“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.” 💛 Over the last year, I have experienced my fair share of challenges. At first, I kept my stride, committed to taking care of others (instead of myself) and staying busy to avoid feeling what was happening around me. When I finally took the time (or rather when the Universe conspired to help me slow down), I couldn’t tolerate the experiences I had gone through and I began to feel uneasy, anxious and fearful. My nervous system was significantly activated and out of whack. And so, I fell apart. Literally. Both physically and emotionally and I felt so incredibly low that I worried I’d never find a way out. That’s when I turned to yoga nidra, a meditative practice of awakening designed to slow down the mind and body, and achieve self-realization. Over the past few months, I’ve remained consistent with these teachings, progressing through the varying stages of consciousness. During this time I have come to recognize the beauty of living in both sunlight and darkness. There’s truth there and extraordinary healing power. As I continue this practice, which is now an important part of my daily routine, I am learning how to drop into my body. Making that drop from my head to my heart, while also accepting my limitations and finding gratitude for each experience. My struggles have prepared me for what comes next. How I chose to take care of myself during and after have lead me here, to the freedom of this moment.