§ We came to this world to LIVE OUT LOUD!
Why It’s Necessary to Go Within (Especially Now)
I’m noticing more and more how in times of stress, we fall back on old defense mechanisms, even those we thought we let go of a long time ago.
Remaining hopeful and seeing possibilities for a wonderful future for myself, my family and even, humanity.
Being creative in carving out self-care time to feed my body, mind and spirit .
Being of service, through my coaching work, Passion & Purpose Life Course, Extraordinary Life After 40 summit and Wisdom Wednesdays, and embarking on a new work project (writing a book!) which fed my soul and my intellect .
Doing more housework than I have done in a decade (and that’s with my husband doing the bulk of the cleaning in the house)
Keeping the anxiety and stresses to a minimum (or so I thought)
Tending to my relationships and navigating complex dynamics well (or so I thought)
Being flexible in juggling a new reality (or so I thought)
“But these are crazy and unusual times”, I kept telling myself as I fell into bed exhausted each night around midnight.
When I stopped long enough to feel, even for a second, I knew deep inside that I just couldn’t keep up this pace.
Then a couple of weeks ago, I interviewed Barbara Dossey, a wise woman and pioneer in the personal development field, for my Extraordinary Life After 40 summit in September.
Barbara is amazing! Her energy is luminous and her beauty and grace are unparalleled.
We talked about reinventing yourself through the decades and there was so much wisdom shared!
My personal biggest take-away (because we always get just what we need, if we’re open to receiving it) was:
How important it was to come back to the still place within myself, the place in which all inner peace lives.
I realized that in an effort to “get it all done”, I had cut out silent meditation from my daily self-care practice. I still did Joe Dispenza’s morning meditation (where I visualize the future I want to create) and it has been great at creating a hopeful future.
But I desperately missed accessing the silence deep within myself.
I didn’t know how I was going to make the time but I knew that it was a necessity.
And I made it happen. (Funny, how we can always make the time for what’s important to us.)
Sitting in silence was difficult at first. I had become so used to the rushing around that it was challenging to stop and do nothing other than focus on my breath.
Yet within a couple of days, I started to sink into the luxury of twenty minutes with nothing to do but try to focus my awareness on my breathing.
I began to crave this time of SILENCE.
The silence was a healing balm for my soul.
As I sat in silence, following my breath, I accessed my deepest feelings.
I felt myself exhale in the stillness, like I haven’t done in a long time.
I opened up to the people I love like I haven’t in years.
I rearranged my calendar to spread out a month’s workload over 3 months.
I made some important mental adjustments.
I called a family meeting and revisited the chore chart.
I made sitting in silent meditation a part of my daily routine.
What about you? How are your defense mechanisms showing up? And more importantly, how are you relating to them?
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