Time spent in self reflection is never wasted. It is an intimate date with yourself.” Paul TP Wong

The past few weeks have been a time of quiet contemplation.

Alone time. Photo courtesy Seals by Sea Tours

Although I’ve been busy writing for a number of magazines things have been otherwise quiet. I’ve had some ups but also a lot of stress that’s taken up much of my energy.

The huge bike fall I had back in September has also taken its toll. Last week, after many tests on my thumb, it was confirmed I will soon need surgery on my hand.

Torn and severed ligaments, a fracture and lasting damage equals a weak hand, which means I can’t ride in the Great Vic Bike Ride planned in late November.

I won’t pretend I’m not disappointed. I’d been training hard and looking forward to the challenge.

But shit happens. Life takes unexpected turns, and I’m not just talking about the bike ride and my hand.

I’m a big believer that things happen for a reason even when, for the life of me, I can’t figure out what they are. Lately I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and self reflecting.

Some days fear, confusion and negativity shifts into the mix.

However, I’m determined to part the curtain on those dark brooding, uncertain clouds.

Without rain nothing grows. Learn to embrace the storms in your life.”

So here’s what I intend to do:

Go find some nature

Sit in quiet reflection

Take some deep breaths

Lower my shoulders

Relax the jaw

Tune into my body

Keep my face to the sun

Pause and be grateful

Connect to the moment

And accept what is.

When times get tough and life throws us curve balls, we often forget a simple truth … to still the mind. That’s when we can find the strength within, when answers start to appear and the clarity comes.

And peace returns.

Reflection is a gift for the spirit. It allows us a deeper understanding of who we are and gives us a chance to discover and create ourself all over again.

Sometimes we have to let go of our old way of thinking. We have to trust the process and believe that everything is unfolding, just as it should be.

So now I’m off to take my own advice.

Have a good week ahead, trust in your truth and enjoy the journey.

In light and love.

In response to TPC: Reflection

Keep your chin up. Pic courtesy of Seals by Sea Tour

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