When I first lay down on these mats (which are covered in spikey acupressure lotus flowers), I definitely jumped up and giggled and gasped a bit. All the photos I’d seen of people lying on @pranamat so serenely suddenly seemed ridiculous! (Isn’t this a response we so often have when we feel resistance in ourselves to something other people appear to do with ease?)
I eased myself back down and fought the urge to grit my teeth. I slowed my breath. I focused on extending my breath. Soon... the sharp feeling subsided. My body acclimated. I kid you not, I nearly fell asleep. This physical response reminded me so much of the intensity and acclimation found in Yin yoga. There is so much to discover in this life just beyond our initial discomfort.
These little lotus flowers bring a surge of blood flow to the areas you place on the mats, and this helps increase circulation in your body, which is so healing. I’ve been lying on my mat + pillow set several minutes a day to soothe achey muscles. I’m definitely still exploring new ways to work acupressure into my life. The exploration is pretty fun (as is making all my friends try lying on it 😹). #PranaMat
Would you ever try something like this?! Have you ever? Let me know in the comments!
Your words don’t have to be big or perfect. Sometimes it’s just that you have words to say at all. Sometimes it’s just about opening your mouth and asking for what you need. Sometimes it’s just about saying your feelings and figuring out the words as you speak them.
Make sure you listen to the words as you speak them. You’ll learn things about yourself as you speak. Give yourself permission to figure it out. 🌊🌊🌊
Do you ever feel stuck, like you need to speak your feelings and needs to figure them out? 💕
Without rhyme or reason, or any explanation...
Without justification or excuses,
without the compulsive need to put the comfort of another before yours when in your presence,
without the worry of your existence displacing another...
Without a story that somehow makes it “okay”...
Just be. ✨
How does it feel without the weight of these things upon you, you divine bright light? 😌
Sun and moon. Light and dark. It’s easy to think of these elements as binary, like in order to exist as one, we must release ourselves fully from the other. How can we be light if we have heaviness, weariness, anxiety, depression within us?
The truth is, you are pure light. You were born pure light and you will always be pure light. You need not do anything to become this light or to be worthy of being so. Beauty comes from the dark as well. It’s in the dark that we can see the moon shine brightest. 🌚🌝
Is this something you’ve struggled with or felt conflicted about? I’d love if you’d tell me in the comments. ❤️
Beach day with @djadamjohan, who always helps me find the light within the dark.
We have got to stop shaming people (largely womxn and femmes) for expressing their delight and joy at their own self-existence and expression and beauty. We all possess attributes (physical, mental, emotional) which offer beauty to the world — but it’s more than that. It’s a good thing to feel beautiful for ourselves. And sometimes it feels good to share that online. Why do we shame people for showing skin when they want to show skin? I’m not talking about myself, as I haven’t fallen victim to this much, but I see it all the time. Showing skin doesn’t mean we love ourselves any less. Not showing skin doesn’t mean we love ourselves any less. Skin is beautiful, modesty is beautiful, self-expression is beautiful, and loving oneself (even if they’re fleeting moments and far between) is the most beautiful. Please don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. 🎀
I’d be honored if you’d share your stories in the comments.
Feeling myself in my #spacebuns👽 and this super quirky and sexy suit by @stuffwithprints. I’m obsessed with this brand which features the artwork of up-and-coming artists on their designs. If you want to wear literal works of art, check them out. ❤️💛💙
If you’re tiptoeing on the edge of “maybe” or “what if”... What is on the other side of doubt?
We say it all the time: next time, after I finish XYZ first, once I become my own version of “worthy” — as if once you are “worthy” of stepping into your space, it will suddenly feel easy to embody your strength — effortless. The truth is, you have to reach out and grab your peace. That is what strength looks like — you have to hold space within yourself for that peace to live. If you keep waiting, and waiting for it to feel easy, you will be waiting your whole life. But if you’re okay with putting forth the work, the work itself will be so gratifying. You’ll realize the work isn’t a means to an end — the work is how you hold your peace inside yourself. The work is how you transport yourself to another time, another location, another dimension whenever you want. The work is letting every drop of shame leave your body, dripping away with your tears and your sweat, and letting the space it filled remain empty. We get scared because we mistake this space for an empty pit; it’s not. It’s where you hold your peace.
Tell me in the comments what’s on the other side of your doubt. 🌸
Some family we’re born into — some family we choose. Look for those who inspire you to be stronger and also more tender. Look for those who hold you to higher standards, but not with frustration or grief — look instead for those who do so with loving honesty. I’m so grateful my family keeps growing bigger and bigger.
tag someone you’ve added to your family. 😌❤️
What are you afraid of letting go of?
The things we hold onto, we hold onto for a reason. Either because we don’t want to let go, or we don’t know how to, or because letting go means acknowledging they’re there in the first place.
What are you holding on to? Does thinking about it hurt? Does thinking about it feel like healing? Try breathing about it. What does that feel like?
It’s okay to be all the things. Be strong and soft. Be tender and steadfast. Be courageous and curious. Be angry when it matters and loving always. Feel joy. It doesn’t all have to be heavy. Feel sadness. It doesn’t all have to be light. Don’t be afraid of the darkness. Don’t ever convince yourself the light is for someone else, or some other version of you, if you just adjust or change one more thing. It’s all you. It’s all for you.
P.S. that’s a lil flower in my mouth in the 4th photo 🌸
Self care day. Necessary.
What does a self care day / moment look like for you? It definitely doesn’t always look like prancing around on a beach. It often looks like snuggling on a couch watching shows, or reading, or taking the time to wash my hair and care for my skin, playing video games, indulging in some takeout food instead of cooking, etc. What’s something you do for yourself that makes you feel cared for? ❤️
P.S. Saw a little pod of 3 dolphins all swimming together 🐬🐬🐬
swim by @lali_and_layla_swimwear#selfcaresunday