There is overwhelm in the world. And overwhelm in us.
For many of us, we see so many things in the world that could be different, that could be better.
And yet, simultaneously, many of us also have multiple opportunities or ‘doors opening’ which can feel difficult to sort through and make the right choice.
In this process of remembering who we are and why we came here, we’re at a bit of an unfurling stage. Parts of us are like something that’s been stuffed in the attic for more than a few years. We’re unrolling and unwinding, shaking out the dusty parts, releasing things that we don’t need.
As we begin to feel things changing in us or around us, many of us feel some discomfort or unsettledness. When this happens, we tend to go down one of two paths.
In our discomfort, some of us freeze and do nothing. Others of us get really busy - we look around to do something, anything, to distract us from our discomfort.
The balance is in between - with a nudge in the opposite direction of our normal tendency.
If you tend to 'freeze', then do something. But not just anything or everything. Simply do the next small thing that feels right. And then the next small thing after that, etc until you've built a path of stepping stones that create momentum.
If you tend to get ‘really busy’, then do something that lets you pause and connect inward. Watch the clouds or sit with the trees. Notice your breathing. Meditate. Listen to what your body is saying to you.
While there will be ebbs and flows, we’re kinda in this change process for the long run. We’re neither meant to stay stuck where we are or to be so busy we can’t rest. To be sustainable, both for ourselves and for our purpose, we need to cultivate balance.
Learn to notice and nurture your own rhythms.
Your body knows what you need.