Spring cleaning for the soul
Life audit (n., origin unknown): An exercise in self-reflection that helps you clear the cobwebs of noisy, external goals and current distractions, and revisit or uncover the real themes and core values that drive and inspire you. Also known as: spring-cleaning for the soul.*
The Yoga Hive recently launched a life audit project, encouraging yogis and area residents to reflect on their values, goals, and aspirations. The concept is simple. Reflect on a wish or goal, and then jot it down on a post-it. The Yoga Hive will then hang it in the window of the former Quiet Storm at 5430 Penn Ave. You can bring it with you to yoga, which provides a great space for quieting the noise, or simply comment to this post and we’ll get it on that wall!
Owner Kimberly Musial sees the project as a way to encourage awareness, intentionality, and fulfillment. I see the project as a form of taking stock at a personal level and then speaking it into the world. “Speaking it into existence” isn’t a new concept, but it continues to be a powerful one.
It’s powerful for two reasons. First, you verbalize what you want and may feel compelled to follow through. But the amazing, perhaps unanticipated, outcome is that there’s a community of people who are aware of your intentions and are rooting for you. (See my blog, “Before I die I want to…” for more on speaking it into existence.)
I went over to the space the other night and read some of the notes:
Permit my creative energy to be unleashed
Live in the present moment
Be debt free in less than five years
Cease using buying things as therapy – use yoga
To be mentally and physically fit by the time I reach my 80’s
I want to love what I do in life
Whoever you are and wherever you are in your journey, we are with you on this.
And now, on to my own intention – one that is scary to press the “go” button on. I want to host a retreat in the Allegheny National Forest next summer built around the synchronous fireflies. They light up in synchrony for about three weeks each summer and are found in only a few spots around the U.S., including in the national forest.
I want to take a group there to share in the wonder. We’ll watch fireflies by night and explore topics like synchronicity, connection, and possibilities by day. I’ll offer one-on-one coaching, and there will be time for enjoying the area on your own terms. So there’s my intention, soon to be on the glass looking out onto Penn Ave.
*Life Audit definition found in a story from medium.com. Read the full story as well as more on how to conduct an extensive, personal life audit here.