First off, it is not you. Right now, it is a couple of weeks of everybody, all of us, all of the time.
Secondly, it is you. Because what is happening around us is also happening within us.
We’re in the midst of fast moving, competing and, sometimes, clashing energy flows (new moon, planetary geometry, solar cycles). A bit of teenage testosterone practicing ‘hold my beer’.
It also feels particularly edgy and off-sync because we are up close and personal with it.
We have a couple of choices about how to navigate this.
Stay in the middle of it and plan for wild adventure. So long as we stay on the side of friendly arm-wrestling versus steely power struggles, there’s an energy here that can take us far. If we’re ready to ride the white water, let’s go with the flow.
Isolate and numb. Honestly, this is going to look quite good some days as overwhelm will be a real player. We may feel protected in the short run but risk being stuck in the same old energy for the long run. However, if we can move to rest and integrate instead, we can more easily cycle back into the energy when we’re ready. The difference between isolate/numb and rest/integration is our intention and internal work. Isolate and numb is ‘checking out’. Rest/integration is a mindful pause with the goal of getting back in the game.
Step back to step forward. Part of the problem is that we are so up-close and personal with this energy. If we can step back from the drama, emotions, and details, we can then step forward with our creative self. Use the bandwidth gained by getting out of the rabbit holes to create something that brings joy, peace, hope, play, or fun into your world.
What should you choose? There is no one ‘right’ answer because each of our paths is different. If we listen to our body, it will help guide us to what we need most in this period. Some of us are already carrying a LOT going into this energy and have very little bandwidth for ‘one more thing’. Sometimes, just making it through is more than enough.
Honor what you need in this time.
And also honor that others will make choices that will be different than yours. We do not need to agree with, give energy to, or otherwise support those choices that are different than what we would choose. Neither, however, do we need to pull in energies of judgment and othering against them.
It is easy to be ‘against’ things. It is harder to keep our eyes, energy, intention, and actions moving towards what we are for.
And yet, this is what changes the world.