There's been one word that's been popping up for me lately: Support. One definition of support is to bear all or part of the weight of; hold up. I've been reflecting on what this word means to me. In certain areas of life I feel extremely supported and in other areas I feel that there could be more support. Support can show up in many ways in our life and can come from many different people and things. We can use a block, blanket, or bolster to support us in our yoga practice. We can use technology to support us in waking up on time. We can receive support from trusted friends and family to lend an ear or to speak an encouraging word.
There may be times in our lives when we know we need some level of support but can't pinpoint what would help relieve the challenges we are faced with. I can relate to this. I have a tendency to lean towards being a people pleaser. I remember growing up, that I hated 'bothering' people by asking for help. The challenge with being a people pleaser is that we don't always know how we feel or what we need because we are so focused on those around us. It can be frustrating to navigate through, in order to get to the root of what we need.
Lately I've been making forward progress on changing my website. I've been working on it all by myself and getting super overwhelmed though as I work through the new design. I finally realized that there is no need to be stressing this much when I have friends in my life who are willing to help. I was able to pinpoint what areas I needed the most support on and so I put my big girl pants on and asked. And what an incredible feeling it was to ask, to have an enthusiastic yes, to have another eye on my new creation, and to have a new perspective to help me stay focused and complete the task at hand. Guess what else happened? It blessed my friend to. It lifted her spirits to be able to help and to have her opinion valued. When we ask for support from others we not only are blessed when they agree to help, but they receive blessings in return.
Is there an area of your life where you need to be courageous and ask for support from someone. Can you be specific in how you need their help? Is there something they would need from you so they could fully show up to support you in exactly the way you need them? Or maybe you need to be the one who supports yourself by carving out time for self-care.
Whatever level of support you find yourself needing this week - grabbing a block in a yoga class, taking five minutes for a breathing meditation, or asking a loved one for help - know that it takes courage and vulnerability to take those steps. Applaud yourself for stepping outside of your comfort zone or for being able to gain clarity on what you might need. Know that I'm always here to help you navigate through your challenges as well. Private sessions are such a personal and perfect way to customize exactly what you need. All you have to do is ask. :)