Slow down to the speed of life

Less noise, more calm

It’s been such a long time since I wrote a blog post and shared with you.  Going through emotional upheaval and on top of that dealing with Covid has put most of us into a tailspin about the future.  Losing my sister suddenly in April and only having her memorial service in October has taken something from me that I never thought would happen.  Underlying stress can be debilitating and often manifests physically.  I enjoy being healthy and fit but these past 6 months often left me drained and exhausted and finally when my digestive system started playing up, I knew I needed better self-care and rest.

For someone like me that doesn’t come easily.  I love being fulfilled with my work and the way I serve but I had no choice but to slow down and it has done me the world of good.

I often speak of going into the quiet still place within, to find solace and peace and I had to do this a lot!  What happened is what all the ancient masters and teachers have been speaking about for thousands of years.  I began to ‘hear’ more and the more deeply I listened, the more profound the message was that everything is and will be ok.   Wisdom rarely happens in a ‘noisy’ busy head and slowing down and getting quietier gave me the grounding I needed to look at life with ‘fresh’ eyes.

As a result I’m feeling more energized and ready to serve with more ease.

I stumbled across this “Autobiography in Five short chapters” and it impacted me deeply.  Read it, as if it’s your own autobiography and decide which street you’re still walking down…..

I. 

I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in. I am lost. I am helpless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out. 

II. 

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I still don’t see it. I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in the same place.
It isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out. 

III.

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it there, I still fall in. It’s a habit.
It’s my fault.
I know where I am.
I get out immediately. 

IV. 

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it. 

V. 

I walk down a different street

© 1977 Portia Nelson, There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk: The Romance of Self-Discovery

The year will be over in just a few weeks, and you may find yourself  wondering what you did in this extremely different year of 2020.  My message to you is to please be gentle with yourself and focus on what you HAVE been able to do, to survive.  Beating yourself up over what couldn’t happen or what didn’t work is futile and is not conducive to feeling calm.  Calm is a superpower and is vital for creating new paths in your life and for being open to new opportunities.

I created this video especially for you with just a few pointers on how the mind works.  I hope you find value in it. 

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