Sometimes the best thing to do is take a nap.
Today is World Sleep Day. And I don't know about you, but I could always use more sleep as its been a crazy week. So maybe its time to take a cue from cats and take some time to rest and nap. So today I've decided...
I don't want to adult today.
I don't even want to be human today.
Today I want to be cat.
I'll be lying around in the sun napping.
Please pet me and bring me snacks.
If you were an animal, what animal would you be?
WEEKLY MINI-SOUND BATH
Growing up I was a chronic worrier. I thought everyone worried. It was part of my daily routine. I would get up every morning and find something to worry about. That is, until I got married and learned that worrying is a choice. Over time I learned that worrying was a bad habit and decided one day (late 1990’s) to “kick the worrying habit”. I made a conscious choice to stop making worrying a daily practice. So imagine my surprise when I woke up Tuesday morning and I caught myself worrying at 6am in the morning. And when I mean worrying, I mean…
My neck and shoulders were in pain and with every worrying thought, the pain got more and more intense. I took 2 aspirin and when that didn’t stop the pain, I knew that I needed to take a different approach, a more holistic approach. Let’s face it…
Worry became an uninvited guest sitting on my shoulders kicking and screaming for attention.
So I created a Worry Checklist…
1. Are these my emotions/thoughts or someone else’s emotions/thoughts?
Being a highly sensitive intuitive, I’ve learned to always ask this simple question first as it saves a lot of time. I was able to identify my worry story in less than 5 seconds, so I knew it was mine. However, after speaking to a few friends this week, it appears that everyone might be worrying more these days. So maybe it’s a mix of my worry and everyone else’s worry sitting on my shoulders.
2. What triggered me?
My sister. My sister has been struggling with mental health issues for the past 10+ years. On Saturday she took a step backwards and as a result she started down the slippery slope of crossing boundaries and expecting everyone to drop everything and take care of her needs first. Her behavior triggered my...
“Old Responsibility Story – It is my responsibility to fix everything!”
You know the story. The story where you tell yourself that you have to put everyone's needs before your own...AGAIN!
3. What is Worrying asking me to do? What really needs to be done?
I needed to get all of these worrying thoughts out of my head and onto a piece of paper. So I did a brain dump and I made a list of what options could be done short term, mid-term, and long-term to resolve the issues with my sister. I then wrote a letter to the Universe expressing my worry and then put the letter into my “Worry Box", asked the Universe for help, and simply just walked away. I didn't take any action. And you know what happened? Everything self-corrected itself within a few days. I didn’t need to “jump in and take responsibility and fix everything"! Even the pain in my shoulders went away and hasn’t been back since.
Lessons learned from worrying…
When worrying shows up as the uninvited guest at your doorstep, treat it like the daily weather report. The daily weather report tends to never be accurate, but it gives you a general idea of how to tentatively make a plan for the future and then wait to see what happens before taking action. For example:
So next time Worry visits you, what are you going to do?
Say Goodbye Worry...Hello Peace
Watch my video below for some quick additional shamanic tips on how to let go of worry.
MARCH IN-PERSON EVENTS
Last week, I hit the wall. I woke on Wednesday and decided that I just can't take it any more. Was it the long February Artic blast? Was it the dreary winter that showed no end in sight? Was the COVID crisis that never seems to end? Was it the endless ZOOM meetings that are pointless? Was it the lack of a winter vacation? Regardless, I have had enough.
I'm starting to feel like I'm in a big fat RUT!
So Saturday I drove to Rockford, leisurely ran some errands, tried on shoes (because it makes me happy) and then met my friend for dinner. It was so refreshing to do something different for a change. I even purchased a giant piece of lemon raspberry cake and took it home for Sunday AM breakfast with my homemade latte! It was delicious!!!
So I've decided its time to start mixing things up. I'm not sure how I will mix things up...but I'm going to start by putting my "adventure" hat this week and see what new things I can find to do. In the meantime, if you are looking for something new to do in March, check out my 2 new workshops. Both are guaranteed to get you out of a rut.
WEEKLY MINI-SOUND BATH
MARCH IN-PERSON EVENTS
Stories to inspire you on your own journey to rediscovering joy in your life.