As the holiday season approaches, along with the crisp December air I feel each day as I walk Riley, comes that familiar feeling of busyness, striving, and doing
The holidays may be different this year, but it doesn’t change the fact that many people are caught in the cycle of ‘doing’ and not slowing down enough to really enjoy themselves, to BE in the flow, and to appreciate the gifts around them.
This is the exact reason why I got into this work. I used to have a pattern of burn out. It was pretty normal for me to go so hard and push myself in my work as well as my fitness until my body forced me to stop. I eventually learned the hard way that there is a much better way; a more elegant, more feminine and more efficient way to achieve your goals.
These days I am committed to my daily practices that support my way of Being. I still have a big vision, a purpose that I am pursuing with all my heart.
But the beautiful thing is that I’ve finally learned that we can truly have it all without the burn out.
But my practices are just that… practices. I’m not perfect and sometimes I catch myself slipping. The saving grace is that I’ve built up my self-awareness muscle, so now when I see that happening I’m able to realign and keep going.
Let me give you an example. I have several projects in the works right now for my business. I’m launching the first intake for 2021 for my High Powered Living program, am deep into creating a brand new program (more on that another time) and I’ve just launched my brand new Facebook community. Plus a few other exciting projects on the go!
Every one of these are aligned with my purpose and inspire me regularly.
Yet earlier this week I started to feel overwhelmed. With the different projects on the go and the need to be at my best for each one of them, I noticed I was starting to feel foggy and scattered in my actions because there were just too many!
Have you ever had it happen where you have so many ‘to do’s’ going through your head that you felt foggy or scattered? That was me. The same time I was feeling this way, I also had a knowing that when my life gets busier and more ‘full’ that I need to amp UP my practice to support me even more. I know this from personal experience.
I had to put my knowing into practice AND put my money where my mouth was, seeing as I mentor women on how to build their own daily practices!
So before going to bed, I got still and quieted my mind the best I could. I spent a bit more time here than usual. Then I asked for guidance.
The next morning before fully waking, I was flooded with ideas and answers for my upcoming projects. I quickly grabbed my phone, opened up my voice memos and articulated the whole plan I just ‘received’.
What would have taken me about 10 hours of work, came through in less than 10 minutes. Wow!
This is what it means to do more with less effort; to collapse time.
It was such reinforcement that we are always supported, always guided. We just have to get out of our own way!!
Sadly, I hear many people say that when they get busier, their ‘practice’ is often the first thing to slide. But it’s the exact opposite of what needs to happen! I know it seems counterintuitive to slow down and create space in order to be productive, but it’s what we need and really the only path to Being the best version of ourselves.
So what does this have to do with you?
If there is something you’ve been needing to get done, but you’re struggling to focus on it or feel at a standstill, I encourage you to create space for yourself. Block off time, do some meditation, yoga, walk in nature or whatever it is that helps you clear your head, then go to bed and ‘forget’ about it.
Giving your mind that break makes room for creative ideas, answers, and insights to come in. In fact it is vital to operate from your highest self. Our greatest source of power comes from the spaces we create between all the doing.
And when we are BEING, instead of DOING all the time, we experience much more joy, creativity and fulfillment. Sounds pretty great, right?