As the hot summer gives way to a cooler season all over the country, we too can opt for something new to rejuvenate ourselves, says SHAKTI DURGA

I hope that you are enjoying the beautiful weather at this time of the year, when it is neither too hot, nor too cold. Our homes are drenched in warm sunlight during the day when the birds are noisy with their songs of love and happiness. In the evenings, a cool breeze blows. 

Each cycle of the year brings us new energy and new opportunity to reflect and rebalance our lives. Unfortunately, many people never want to change, preferring to live in ‘groundhog day’ a term made famous by a movie of the same name. What happens in the movie is that through some loop in time, the same day keeps repeating itself again and again and again.

If your life sometimes feels like groundhog day, don’t despair. Here is what you can do:

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Try something new. Since my university days, I have made a point of doing something really different to what I normally do, each year. The diversity of where this has taken me is quite amazing. And, that’s the whole point. We tend to stick to what we know, and do more of that because it feels safe and familiar. That’s our comfort zone. 

But, your soul loves to learn. It loves variety and you will benefit from adapting, making time for something new and pursuing things that your curiosity leads you towards.

Over the years, my own list has included having a go at so many different things ranging from learning yoga, stretch knit sewing, playing squash, learning snow skiing, wine appreciation, knitting, meditation, various cooking styles, shadow work, vegetable gardening, experiencing counselling, home painting and renovation, being a mum, sailing yachts, getting my maritime license to skipper small boats, learning teaching skills, counselling skills, crystal dreaming, reiki, pranic healing, travel to new places, starting a PhD in education, then giving that up to start Harmony Centers, singing lessons, mantra, puja, playing the harp, learning about writing books….and so on. Just by looking at this long list, you can tell that I must be getting really old. There are so many more things that I have right now forgotten.

During this time of Covid when our usual ways of passing time are curtailed, you can feel restricted or you can turn it into an opportunity to broaden your awareness, learn new skills, practice something new and enrich your life.

Normally, I would give a new thing at least eight weeks. Some things stick, and some don’t. It doesn’t really matter. It’s about the experience, to know that you are entering into the richness of life and allowing your self-expression some air time. When we don’t do this, we can feel small, separate, disconnected and discontented. Who wants that? Avail yourself of the incredible resource of the internet, online and youtube classes which are available even when we are locked down. Light up your world and choose to find joy wherever you are, whatever you are doing.

Shakti Durga is a leading international teacher of spiritual transformation. Her teachings inspire, elevate and offer practical, humorous and deeply insightful ways to navigate the human experience. She uses ancient wisdom tools to solve modern problems and help enlighten consciousness. She is the founder of Shanti Mission (Peace Mission), with its head office in Australia.

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