Find Your Special Moment and Embrace It favorite_border

Yoga Girl Daily - May 15th 2020

Author: Rachel Brathen

Topics: Self-Love, Feel-Good Friday

Links: Apple Podcasts / Spotify

About the Episode

As the saying goes, it is usually the simple things in life that mean the most.

Today we are going to take a simple self-care practice and turn it into a special moment that really means something - but what does a special moment look like to you?

Tune in as Rachel shares the moments that are most sacred to her, and how you can turn your little moments of joy into a ritual to cultivate pure and simple happiness.


[00:04] Welcome to Yoga Girl Daily and happy Friday, everybody! It's Friday finally, we're about to head into the weekend. I am really excited about today. I have a shaking class I'm going to do today. If you want to join, most Fridays, a lot of Fridays, we do a shaking meditation on which is just a beautiful way to transition from the week into the weekend. Today for our feel-good practice, I want to do something special, so this is something, a little practice that I have that for me is so normal, I don't even really consider it a practice and maybe this is something that you do often for yourself as well, but I want to have a dedicated time set today to give yourself what I like to call a special moment. Now, a special moment can be so many different things for each of us.

[00:57] It can be something that looks a little different every day. So I'm going to give you a really good example of what a special moment usually looks like for me. So say I've had kind of a busy day, which you know, most days normally are in a sense, and my husband decides he's going to go take my daughter to run an errand or they're going to go to the beach or they're going to do something together. And suddenly I find myself with unexpected alone time, right? Which doesn't always happen. Sometimes I have to really orchestrate it and kind of ask my family to go do something else or you know, leave the house a little bit so I can have a couple of moments to myself, which is also okay. But sometimes it happens organically and I love that. And then what I'll do is I'll brew myself a really big nice cup of tea and I have like a special kind of tea that I don't have so much of that I can get here where I live.

[01:45] So I use it for special moments. You know what I mean? Like we all have something special that we like to treat ourselves to sometimes. Maybe it's like a, an elaborate cup of something. I used to make macha lattes, which is also really delicious and it's just takes time to make it, you have to whip the macha and whisk it and then you have to foam the milk in this, you know, it's like more of a treat, not something that you would do several times a day or every single day. So, I'll brew myself like a really nice cup of tea or whatever it is that I want in that moment. And then I'll look in the fridge and I'll see like, Hmm, like what do I have available? Maybe there's like some really good delicious fruits or I have a ripe papaya in the fridge right now that I'm really excited to squeeze some lime over.

[02:25] You know, maybe I have something else, I have something sweet or I have some crackers and some vegan cheese. I just make myself a little plate, just a little plate of whatever's available that I know I really enjoy. And then I grab a book that I'm currently into. I'm making this sound so elaborate and complicated. Obviously it's not, but you see what I'm getting at. And then I take the dogs and I go outside and I sit on the patio all alone, no phone, no electronics, no to-do list, no people, right? And then I take a moment, like I really take a moment to enjoy this special moment, which means before I kind of dive in and I drink my tea and open my book, I just lay it out on the little table in front of me and I just look out at the view that I have for my patio.

[03:13] I see the sky and I take a deep, deep breath and usually I just sit there smiling because I love these kinds of special unexpected or planned moments so much. And it's almost like the anticipation before I dive in, you know? And I eat my goodies and I drink my tea and I read a chapter of this delicious book that I'm reading. It's like the moment before when I'm just savoring the fact that I have the space for myself, that's what makes it so special. So it's not just grabbing a cup of tea and opening a book. Right. You can do that at any time hopefully, but it's taking a few moments to make it more of a ritual, right? Make it a little more special perhaps for you, you know, if it's in the evening or something, you like candle, you maybe light some incense, you put on some music that you really love.

[04:01] Maybe it's not even a book and a cup of tea, right? It's something else. Like you go outside and you sit in the garden and you meditate or you give yourself undisturbed time to draw or doodle or something that you know is like a treat for you, but you make it into a ritual so that you can really have that special moment. I get so excited about this because for me it really is the little things that are the big things in life and having that like 30 minutes to myself with that, you know, like papaya and a cup of tea and a book. It's so beautiful, but it's beautiful because I make it intentful right? I make it mindful; I make it mean something, and that's exactly what I want you to do today. So give yourself just 20 minutes, 30 minutes to have a really special moment.

[04:47] Treat yourself in a small way, right? Not something extravagant or crazy, just something small and regular, but it's still a treat and it's a special, special moment just for you. Do that today. And trust me when I say that, the feel-good level of this Friday is just going to elevate and hopefully you can ride that feel-good wave all weekend long. Thank you so much for taking the time for listening to me share my very intimate special moments with you. I hope you have a really special weekend. Yoga Girl Daily will be back on Monday.

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