I know this might feel impossible, but it’s the best thing you can do for yourself:
Just… be… still.
Not forever, maybe for 2 minutes after you read this newsletter… Not forever, but maybe 10 minutes a day. It will absolutely reduce your feeling of being overwhelmed and scattered.
When you are still, you become present to what’s happening inside of you. When you are present to what’s happening inside of you, you can feel your emotions rather than react to what’s going on in the outside world. When you feel your emotions, you will finally stop racing around in an attempt to avoid emotional discomfort.
If you haven’t wanted to feel your emotions, that may be why you’ve been getting overwhelmed, being unclear and creating a lot of busy work.
All this sudden enforced quiet time isn’t what you bargained for – working from home, staying inside, minimum trips for food or supplies – it’s not the way 2020 was supposed to be.
(Thank you Universe for another curve ball that will make me… ahem… “grow.”)
Having all these opportunities to be more quiet and still can feel beyond weird, and even threatening to your nervous system.
I invite you to start practicing being still. Because if you can’t be still, you can’t find your next yes. And if you can’t find your next yes, you won’t make the right decisions to live your best life.
So first things first.
Just… be… still.
Challenges abound, I get it, but opportunities abound too…
If you can be still enough to “be” with your difficult emotions, this skill will help you during this chaotic time, and will be deeply transformative for you after it’s all behind us.
The rewards of practicing being still include: reacting less, being calmer and more resilient, and feeling more grounded and resourceful.
It’s worth it. Trust me. (Or don’t…) But at least try this Tapping exercise below:
Side of Hand: Even though I’m afraid to be still, I deeply and completely love and accept myself anyway. Even though being still triggers me, I accept who I am and how I feel. Even though I’ve avoided being still for long enough, I choose to take this opportunity to be still now.
Eyebrow: I’m afraid to be still
Side of Eye: I don’t like feeling emotions
Under Eye: I have resisted taking time to be still
Under Nose: I don’t want to be still
Chin: No wonder I’ve made myself busy
Collarbone: I don’t want to feel what I’m feeling
Under Arm: I’m afraid to be still
Head: I don’t want to be still
Now try these more positive Tapping statements as you consider the positive results of being still.
Eyebrow: I’m still afraid to be still
Side of Eye: But I suppose I could try it
Under Eye: I want to be able to handle my emotions
Under Nose: I want to be less overreactive
Chin: I appreciate knowing I can handle any feelings
Collarbone: I am grateful for this challenging time
Under Arm: I could try to be still and see what happens
Head: I trust myself to be still and will notice what unfolds
Just practice being still, you’ll thank yourself later.
P.S. More soon…