Monday, May 11, 2009

Feeling 'Under the WEATHER' lately?

If you've been feeling like you've been hit by a tonne of bricks lately. I can assure you, you are not alone. We can look into the astrological reasoning or alike but the point is many of us have felt many emotions swirl around last week... and perhaps are feeling quite tired and drained to start this week. So depending what we have chosen to do to 'deal' with these unsettling feelings in the last few days, we could have watched our physical body show tell tale signs of discomfort eg. Tension or immobilization of parts of the body, or even feeling our ‘wheels’ of our car falling off (metaphorically, or in some cases literally). This would happen if we have chosen to resist or 'battle out' the unsettling sensations. Or we could have tried to just sit with it and notice that these emotions do exist within us and starting to look deeper and see what we need to 'tweak' within ourselves to make this a more comfortable journey. So the common question is: 'so what can I do now?'

My suggestions are simple, if these resonate with you. Or perhaps, knowing you are not alone gives you sufficient comfort. Clearly, if we are feeling under the weather of our emotions, we are already noticing that this is occurring. My question is what part of us is 'noticing' the movement of our emotions? If we have enough clarity to see that we are amongst the swirl of emotions, then technically we have already 'stepped out' of the fog of emotions. Let’s stop and think about this one for a moment. If we were still in the fog, how could we ‘really’ notice that there was a fog in the first place?? Therefore, we must have removed ourselves enough from it to notice that the fog is definitive, has a start and an end.

I have been recently reminded that ‘us’ humans are the one of the few species that has this capability. The ability to step back and watch our own thoughts and emotions. It’s pretty amazing if we just stop and ponder about this concept. So knowing we have this capability, why would we not choose to sit and watch the emotions? This does not mean physically site, but just to stop and notice our thoughts and emotions as they play out in our heads. We may perhaps notice the physical discomforts we are experiencing too. The key here is to just notice them as they are, without trying to explain them with a story but seeing them as they are. Without 'trying' to do something about it yet, just sit and watch - as the emotions do flow, from one to another or perhaps they circle around one issue in your current life now. Just watch.

Too often we are quick to try and 'fix' or re-adjust out of the discomfort we may be feeling. Yet, remembering that it when we feel the most discomfort we are just being challenged out of our comfort zone. Thus it’s also an opportunity to grow from that experience. So by choosing just to sit and notice the emotions and watch how the emotions evolve and eventually tell a story of its own. We learn more about ourselves. Perhaps we will see what we are ‘not’ too comfortable with, in our approach to life or lifestyle. Seeing the fuller picture of these emotions first - then making slow mindful adjustments in our approach to everyday life will allow us to work/play with 'ease' in our daily lives.

So if we are feeling quite drained to start of this week, or perhaps more than usual. Then perhaps honour this, and be selective with where we spend our energy this week. Learning to be fluid in our approach to our daily routine, gives us the freedom to be true to ourselves each and every moment. Respecting where we are at, and not where we think we should or shouldn’t be. Creating space and freedom for ourselves refers to not only the physical sense but more importantly of our thinking patterns and our approach to each experience.

So how are you ‘responding’ to these whirlpools of emotions and perhaps the lack of energy today?

The key of being ‘responsible’ - is being free to ‘respond’ in the best possible manner of the greater good of ourselves and others. But is this the definition we have of ‘responsibility’ in our daily lives?

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