Intentional Rest -
There is a saying - listen to your body whisper so you won't have to listen to it scream...
Intentional rest - like taking time out for mindful movement, meditation or guided deep relaxation, is something you can practice in order to keep your cup full and inner light shining brightly.
Intentional rest is something you really have to DO in order to gain benefits, it's not the same as relaxing on the couch in front of the tv, having a glass of wine, or going out with a friend. Those things can be relaxing yes, but Intentional rest goes beyond these things.
It is a practice of self care that takes you into a certain state, brain waves are at a certain frequency, and the body - mind is better able to heal, let go, release tension, improve interoception and process.
By practicing mindful yoga and guided deep relaxation you are taking that time to focus on intentional rest, your well-being, and refilling your cup.
Ngā mihi o te tau hōu ki a koe! - Happy New Year to you!
And welcome to Kohitātea - or the eighth month ( January at the time of writing ) according to the maramataka māori.
The Maramataka is the moon phases that māori lived by pre-colonisation, and also today many māori and non- māori are turning back to it's wisdom, for planting crops, fishing and hunting, and doing other activities such as hui, or resting verses being active.
To me, as a wahine, it makes perfect sense to be in tune with the moons subtle yet powerful energy and flow. That energy which effects our environment, the oceans, the plants and animals, us, as we are a part of the environment, and so it is natural to be in rhythm and harmony with it.
So whether you consider it to be the 1st month of the year, or the eighth, a way that I like to combine the two systems (because we are all living within the Gregorian calendar too), is to think of this time as a time to take stock,...