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Making Space 2022: December 17

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Once again, Martha has time-travelled to inspire me for today’s post.

On December 17, 2020, Martha’s advice was to Try Something New and she wanted to encourage us to get out of any ruts we might be in, to have small adventures, or explore new ideas. Trying new things can energize us and help us have more fun in our day to day.

I’d like to add that trying new things, mixing things up a bit, can also keep the days from running into one another, from feeling like our lives are just the same thing over and over.

Doing the things that she suggests in her post give us the sort of small novel experiences that help slow down time a little and help us feel grounded in our moments and in our days.

(A few weeks ago, I listened to Laura Vanderkam touch on a lot of similar topics in this episode of the Beyond the To Do List podcast hosted by Erik Fisher, if you are interested in thinking about how you spend your time and how your time feels, I highly recommend it!)

In that spirit, here is a dance workout you may not have tried yet and a slightly different kind of meditation video to explore.

Whether you try these or take another way to make space (and time!) in your day, I wish you ease and self-kindness.

Please be good to you. 💚⭐

I thought this Bollywood Dance Workout from the Hanisha G YouTube channel was pretty fun and I thought it might be new to at least some of you (trying to find something new to everyone would be an impossible task!) The still image shows the two instructors (Emi Wong and Hanisha G) standing in front of a brick wall and smiling while they both reach their right hands towards their right heels (which are lifted up toward the backs of their bodies.)

This video is not a ‘breathe and focus’ meditation but it is a kind of ‘meditation on change’ and I really liked it so I thought you might, too. Perhaps you could try sitting still or lying down and just breathing softly and slowly while you listen.

This video from the Headspace YouTube channel is called ‘Trouble Accepting Change? Look to Nature: Color Carousel.’ and the still image has a blue background and shows text reading ‘Accepting Change Through Color’ on the upper left and on the right is a cartoon drawing of a pair of googly eyes with a rainbow extending above them almost like hair.

About Making Space 2022

In December 2020, Fit is a Feminist Issue blogger Martha created a tradition – a series of reminder posts to take good care of ourselves during this last month of the year when it is far too easy to get swept up in your to do list, no matter what you are celebrating or not celebrating. Last year, it was my turn and after an introductory Go Team post called Give Yourself Some Space, I created a series of reminders called ‘Making Space‘ that offered a suggested short exercise video and a suggested meditation in case you needed an easy way to find space for yourself in your schedule.

For 2022, I’ll be doing the same thing but I’ll also be including a link to Martha’s post from the same date in 2020 and I’ll offer a few extra ideas for relaxation, creativity, and self-kindness here and there.

These posts are not about insisting that you do more, more, more during this busy season. Instead, I want to encourage you to remember that there IS a *YOU* who is doing all of the things and you are worth taking good care of.

Perhaps the things I suggest aren’t what you need in the moment. That’s totally ok. Perhaps you can use something else to create some space, something that will help you feel more relaxed or more in charge of your day.

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