The message is loud and clear – CHANGE IS HAPPENING.

Time may change me
But you can’t trace time

David Bowie

In LA, traffic is almost back to normal… I checked after going out in rush hour today to get my son a Covid test before going back to school. I thought, where did all this traffic come from? Aren’t people still staying at home? Nope. They are out. People are feeling freer to move about since the vaccine rollout. The first sign of change – traffic.

It made me think, “do we want to go back to the way things used to be?

I feel like, for me, in some way yes, in some ways no. I still have to think a little more deeply about it. For example, I like not driving as much, and riding my bike and walking around my neighborhood more.

We are not out of the woods yet (people are still getting sick, actually many areas, including LA, are seeing an uptick in Covid cases again), but maybe you want to start thinking about what changes from the pandemic you want to keep, what you want to bring back from pre-pandemic times, and what new habits you want to create.

I’ve heard from many sources* lately that an adverse event (AKA trauma AKA the last year in a pandemic) can bring about positive growth. This might be hard to fathom right now. But, take some time to reflect on what you’ve gained from going through this last year. Maybe you are stronger, more resilient, more sensitive to others, more compassionate, more… what?

I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating, as you ease back into being out in the world, treat yourself with kindness. Show yourself a little grace and compassion. Dip your toes into each new moment, new day, new adventure. Don’t worry about rushing back to the old ways. Listen to yourself and carve out a new path for yourself that feels good to you.

Also, may I suggest trying something new… LAUGHING FOR NO REASON. One thing I learned as part of my Trauma Informed Yoga training was that laughter can bring about a whole mood shift and bring you to a brighter place. Yes, that is laughing for no reason. I was reminded of this the other day and tried it out. I laughed and laughed and it was so freeing. I felt so joyful afterwards, and that feeling stuck with me for the rest of the day.

Give laughing a try (yes, even if, maybe ESPECIALLY if, you don’t feel like it). Start with a smile, start laughing, and laugh from your belly.

*Many sources are: Lisa Danylchuk in Yoga for Trauma Recovery, Dr. James Gordon in Transforming Trauma, and Dr. Michael Wilkes in an interview with KCRW.

May you have peace within,

Julia anjali mudra hands

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