Just by being human, sometimes you’re gonna find yourself smack dab in the middle of a wtf phase. It’s been one of those years where every time I start to experience a deep-seated and long-awaited feeling of ‘ahhh everything finally seems ok and I feel at peace in this moment’ then BAM something exceedingly strange happens and I’m thrown back into that ‘extreme wtf phase.’ Here’s to trusting in the process and wholeheartedly embracing the wtf phases of life.
So which of these ‘wisdom-producing’ practices has this global pandemic forced you to experience – maybe even appreciate?! Do you find yourself slowing down more lately? Staying grounded in one place? Appreciating your quiet time? Practicing – by force or by choice – the art of surrendering control? Is it possible this global pandemic has the ability to make us all more wise, self-aware, and content human beings?! Probably not. Or does it..??
2020 is definitely a year of changes, and it can be about starting over in a fresh new way. This can be an exciting time that feels good with the promise of a new world on the horizon. We can learn to break the cycle of disconnection, destruction, and division that tears at our personal and worldly relationships by bypassing ‘otherness’ and tapping into an empowering empathy!
My husband and I exist in very different experiences of the world as a police officer and a personal growth coach. Truly we don’t always see eye to eye as our world experiences have shaped us so differently. One day a couple months ago, exhausted after a fight and stuck at an impasse, we came up with a manifesto of sorts and we both signed it – here are our 7 Values for Building a Better Relationship. It strikes me now how this is simply good advice for all of us trying to make our way through the world.
I’m going to bring you in on a little secret: peace and ease are NOT dependent on your external circumstances. You can change the container you’re in and temporarily feel better on the inside; but if your sense of peace and ease is based entirely on external circumstances, you will forever be stuck in the pursuit of happiness. And if you’re tired of the chase…then it’s time to learn to embody a sense of peace and ease that you can carry with you no matter what life throws at you.
As we continue to plod our way through this challenging time, perhaps you’re coming to the realization that things will never be exactly the same. I, for one, am ecstatic. A crisis is a call to change and there IS a big change long overdue in our world and in our selves. Here’s One Sacred Act of Rebellion you can take right now to begin to re-balance your soul and literally change the world. I’m serious.
When you feel powerless to change what is happening, it can be helpful to remember the idea that: it’s not always about changing your life, sometimes it’s about changing the way you experience your life. Here’s to making peace with the present moment and letting the process shake you back alive.
I want to keep sharing the tools, mindsets, and practices that can help you during what might feel like a very strange or challenging time. For today…When the big picture of what’s going on in the world becomes overwhelming, practice zooming in to one singular moment of beauty.
In the wake of social distancing and self-quarantining, I’ve been thinking…that perhaps it’s time to venture INSIDE in more ways than one. Never will there be a more perfect or necessary time than now to explore your INNER WORLD. Our outer world may be shut down, but your inner world is wide open for business. What is one brave change you could make inside of yourself spurred on by this challenging and uncomfortable time?
There is a spiritual and psychological concept that says that all human emotions can be distilled down into two base categories – fear or love. Though we can feel quite powerless during this time of immense worldly fears, it is helpful to know that we always have a choice. The power to feel a certain way is always in our hands. And in this choice lies our true power and freedom. What are you aligned with? The energy of fear? Or love?