff:
Even some of the things that you love and find to be beautiful. Let them go. A few questions I am working with as I am purging are, 'Does it spark joy?' (accredited to Marie Kondo) and...
'Is this the old me or the new me?' I think moving can be deep celebration of the closure of one life cycle and the boldly stepping into a new phase and chapter of one's life. I now live in a tiny space. It's not a true tiny house that is stand-alone, but it's a tiny apartment in a larger house with 4 units. However, the 322 sq. feet qualify it (at least in size) as a tiny house. So practically, I have to purge. There just isn't the room for 30 mason jars full of grains and beans. And, I simply can't save shopping bags full of old Christmas wrapping paper. On a deeper level though, I've been noticing myself wrestling with items that are beautiful or 'cute' that I once adored. And, yet, they contain the energy and intention of a different phase of my life. If I want to step fully into the new life that has been calling to me, I have to RELEASE things that I once loved and usher in all manner of vibrant newness. That doesn't mean we just forget about the past or what 'was'. Some things will go in a box as special keepsakes that mean a lot to me. But, in general, I am practicing the art of holding things in my hands, asking the two questions listed above and allowing myself to welcome in what is NOT known, comfortable, worn and familiar.
This is powerful medicine- no necessarily easy, but very freeing and deeply healing.
Okay, more boxes are calling to be culled and more aspects of my soul freed-up.
Can't wait to share more of this new tiny, yet MIGHTY, life experience with you.
Many Blessings, Anjali
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