Happy New Year! Looking out the window of the studio, the snow is covering Kelowna and the last of the day’s sun is stretching out through the clouds. We are so grateful for a new year full of endless potential. There are a lot of exciting things coming in 2018 and we can’t wait to share them with you.
At Solstice, 2018 is the Year of Radical Self-Acceptance. We believe that who you are, in this moment, is enough. Radical self-acceptance is a fundamental awareness of both our strengths and weaknesses, accepting our bodies, minds, and hearts, protecting ourselves from negative criticism, and believing deeply in our capacities. When we approach ourselves from this place we feel our unique worth.
Each month of 2018 we will be focusing on a different theme to support the cultivation of radical self-acceptance. We will be sharing what we’re reading and offering a special event or workshop to enhance the theme and offer an opportunity for deeper exploration.
January is the month of MINDFULNESS. Mindfulness is the practice of bringing attention to our present experiences…thoughts, emotions, and sensations and approaching them nonjudgmentally. Observing our emotions as they arise can lower the brain’s emotional response to anxiety and distress. It effectively “calms down” the amygdala (Harvard Health Publishing).
For the month of January, we’re reading Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn. From the book: “mindfulness…is a willingness to look deeply at one’s present moments, no matter what they hold, in a spirit of generosity, kindness toward oneself, and openness toward what might be possible.” You are welcome to read along with us and can pick up the book in the studio.
As our gift to you, we will be offering all of our Unwind classes for free from January 29th – February 2nd.
Who you are in this moment is enough. And the next moment, and the next, and the one after that. It’s okay to love both who you are and who you are becoming. See you at the studio.