Springing Ahead

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“Every one of us is trying to find our true home. Some of us are still searching. Our true home is inside, but it’s also in our loved ones around us.” -Thich Nhat Hanh

This past weekend we set our clocks ahead, yet the New England weather tricked us into thinking it was still the dead of winter.  Fortunately, despite warnings of Winter Storm Stella approaching, spring IS just a week away; and with that, my heart is full.

I have spent the winter mostly in solitude- adjusting to a new city, new home, new career, new friends and a new journey in health, mindfulness and spirituality.  I have spent the past three months doing a lot of thinking, writing, and reflecting, but for the first time, I finally feel as I can sit still.

After three months of racing around, I am finally learning one thing: to stop and let yourself flow with the energy of the universe.

A few special people have entered my life recently; some new, some old.  These friends are reminders of all the love in my life, and even when my own thoughts get in the way of my happiness, they remind me that I am not alone.  These people always come into my life at the perfect time- usually when I am feeling unlovable, confused or disconnected with my spirituality.

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Photo thanks to my dear friend The Daily Savant. We are always in sync!

I recently realized that I have been blocking my heart from love, both romantically and in general.  Through the years I have questioned myself and my value to the world due to past pains, negative words and heartbreak, but it’s always the practice of spirituality and allowing love in that brings me back to life.

I received a little hug from the universe on Saturday when a friend and fellow fashion blogger sent me a photo right after I shared my Thich Nhat Hanh book on Instagram.  The photo I posted was “How to Love” and hers was “How to Walk.” Throughout the weekend we sent each other photos, completing the four-book collection during our shopping and coffee shop trips.  Although we are miles away, it’s a wonderful feeling when someone is on the same wavelength as you; this was the first of many signs I picked up over the weekend.  We are both nomads, always seeking adventure, so I believe the universe was sending both of us a message- but now, we can listen together.

Despite Winter Storm Stella, I feel the rebirth of spring; and this season, I will do my best to love with all of my heart- and that includes radically loving myself.

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