As summer slips into August and the season slows to a more leisurely rhythm, I am turning my thoughts toward becoming more grounded in the weeks ahead. I treasure these days of Summer, when anything feels possible but I also welcome the opportunity to set my intentions for the last days of August, when I can stand a bit more firmly rooted, ready to embrace my inner strength and focus that the pending autumn will require. Here are five of my favorite tips for standing in strength ahead of the season of change. I hope you’ll find them as empowering and uplifting as I do!
1. Find Strength in Sisterhood
Making time for girlfriends is a crucial part of what helps me feel strong. There is a magical thing that happens when women gather—a power unlike anything I’ve experienced. We recharge each other, we honor each other, we lift each other up. We women have a beautiful ability to express ourselves, which I find healing; being heard and seen without judgment, without turning away, without needing to “fix” things—there is medicine in that. Women show up and hold space for each other, and they do so fearlessly.
Satya and her best friend Gurmukh
2. Create a Morning Ritual
Creating a ritual of any kind can help you stand in your strength, but I especially love having a morning ritual to set the tone for each day. My daily practice includes lighting a candle, taking a few moments to tap into the source, inhaling a few slow breaths and honoring that divine spirit within me. This kicks off my day in a centered, positive way—and anytime I can tune in to my faith and honor myself simultaneously, I feel empowered to take on whatever lies ahead.
3. Take To the Mat
Yoga is an essential part of how I feel strong—physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. I roll out my mat every morning and do some downward dogs to get my energy flowing. This brings me into my body and reminds me of my strength! Yoga is all about internal strength; when you breathe from your naval, you align yourself and you’re ready to go! Remember, your solar plexus chakra is really the core of who you are. Yoga helps to strengthen that subtly, but also so powerfully.
4. Gather, Commune, Connect
Gathering is an incredibly powerful—and these days, often overlooked—practice that helps strengthen all of those who come together. When we gather with each other, whether with friends or family or new acquaintances, we share our common humanity. We connect. We create community. So often, we spend our days plugged in to our computers, phones; it’s so easy to send a text instead of meeting face to face or actually calling someone on the phone! I find time spent in company of others a true and precious gift. Gathering is a beautiful way to feel uplifted, strong and empowered!
5. Choose Meaningful Jewelry
When I had my twins, I was draped in black onyx. I didn’t even realize why at the time—it was just what I reached for, what I was drawn to wearing. Only when I had some distance—and sleep!—did I realize that of course I wore black onyx; it is the gemstone of endurance and strength! Wearing it all the time helped me ride the waves that early motherhood brings. These days, “Don’t leave home without a mala!” is something you’ll hear me say repeatedly. These ancient prayer necklaces can be used in meditation or can be worn as a totem to help keep you grounded and remind you to breathe; I love touching mine and feeling the healing power of the gemstones.
Jewelry serves as an important reminder of what drew you to it and what you need in your life. It can also be so fun to mark an occasion with jewelry and have it take you back to a beautiful memory. I’ve held “gathering of great souls” parties and for one of them, Gurmukh and I gave everyone friendship bracelets as a parting gift. Now we all have this beautiful token to remind us of the magic of that night.
With love and blessings,