Isn’t it interesting how we can spend years and years dedicating ourselves to something, yet still self-scrutinize? I am here right now to remind you, DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE (of your inner critic).
It takes diligence and attentive action to make sure you are on the path that is in alignment with who you truly are. We may feel immensely challenged when we question and confront what our calling actually is, especially when it is not crystal clear. Connecting with your calling can feel extremely confusing, therefore sometimes surrendering to the moment is the best strategy.
Surrender and Observe
Sit with yourself. Feel the sensations in your body and pay attention to them. Where do you feel space and ease in your body? Where does it feel tight or agitated? Breathe into it. It only takes five to ten minutes to explore what how the body is responding to what is happening in the moment.
Exploring body-centered (somatic) awareness is profoundly simple. It doesn’t take a four-week course. It doesn’t require an expert yogi or therapist, and when utilized effectively, it can assist you to clarify what drives you, both conscious and the unconscious aspects. So next time your inner critic rears its ugly head, observe it, just as you so easily observe all the things you love in life.
Can you enter each day knowing that you are being more of who you are meant to be without judging yourself, blaming others, or wishing you were someone else? It’s hard, I know. It’s so easy to lean towards self-deprecation, even for the most confident of souls. What will it take to truly accept where you are and who you are? Can you move in the direction your higher self intends, and at the same time cut yourself a little slack? My sense is that this is the ultimate mission and ultimate quandary.
It is quite easy to ignore everything I am saying right now. It is easier to live in a comfortable bubble, absorbing the status quo and exhaling normalcy. However if you are like many of us and seek answers, if you want to squeeze out every drop of life you can because you realize life is fucking short, I encourage you to explore – like I am awkwardly doing – what you’re made of. If you have a calling to do something out of the ordinary, do it. If you feel you are in a dead-end situation at work or in your marriage, change it.
Being a bereavement counselor for two years taught me so much about the swiftness of life. Tomorrow is NOW and it’s all going to be over before we know it. There is profound beauty in being in touch with our mortality and the fragility – and dynamism – of life. Every waking second we are alive is a miracle and there is absolutely no reason you should hold back from doing what your heart longs to do (while being responsible and honoring your obligations of course, says my inner Capricorn…).
Keep being you. And, if there is a part of that you that isn’t being fully expressed, get curious about it. And if you feel you need support on this journey, feel free to schedule an appointment or reach out.