As I am getting ready to teach a spring *renewal* retreat this weekend, I am in awe of the women who have courageously chosen to step in this container with me and my friend Sunny.
Metaphorically, renewal means letting go of the old - what needs to die, and welcoming the new - what needs to be born.
Just like the blossoming energy of the spring can only come forth following the decaying energy of the winter.
It takes courage to face our limitations, our fears, our blocks, and all the aspects of our life that are slowing us down from living our most peaceful and authentic selves.
It takes courage to let go of these limitations. And...
It takes courage to create space for new intentions to form and emerge from there.
Just like a lotus with its roots latched in mud, it submerges every night into the murky water to rebloom as new the next day.
When I think of renewal, I think of looking at life from a whole new angle, one our consciousness has not been exposed to before.
One of my favorite quotes is by Albert Einstein:
"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."
Did you know your brain is designed to take the path of least resistance? Every thought and action first goes through a default mode network which acts as a filter. Your brain goes down the same neural pathways it always has because it saves energy.
However, when you're stuck into the same patterns over and over, that filter prevents you from looking at your issue from a different perspective and allowing new solutions to emerge.
There's a way to clear thinking and new solutions, and it isn't through the intellect of the mind or visualizing until we're blue in the face.
It is through practices of connecting to the wisdom of the body, regulating, surrendering, allowing, and listening in order to create a fertile ground from which you can then take action. Not the other way around.