As we moved towards 2016, I was drawn to choosing the word and the intention of Foundation as my guiding word for the year.
I first became aware of a resonance around it during Day 1 of Carrie Hensley’s 30 days of self care during September 2015 . It took me until Day 8 to take time to do day 1 video, and when I did it lit me up in so many ways and I felt such a difference in my body.
I don’t do yoga regularly and was unfamiliar with the concept of Foundation, and quickly realised that this is where I have to start – creating and developing a strong foundation and building on that to go forwards
“As the foundation is laid, so the walls of the house will rise.”
Foot massage was included , to my surprise, who knew foot massage and foot care was part of yoga? I did not know this before . Of course, if I do not look to and look after my feet, which are such a big part of my foundation, my strength and my steadiness, then I will not be in a fit place in a few years time to continue offering massage, which I am passionate about. This was a lighbulb moment – I massage other peoples feet with great love, care and attention several times a week,why was I not massaging my own regularly? I sometimes did, but this moment set my intentions on creating a practice around it. Why not take a few minutes after my morning shower and again before bed, and give my own feet some love?
I believe that the feet are like our second heart, they move the blood back upwards around our body and if mine are not in good health, then my circulation is not all it could be.
Foundation also means other important things to me – it is creating a solid base from which to move forward into my 59th year, into my 60’s and onwards. This is a crucial time in my life where my health seems to matter far more then ever before and I have such an awareness that I cannot take it for granted.
Foundation is having an awareness of how my life has brought me here to this point and of how I can choose my way forwards. I have strong roots from which to fly.
It is about ensuring I have enough rest, when I need it; when I need to recharge my own batteries. When I spotted this gorgeous velvety chaise lounge jewellry box
I knew it was just what I needed, as when my gaze settles on it, I exhale and check in with my energy levels – do I need to stop and take 3 slow deep breaths ? do I need a nap ? Or I do feel just fine ? Plus it brings me great joy.
Foundation means keeping myself fully hydrated – I fill a beautiful jug full of water and fill it with lemon and lime, or grapefruit, or mint and cucumber – the more I drink the more I seem to crave and become aware of how much my body needs it.
It is about continuing to create a space to live my life in ,that I am happy in, which is clear and spacious and contains treasured things which are relevant to me now, and letting go of clutter from the past. This process is ongoing and I feel lighter every time I make more space. Space to be me. Space to breathe. Space to create and to flow and to grow. Space to dance and to cook. Space to enjoy my own company and space to enjoy the company of others when I choose to do so.
Foundation is about fully knowing the state of my finances and knowing how much income I need and what I need to do each week and month to assure that, and this takes me back to my feet – if I do not look after my feet and and my body, and ensure their health, and if I am not careful about what I put into my body , and about how I choose physical activity to move my body , then I will not be healthy and able to earn my living.
Paying attention to my body and my heart and then taking action. I have been showing up to a blank page each morning and sketching how I feel in that moment , and today, I painted a feather with acrylic paint. Creativity and having fun with it, and the courage to try new art mediums is playing a major part of my life in 2016.
and then the word Whoosh found me … I realised I felt excited about 2016 and I told a friend I wanted to Whoosh into 2016, to live an uncorked life – like a champagne cork popping..
Clearly, if I do not tend to my Foundation, I will be unable to Whoosh..
and then ,on New Year’s Eve, an online meditation around how I want to feel in 2016 brought me to the feeling of Vibrant, and so Vibrant it is – I intend to radiate vibrancy .
( Oh yes, and I am co hosting a Simple Sanctuary Retreat in Tuscany,in May, and this will be another post – Foundation, Whoosh and Vibrant all rolled into one week ❤ )