Checking in with yourself…

 In consciousness, meditation, mindfulness

I originally put this post together for the holiday season, but checking in with yourself is a valuable exercise to do whenever you’re feeling disconnected, ungrounded or in the midst of chaos.  Creating that firm knowledge base about your current state of mind is a very powerful act of reunion with your first chakra and can re-establish your foundation (the first chakra is all about your “right to exist”).

Today, spend 5 minutes checking in with yourself.  Take a walk around the Wheel of Life and see how you’re feeling in each area:

Traditionally, you rank each area on a scale of 1-10.

1 being “I’m not loving where I’m at here”

10 being “This area feels pretty amazing right now”.

  • Career/Profession
  • Finances
  • Health & Wellness/Aging
  • Family and Parenting
  • Social Relationships
  • Intimate Relationships
  • Spirituality
  • Fun & Enjoyment

Taking a moment to consciously check in on each area is a great way to feel more grounded and intentional any time of year.  When you get to Health, check in with your body and see what it needs.  You might notice that your Pepcid consumption has increased or that your skin is feeling dry.   We tend to crave different kinds of food during different seasons.  Getting in tune with what your body needs to feel nourished can created a powerful shift in how you feel physically.  

When you get to Finances, spend a few minutes mapping out your spending for the upcoming season.  Are there extra celebrations this year or a bonus trip that you need to factor in?  In the Spring & Summer, this can be planning for wedding season and upcoming vacations.  In December, you can ask yourself questions like: Did you have a successful Black Friday, so you can give yourself permission to stop shopping for presents?  Or are there extra people to buy for this year and have they been added to the budget?

Health & Finances are the two areas that tend to have the biggest backlash reaction in January.  That backlash can arrive laden with guilt and shame and frustration (as opposed to the milk, cookies and great deals it was connected with in December).  This makes starting the new year on a high note more challenging.  

Interestingly, Career frustrations tend to pop up more in March and in October.

Once you’ve done this exercise, spend a little time in meditation.  Meditation is my favorite way to create space to listen to myself and to process all that’s happened over the past week.  If you find meditation difficult or scary, doing a simple body scan can be a great way to start.  Begin with bringing your attention to your big toes and then slowly move your attention up your body, checking in with each area, and ending with the top of your head.  Notice, but don’t judge, how you’re feeling as you do this.  

You can also get a free, 4-minute meditation here. 

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