Right now I am really being asked to walk the talk. To practice what I preach as a teacher and coach.
What I mean by this is:
I have to move out of my house and this is totally unplanned (at least by my human existence, I’m sure The Universe had something to do with this).
There is a serious mold situation and so in the past 2 days I have packed up and moved as many of my belongings as my little Subaru can hold. Taking several trips to and from my parents house, finding a place for my cats to stay, and all the while making the time to take care of myself.
I always encourage my clients (and really all my people – that includes family, friends, etc.) that when we are in the midst of transition or a life crisis or whatever you want to call it, you must remember to take care of yourself even when it feels like you have no time.
We go through a lot of our lives using that excuse:
“I have no time” I all too often hear people say.
No time to meditate.
No time to slow down.
No time to sit and read a book for fun.
But as I move through this major upheaval of moving myself, my dog, my cats, my belongings, I am making sure I create moments to check in with myself.
I make sure I eat full meals.
I make sure I shower and put on clean clothes.
I make sure I meditate.
I make sure I move mindfully (yoga, running, walks with my dog).
I make sure I get enough rest.
Just last night I had plans to meet a friend for dinner but after I showered and put on clothes I decided I needed to rest. I had been going from 9:30am to 5pm – packing, loading the car, unloading the car, unpacking.
And especially when we are going through something traumatic, we must tend to our souls.
Whether it is a change in job, moving, the end of a relationship, the loss of a loved one (human or furry)… we must tend to our souls. It can be so easy to get swept up in the to-do list or feeling overwhelmed by the situation – feeling at a loss of how little control we actually have of what happens around us.
But what this precise situation is showing me is this: what I can control is my internal experience.
I can allow space to feel the sadness of having to leave the home I just set up (5 months ago) or the sadness of temporarily having to separate from my cats.
I can feel that but I can also choose to nourish myself.
I don’t entertain the feelings of doubt. Or thoughts of “how could I have prevented this?”
That doesn’t even enter my mind! (<<< that’s growth right there!)
I trust that this is where I am meant to be right now.
Yes, it totally stinks. It is totally hard.
But I am already seeing a lot of beauty coming from this.
Like fully acknowledging the generosity of other human beings; as I lean into them, and the universe for support.
So what happens to you when you experience an upheaval – big or small? How do you respond?
I have many great suggestions of meditation apps, websites, YouTube channels for you. I also have two free meditations on my website that you can access here. Of course meditation is merely one resource.
I’d love to hear from you, as always – and I promise to reply to your comments! 🙂
Sending light, always.
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