Sometimes the universe has a message for me…I just have to be still enough to hear. I’m in the midst of a BIG life change as I transition to my new role as a professor at the College of Media & Communication. The last few months have been a blur of activity, but I have kept good on my commitment to journal as a tool to reflect on the day before and focus on the day ahead. Well…mostly. IT’S BEEN REALLY BUSY!
I like to mix things up, so I dug out an unlikely selection of books to dip into for a daily dose of reflection or inspiration. From the Bible to “Putting First Things First” … from to Islam to Tao, my 2015 collection has it covered.
For the second day in a row, the messages are pretty clear:
- Slow down and be at peace with the quiet in your life.
- More is not better.
- Slow and steady wins the race, making little changes add up over time.
What message does the universe have for you? SHHHHHH. You have to be still and listen.
Read my TUMBLR post from yesterday.
Today’s inspiration from DailyOm
With all our best intentions and rich resources, why is it so hard to slow down, simplify, and care for ourselves? Why do most clearing efforts fall short or peter out?
Why are we so afraid to let go?
Our drive to attain and succeed comes at a great cost to the soul. We are malnourished, if not starved, when it comes to compassionate self-acceptance, awareness, and care. We yearn for simplicity but struggle to find it. We ache for balance but can’t sustain it. There is no time to juggle it all, let alone clear the things and thoughts that have caused us to feel so overwhelmed in the first place.
Most traditional approaches do not make room for us to feel the feelings that come up when we clear, and they make us feel bad when we fall short. These linear modalities do not account for our fight or flight response, nor recognize the energetic impact that our thoughts and emotions can have on our living spaces.
After years of study, deep inquiry, and personal experience, here’s what I know for sure:
For clearing to last you need to put yourself first. You won’t make a dent in reducing the stress and stuff until you’ve healed the patterns that created it. If you don’t feel safe, you won’t let go. Clearing is an inside job that begins and ends with you.
For clearing to last you need to change your mindset. Clearing is not something you “do” or squeeze into your life. It’s a way of life – a journey – that doesn’t always add up, make sense, or go in a straight line. Clearing is not about “getting rid of.” It’s about letting go of the things and thoughts that get in the way of realizing your true nature and best life.
For clearing to last you need to slow down. Clearing old habits and resisting behaviors is not possible until you slow it …way …down. In a world that is all about speed, this requires awareness. Daily doses of it. “Slow drip” efforts applied consistently over time are the real game changer here.