Well. Here we are. 2022.
As many of you know, for the bulk of 2021, I was walking the path of cancer diagnosis, chemotherapy, and endless doctor appointments. The challenges of this journey were compounded by my daughter leaving for college and the final closing of our Breathe Yoga and Wellness studios in October.
Though I have transitioned from active treatment into cancer survivorship, I’m still navigating challenges in my physical body. I’ve also been swimming through some mental fog (otherwise known as “chemo brain”) that creates slower processing and reflecting times. My natural impulse is to move faster than both my body and mind are allowing right now while I strive to regain my previous state of multi-layered, multi-dimensional thinking and movement.
And then I am reminded to practice what I teach: gentleness and slow, restorative movement to heal the body and nervous system. To help myself remember this intention, I’ve chosen the word Begin to anchor my year. So as I wait for whatever might be rising next, I’m returning to Beginner’s Mind in my yoga practice, my teaching, my writing, and my way of being in the world.
“The times are urgent; let us slow down.”