This quote really got me thinking . . .
“Stress is the alarm clock that lets you know you have attached to something that’s not true for you.”
As much as I hate to admit it, I am often stressed, mostly (or all) self imposed.
I’m constantly running from my day gig to my art biz, pushing to get the most out of every moment. From 5am to 10pm, I’m getting stuff done, checking things off my super-human to-do list, rarely feeling like I’ve done enough by the end of the day. Can YOU relate?
After reading this quote, I felt compelled to look at the meaning behind my stress, and what this could be saying about what was not true or good for my being.
But how do I stop, or not do something when EVERYTHING on my list seems important, necessary, and non-negotiable?
How can I be ok with doing less, and not getting it ALL done?
Then I stumbled upon a passage (a Divine answer to my inquiry) from new favorite author Tosha Silver where she shared the concept of moving through life with ….
…ease and effortlessness.
Ahhhh…. just saying these words out loud made my heart sigh and my shoulders relax. So I started saying these words over and over again as I reviewed my daily lists and calendar.
EASE & EFFORTLESSNESS
Ahhh…. there comes that sigh again. I’m only in the second week of using these words as a moment-to-moment reminder, and already there’s a huge difference in how I’m relating to my to-do list, and what I’m not getting done.
When I feel the need to power through my list, I say these words out loud – ease and effortlessness – and at least half of the time, my pushing stops. Then I take a full breathe, smile, and choose to be fully present with the task in front of me.
The result of this new practice? I’m not getting as much done. I’ve missed a few days posting to Instagram, and I haven’t done art EVERY day. I’m STILL contemplating what to write in my next newsletter, which I abandoned a year ago, and have no idea when it will go out. Did the world fall apart because I didn’t get it ALL done? Did anyone even notice, other than me?
The biggest change is the realization that I’m doing enough, no matter how much I get done, AND that I am enough, no matter how many items get checked off my blessed list.
Although ease and effortlessness is not quite an integral part of my being, I’m committed to using these words as I move through my day, and life. It’s my loving next step to treating me with the self-care I deserve.
So how about YOU?
What causes YOU stress, and how does this identify what is not good or true for your sweet soul?
Sometimes just acknowledging what doesn’t work can be the trigger for finding a path that better serves our deepest heart’s desire.
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