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August was a very weird time – an all too brief 4 day visit from one of my partners, two funerals, a wedding and the Nineworlds Geekfest conference sandwiched in between them – All very exhausting emotional things – followed by a period of “brain fuzz” from “doing all the stuff”, so not much room for the inspiration needed to write to take effect.

I’ve wanted to write my next post (“You can’t do it wrong“) for the last three weeks, but my brain simply didn’t want to give me “words” of any shape.  I did manage to journal a little bit about one of the funerals (to aid creating white space in my brain) but I know there is way more in there that needs to come out. When I’ve not been at work (doing “the minimum needed to get by and keep projects moving”), I’ve spent most of my time either sleeping, fussing over my orchids/watching YouTube videos on Orchid care and finishing up re-watching S7 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Now, I could chose to beat myself up over this seeming “waste of time”, and a few years ago I very much would have done, feeling all the guilt around “doing nothing” and I would have tried to force “things to work”, which would inevitably lead to life not working at all and even more “things not happening” in life as I wallowed and flailed.

However, taking the Mindful view on things, I simply acknowledge that having had a very emotion filled and time sapping beginning to August,  I needed some time to reset. And my doing that self-care and taking that time to get back in the flow is not something that is “bad” or “wrong”, it is something that just “is”. And I have no need at all to feel bad about that at all.

Take my work here for instance. I dedicated myself to producing world-changing content once a week, and my lack of words to the world since the beginning of August could be seen as a massive failure. I could sit here in a puddle of self-recrimination and self-doubt, allow that negativity to enable me to listen to my amygdala and simply give up on my writing and myself  – because changing the world takes effort… and that equals resistance.

I do know that for the last week or so, where my brain has been up and firing again, that I have been very subject to resistance. I’ve been wallowing, “filling up my eyes” in a rather drastic way, doing anything to seemingly avoid writing or creativity (Although I have been spending lots of time with my Orchids!).

However, using that resistance as my compass, and knowing that my time-out allowed my brain to heal, enough is enough and it’s time to push on through! It’s time to give thanks and forgiveness in my life, open up to abundance and start shining again.

I’m hoping that I’ve given you reassurance and food for thought. Have you had a time where you felt that everything was just too much? How did you cope then? And are you now working Mindfully and with Gratitude to accept that sometimes life hands you a shit sandwich (to quote Marie Forleo!) and that you have to deal and move along. Leave me a comment below, and we can start working on connecting those dots.

Catch you shortly!

Image used “Intermission (5/7)” by jnyemb
Used Under Creative commons licence: Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Ego – It’s an active blocker to progress

Gravity Glue - Rocks

“But I know this already!” – Potentially the most harmful statement one can make when learning. And, as we are learning all the time, with every experience we live, you may well find that it’s your ego that is stopping your progress.

Thoughts in the vein of “that’s impossible”, “I could never do that”, “I can’t see the benefit”, “that’s no good to me”, or other similar negative statements are blockers to progress. After all, pretty much everything is possible, as long as you are willing to believe in your own power to achieve it. Take for instance Michael Grab – He’s learned that he can balance stones. Finding the correct points on the rocks to make stacks of seemingly impossible towers

If one person can do it, anyone can. You don’t need to be special, or lucky, you just need to check your ego at the door and enter into the project with an open mind.

Conversely, “But what if goes wrong?” is also a massive blocker to progress. Nothing is ever perfect, it never can be. Organic growth is wonderfully flawed, and embracing that is a good thing. Also know, that if it does break, you can fix it, always. Never be afraid to fail.

I’m sure that along the way, Michael failed many many times with the balancing, before he learned how to feel for the balance points and centre the rocks perfectly.

So, I want you to think about a situation where you have felt your ego was in the way of your progress and then leave me a comment below about how you worked to resolve that. Then we can start working toward connecting those dots.

Catch you next week!

Image used under licence and by kind permission of Michael Grab at http://www.gravityglue.com and  https://www.facebook.com/gravityglue