There was a time where I quite literally took everything to heart. The good, the bad, and the ugly - these things hung on me for YEARS. Eventually, my heart became too full (and not in a good way).
With so much weight and fullness in my heart, there was no space. It felt like I was suffocating. It started to take a toll on me. I retreated from my support systems, thinking "no one will understand this weight." I was confused and so very sad.
Wildly searching for relief, I found a haven in the beautiful Yoga Studio on Comm Ave. CorePower, my first yoga home. It was there that I began spring cleaning my heart.
We spend so much time cleaning our external spaces - houses, cars, offices. It needs to get done, so we do it. It's a necessary part of our daily life, with larger cleaning projects weekly, monthly, yearly.
But what about cleaning our internal spaces? There are things that cling on to our hearts that we keep around FOREVER. Things that, by this time, we definitely should've Marie Kondo'ed! This cleaning is what I began doing that first day I walked into CorePower. In yogic tradition, this cleaning is called Saucha.
With Saucha, we seek purity and cleanliness in our lives. It helps us get rid of the old and welcome the new. It requires us to take the same care with ourselves as we do with our places of living.
Ok, cool. But how do we do this? We don't feel like it. We don't know how, etc. etc. etc.
As with everything, it's about creating that space. Find the quiet time to feel the weight of your heart. To ask yourself truly, do I need this? Is what I'm doing fueling me, or draining me? How can I become cleaner, lighter, happier? Your heart will eventually tell you what it needs and what it doesn't, but it's super quiet so you have to listen in silence.
In the month of July, we'll focus on spring cleaning our hearts and minds. We'll kick it off together on Monday with our Meditation, Yoga, & Journaling Workshop. All three are great ways to listen to our heart. I'm excited for what lies ahead of us this month!