I recently attended the Release and Receive workshop hosted by Cassidy of Radiate Happy (http://radiatehappy.com/) at lululemon Toronto's The Attic. I hummed and hawed about going… I don't really know why. Fear perhaps? But I had made a commitment to myself a few months ago to get more connected to the wellness community here in Toronto by just saying YES and attending as many of these events as I could. So I was scrolling through Instagram on Friday night, as one does, thinking to myself that I would just wake up in the morning and decide then, when I came across Radiate Happy's feed - there were only four tickets left.
Worked like a charm. I bought a ticket right there and then because FOMO kicked in hard and I definitely didn't want to miss out! Most importantly I wanted to show up for myself. And am I ever glad I did.
I woke up early Saturday morning and the sun was shining bright. Perfect setup. It was hot and humid and I really wanted to get outside. So off I went, heading down Queen Street West towards the gorgeous building that houses The Attic. Such a vibrant yet serene place, right in the middle of the city. The windows are stained glass, which allows this beautiful rainbow of colours to bathe you as you sit in the communal space.
Release and Receive. We set intentions - mine was to let go of everything that no longer serves me and invite in more positivity and high vibe energy as we transition into the fall. We then did a meditation to Release, using sound therapy and essential oils to get grounded and raise our vibration. It was transformative.
Following some tapping (or Emotional Freedom Technique "EFT") to forgive ourselves and support ourselves as we let go, we wrote letters to ourselves of everything we wanted to let go off. Cassidy would then take these and burn them for us in a burning bowl ceremony, changing the energy of our written words and thoughts, allowing it to re-enter the earth in a different form. Powerful.
After a bit of movement to shake it all out, we sat in another meditation to Receive. I have to say it was at this point that I really started to feel the shift. I was overcome with a sense of sadness and couldn't help but cry. As tears streamed down my face I could feel everything that had been holding me back leave my body and transform into something new. I was afraid and a little bummed out, but I was also hopeful and grateful for the guidance from Cassidy and the Universe.
Finally we did some vision boarding, my first time ever! It was so fun and felt like a great way to bring the two themes of the day together - releasing and receiving. I only got part way done my board, but I plan on finishing at home and then putting it up on my wall to remind myself every day that everything I want in life is mine for the taking… one step at a time.
I've been on a quest for some time now, trying to figure out exactly where I'm supposed to be… This process helped me get even more grounded in the fact that I'm exactly where I need to be, and that so long as I take small, spiritually aligned actions towards what lights me up, everything will be ok and I will get there.