#LetGo: Why we need to SLOW the F*%$ down

This beautifully heartwrenching and honest video out of the UK is attempting to bring awareness to the hectic lives that are slipping between our fingers as modern, capable women. “We can do it ALL” is our mantra these days. But are we spreading ourselves too thin? As “yogis,” mindfullness, awareness, embodied experience- all words that are a part of our vocabulary, but are we actually implementing the concepts?

As I lay on my own couch, foot in the air wrapped in ice and completely stopped in my tracks with a ferocious ankle sprain, I am realizing that this is the stillest, calmest, and most quietly attentive I have been in, oh, three years? The birth of my babies always settled me into the quiet, but it has been since my youngest that I have been on the run.

Nonstop.

Moving countries, moving house, changing schools, visiting family, newness-rawness-vulnerability. Failure. Resilience. Heartache.

I am this witness to the chaos of my own life. But am I really paying attention?

This is why meditation is such an antidote. The remedy, really.

I know that I am not alone in this feeling of watching it all go by.

These are days you’ll remember

Never before and never since, I promise
will the whole world be warm as this
and as you feel it, you’ll know it’s true
that you are blessed and lucky
it’s true, that you are touched by something
that will grow and bloom in you

These are days you’ll remember

When May is rushing over you with desire
to be part of the miracles you see in every hour
you’ll know it’s true, that you are blessed and lucky
it’s true, that you are touched by something
that will grow and bloom in you

These are the days
that you might fill with laughter
until you break

These days you might feel a shaft of light
make its way across your face
and when you do
you’ll know how it was meant to be
see the signs and know their meaning

You’ll know how it was meant to be
hear the signs and
know they’re speaking to you
to you

-Natalie Merchant, 1992

Check out this video to see an intersting perspective of what happens when time has passed and we are looking back at moments that we never thought would end. And wake up.

I mean it. WAKE UP, Natalie.

~Natalie

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