Winter is a great time of year to look back on the past year so we can effectively let go of the old and bring in the new. As we enter the darker months and the year draws to a close, there is a powerful opportunity to focus on proper reflection. Talya and Cate discuss their strategies for reflecting on successes, failures, and all that comes in between. Often we find ourselves stuck reflecting on negatives that don’t allow us to focus on what is going good. Attention must be paid to ensuring a balance between identifying things that went well in addition to what did not work so well. While it is critical to learn from our mistakes, it important to also take note of our progress. This way, when we go to manifest ideas and goals in our lives, we can better use our reflections in instituting change.
Another great thing to reflect on is our habit evolution. It is natural for the regularity of our habit commitments to change over time, and reflecting on this can teach us a lot about what is working and what is not. Cate and Talya discuss their different methods of written reflections that allow them to form more coherent thoughts. Whether it be in the form of organized lists or the simple flow of words on paper, writing down what is on our mind can really aid in the act of reflection.
What you’ll get out of tuning in:
- How to do written reflections
- Why reflection pairs naturally with the manifestation
- Why reflection is so powerful at the end of the year
Links Mentioned in the Episode:
2:45 – Talya discusses the impact of her past year’s focus on the word “commitment.” While she found that it motivated her, she also reflected on how she could have applied the idea to other areas of her life in order to have a better impact.
7:20 – We are all wired into a cycle of both reflection and manifestation. However, if we only use manifestation without reflection, we cannot digest those lessons learned, which causes us to be out of balance.
14:00 – One way to improve the negative impacts of holiday food is to provide balance through adding in herbal teas or powerful herbs in order to aid digestions and balance in the diet.
15:15 – Cate discusses her wavering meditation habit. She emphasizes the benefit of reflecting on what is working for her and the changes she observes depending on her commitment impact her life.
20:55 – Talya encourages utilizing morning pages in our morning routines. This involves at some point in the morning writing three full pages of whatever your mind conjures. It is great for emotional healing and having such tools can hold you in place long enough to have some kind of presence or experience with yourself.
28:45 – Talya explains the word she has chosen to play with for the new year, and why. By directing our focus based on our reflections, it helps us to turn a new page.
38:25 – There is a serious power in deep reflection and deep digestion. These processes allow us to realize our assets and how they plug-in with strengths and weakness that themselves plug-in to meet our obstacles head-on.
Your Favorite Quotes:
- “I’m committed also to feel good and being happy and joyful and knowing when it’s time to let go.” – Talya Lutzker
- “We are wired into a cycle of reflection and manifestation.” – Cate Stillman
- “We don’t know what we don’t know.” – Talya Lutzker
- “This is where I didn’t show up as a visionary, this is where I didn’t show up as a leader, this is where I showed up wanting someone to do it for me.” – Talya Lutzker
Talya Lutzker is founder of Talya’s Kitchen – an Ayurvedic kitchen about so much more than food; it’s a place to drink up deep nourishment for the heart and soul of who you are. Talya helps women reclaim their radiance through food, nutrition, Ayurveda and self-care.
She found her passion and purpose in Ayurveda when she turned to it for her own healing in 2001. Since then, she’s authored three cookbooks, founded the RAD Cleanse (Radiance Ayurveda Detox) and opened doors to Nourishment School. Connect with Talya on her website, Facebook and Instagram.