Everyone I know is in some sort of transition. As the solstice draws near, we’re in the transition between seasons, and for many of us there seems to be a higher level of change than usual, from taking a new job, adjusting to parenthood, or starting a new relationship, to moving, ending a relationship, or letting go of aspects of ourselves that no longer serve us.
During times of transition, it’s important to get steady. Part of being steady is reclaiming your unique awesomeness. You know when your mojo is flowing: life feels vibrant and beautiful, your energy is balanced and bright, and you feel connected to yourself and others. And when it’s stuck, everything seems a bit grayer, internally you feel a bit sluggish, and life tends to feel a bit harder than usual.
Sound familiar? Here are five steps to take to get your groove back.
1. Move your body.
When lots of changes are happening, daily movement is often the first thing to go. It’s hard to feel in touch with the energy flowing through you when you’re parked at your desk or the couch. So get moving! Practice yoga. Commit to walking for at least 15 minutes each day. Ride your bike. Take a tai chi class. Or my personal favorite — which is free and can be done in the privacy of your living room — have a five-minute dance party. Whatever you choose, be present while you do it.
2. Appreciate yourself and others.
The quickest and most effective way to get your groove back is to return to a state of love. Take a moment, right now, to appreciate something about yourself. Take a deep breath and let the warmth of your appreciation envelop you. Now think of someone that you care about. Appreciate something about that person, and picture that appreciation wrapping them in light. Make this a daily practice (bonus if you do it more than once). Energy follows thought, so as your thoughts go toward what you love about yourself and others, those qualities grow.
3. Relax deeply.
Nothing brings you back into balance and calms your tweaked nervous system and stressed-out mind better than a time-honored relaxation science called Yoga Nidra. This short guided relaxation is like pressing the reset button physically, mentally, and energetically. Here’s my favorite version, by Rod Stryker. If you don’t have a meditation practice, nidra is a great way to train your mind to settle. And if you do meditate, nidra is an amazing adjunct to your daily practice.
4. Get creative.
Watch a child with a set of building blocks and you experience how innate the act of creating is in human beings. Sometimes in transitions we lose sight of this aspect of ourselves. So go create something! Write a thoughtful letter. Put together a puzzle. Draw. Design a workshop. Sing along loudly to your favorite song. Take some measurable action to express your creative side.
5. Drink up, buttercup!
From an Ayurvedic perspective, one key to getting your groove back is to balance your internal fire (agni). This fire is responsible for your ability to digest food, information, experiences, and thoughts. An easy way to help support your agni is to drink CCF tea. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Add 1/3 tsp whole cumin seeds, 1/3 tsp whole coriander seeds, 1/3 tsp whole fennel seeds. Remove from heat and let stand for five minutes. Add honey. Sip warm CCF tea throughout the day.
When you shine brightly, not only do you honor yourself, but you inspire everyone around you. I invite you to try out these five steps, get your groove going, and shine your light out into the world.