Our life has both an inner and outer landscape. Our inner landscape refers to our soul, mind, and emotions. It is how we see ourselves and forms the lens of how we perceive the world. We live in an outer landscape – the world outside of us which we bump into every waking, and non-waking, moment.
Change and healing can start from either direction.
Sometimes, we do the very physical act of cleaning out a closet only to see ripples of new beginnings as a result of spiritual, emotional, and mental space opening up in our life. We plant a garden and see other projects begin to grow.
Sometimes, we do the heavy emotional labor of working through grief or childhood trauma only to find that our diet or exercise patterns change, or we move to a new location. We practice self-compassion and begin to recognize it would be healthier to see certain people less.
The yin/yang between these always exists, but this is a season of depth and rapidity of change between the inner and outer landscapes of our lives.
Are you seeking to make a change but have been feeling stuck? There is a flow right now that can help you surf between your inner and outer landscape.
If you’ve been one to focus on self-help books and similar approaches, try things that actively involve your body. Garden; work on your yard. Renovate a space in your home. Volunteer in the community. These sound too big? Clean a closet. Drive home a different route. Brush your teeth with your non-dominant hand.
If you’re one to focus on the physical, try things that help you learn. Get out those self-help books. Take a course. Start seeing a therapist. Practice self-nurture, self-compassion, and self-love. Journal. Meditate. Sit quietly for 5 minutes and just notice what is going on around you and what is going on in you.
And through it all, don’t forget to play, connect to others, and rest!