For this wonderful long weekend, it might be nice to take time for a little check-in with you.
How are you, minus the stimuli and stress and e-mails and noise? Can you remember or connect with that person? Rarely do we happen upon a quietness that promotes self-reflection. There’s something that has happened to us in the time that we have been consuming more massive quantities of information in shorter amounts of time. We’ve lost a bit of our ability to reflect on that information. I don’t know if you’ve had the recent experience of trying to read a book and having to read the same page over and over again, but it’s a symptom that many are experiencing due to the way we consume information in this digital age.
The real casualty of this connectedness is that sometimes your inner voice gets drowned out. I find takes a concerted effort to get in touch with it again. An intentional block of time in which you can unplug yourself from your devices and even your context can be so positive and balancing. A check-in with your mood and your life gives you a chance to reaffirm your essence in an age when it’s easy to get lost.
If it’s bike riding, sitting in nature or a drive far away, alone, see what needs sorting. Think about if you’re happy, how your body feels, where you are in life. Is your brain freaking out that you don’t have some kind of noise around you? That’s a sign you are afraid of some feelings. Maybe pain will come up and if that’s the case, unfortunately you’ve got to process it, if not now, eventually. One of the reasons it’s hard to sit with yourself is that it can get uncomfortable. Once it passes through you, it’s over and you can move on, lighter. If you keep it, it will weight you down and cause your (emotional) muscles to gnarl.
Be brave and open to your feelings. Even the hard ones are okay. You can only see your world from the moment you’re in right now, and if you walk with bravery you will be everything that you want to be. Literally. One day you’ll know so much more than you know today, and the person you are now will seem young and naive.
If you can stand to unplug and leave the phone behind, a few things to ask yourself are how do you feel? What do you hope you keep in your life, and what do you want to let go of when you are ready? What would you say if your mouth didn’t have to say it? Affirm that to yourself as though it was made real. You’re already on a road that has any bend you want it to. If you want to head in another direction just look toward it. One day automatically you’ll find yourself walking.
Hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing weekend, and as always please share any stories! I love to read them. xox Sarah
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