The Great Re-setting

My life is full with the work of both serving clients and running a business. As the sole provider of services, I teach, coach, facilitate women’s circles, and do intuitive readings and energy healing. As the owner of a business, I also do, or at least coordinate, the marketing, book keeping, scheduling, visioning, workshop development, website content and updates.

Sometimes, in all this flurry of activity, I get disconnected from the reasons I serve and I forget about serving myself. I stop going to yoga. I find it challenging to cook healthy meals for myself, I stop doing fun things Рlike listening to live music,reading novels, going on dates with my husband, or just hanging out with him or friends. I become overwhelmed easily  Рone small change or additional responsibility throws me into a tailspin. I find it hard to stop Рthe very thing I really need to do.

Have you ever been there? Knowing you are overwhelmed, off-center, being run by your to-do lists and the real or imaginary deadlines they create, and yet also not quite able to stop and give yourself the things you need to feel resourced and alive again?

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For me, the first step is simply acknowledging I’m here. It also helps to acknowledge that I both like being here (because I feel productive) and don’t (because in quiet moments, I can feel the exhaustion and know the toll it will take).

Once I acknowledge where I am, I can take a deep breath and let go of the judgement I feel about being here again. Just those two steps free up a lot of energy. They deflate the adrenaline rush of getting things done and make room, even if it’s just a little sliver of room, for choice.

That sliver opened up for me last night.

I have a coaching group this morning for which I had to list and rank my top ten values. It was the final step in a process we started 2 weeks ago. As a coach myself, I know that when clients identify and name the values they hold dear, they are better able to prioritize the myriad of things that beg for (demand) their attention. And while I know that’s true for me, too, I hadn’t consciously done this work in several years.

Reconnecting with the values I hold dear gave me a sliver of space to choose how to honor them and myself. I found myself creating a Wordle of my values so having them around me met needs for beauty. I took a deep breath and chose how to spend the rest of the evening. I went grocery shopping so I have nourishing food available to me. I snuggled with my cat and went to bed instead of pushing past the exhaustion and getting one more thing done.

I call choice points like this the great re-setting. Breath. Yoga. Spaciousness. Opening my fist and letting go. Trusting that something larger than me is at work and I can rest in the knowing that all will be well.

This morning, there’s less overwhelm and drive to just get ‘er done (the entire to-do list). The urgency has dissolved in the face of what really matters to me. Connection (with myself, Source, you). Authenticity. Beauty. Acceptance. Freedom. Growth.

How will you create – or allow – that space to emerge in you today?

 

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  1. Thanks Emilah- just the reminder I needed this morning. So very true. I just read an article about how time is a construct of our minds. I know that when I do honor myself & let go of the to-do list, time tends to open up & when I get back to it, my actions flow with greater ease and efficiency.