We are just coming up to a 4-day weekend for the Diamond Jubilee, and the flags and bunting are going up everywhere. It’s a big event, once-in-a-lifetime (I was quite young for the Silver Jubilee back in the 70s, and don’t remember a lot about it!). On top of this, we will be hosting the Olympics this summer, and most of us are feeling at our most patriotic. We are fostering our sense of belonging and security at our base chakra, at a national level.
It is so important to have something to celebrate in our lives. Not necessarily, and certainly not only the big things, but all the little things as well. Our own birthdays, those of our families and friends, Christmas, Easter, whatever festivals are in your own tradition. It can be all too easy to get bogged down in the more humdrum aspects of our daily lives, and to forget the wonder that such events can bring. As adults, we may say we don’t care about our birthday, it’s ‘just another year older’ – but this sort of thinking can certainly make us feel older. Children would never say such a thing – and nobody would get the chance to forget their day! Now, I’m not suggesting that we should go and tell the whole world when our birthday is coming up, but rather that we take the time to think what we would like to do on our birthday. Even if we have to go to work, to think of some small – or enormous! – way to mark the day. To see or talk to our closest family and friends, to visit a place we love or would like to see for the first time. If we most love to cook and share good food, to do just that. To have some quiet time if that is what we would truly value.
And, even on our ‘ordinary days’, to reflect upon the things that have made them special, whatever that may be. It could be some goal that we have achieved, a book we have read, some music we listened to, a yoga sequence we have practised, a meal that we ate, a walk by the sea, the people we have spent time with. Let us not assume our happiness comes only from the ‘high days and holidays’, but that it comes from within us. And the more we notice and pay attention to the ways in which we can foster those good feelings, the more we celebrate that which is good about our daily lives, the better we will feel.
One of my yoga teachers once remarked that she has a little holiday every day. By which she meant that, whenever she really needed it, she practised some yoga or meditation during each day. What a wonderful idea! Not feeling a sense of duty about our practice, but using it to lift our energy and our spirits. Sometimes it can take only a few conscious breaths to alter our mood and our perception of our situation. At other times, it may take some movement, whether flowing or energetic. We may need some quiet time in meditation. We may need to listen to some uplifting or calming music, or to get outside in the fresh air. It doesn’t necessarily need to take very long. With Jin Shin Jyutsu, we may use the finger holds (mudras), to subtly identify and change our dominant emotions. It doesn’t matter what works for you, it only matters that you do something to make every day that little bit special, to give you something to celebrate and be thankful for at the end of the day.
What do you do that makes your day flow more easily?