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This week was one of those weeks where things just didn't go as smoothly as I'd like. I didn't get much sleep, and the sleep that I got was anxious and restless. Been there? Thought so.
My 2015 intention is to Choose Love, and I've begun incorporating a few practices to help me live that more fully. One of them is to implement a morning ritual of waking a bit earlier so I can start my day with breathing, yoga, journaling, and a spiritual reading. Another is to build my self-trust and self-confidence (for me the two go hand in hand; if I enter into an experience feeling confident in my being, I tend to trust that I will have what I need to give fully to it, and vice versa).
Have you ever noticed that things that you normally have the energy and capacity for are WAAYY harder when you don't get good sleep? Me too! So this week, when my spiritual reading encouraged a practice to notice thoughts that come up, and detach from them regardless of their contents, I was like "crap". I'm a racing-thoughts kind-of-person, and if I let them run freely, they usually create a pathway straight to Anxiety City. This is only amplified when I am sleep-deprived.
So, there I was, midway through the week, sitting down begrudgingly to my journal, and I started writing. And BAM! There it was! I had put out there that I specifically wanted practice in detaching from my thoughts, and the Universe had heard the message loud and clear. I took a deep breath, and my attitude shifted from frustration to gratitude with the exhale.
So if you are currently struggling with something (and we all are), I encourage you to look at it with curiosity rather than disdain; what is that struggle trying to tell you? It's already draining you, so you may as well honor it, and give it some attention. Be brave, embrace it, and ease through it to the light and growth on the other side.
Sending deep breaths, patience, and courage for the journey,