A QUICK EXERCISE TO GROW (AND HAVE SOME FUN).
Happy Friday the 13th Lovelies!
As a day that is said to be unlucky (although I am having an amazing day), let's dive into the topic of growing pains.
What to do when the push to grow comes not from our choosing.
Those outside forces and friction that require us to change and adapt.
When it feels like the universe is raining down on us and we are barely treading water as is.
I feel you.
In these moments, I have a trick that I use to stay afloat.
This practice allows me to feel my feels and still keep my head above water.
Use it at work when the tasks keep piling on and everyone has different priorities for you to juggle.
This is helpful when you are dragging yourself through the days of necessary routine.
When you are overwhelmed by the ins and outs of a seemingly never-ending crawl.
Or for those days when you are just too tired to do little more than curl up in bed with a book.
This tool is for the casual dips and trenches that come with being present to your life.
The downside of awareness is that you are aware even when life gets messy.
So, if life is a bit messy right now, try this exercise to make it to shore.
I want you to tune into your fierce self.
Power pose, growl, own your space.
Make yourself as big as you can.
And I want you to say with power:
"Thank you universe for knowing what I need to grow."
And by say, I mean yell, scream, direct.
Gather up your strength and give it a go.
Really shout out thanks.
This is aimed at the fiddly annoying pieces of daily living that poke us and prod us toward the direction we need to be heading.
This gratitude is directed at the small pieces that return to remind us that we aren't comfortable and have time to grow.
When we pay attention to the direction those annoyances are pushing us, we can gain some serious clarity. And with this clarity comes freedom and release.
It can often feel like garbage, but it actually might be fertilizer.
It helps the goodness and the desired plants-of-our-life grow stronger roots and healthier leaves.
Often, there is beauty in the unexpected.
For example, my mother-in-law recently bought some dahlias.
Two plants sold in the same container from the same growth set.
They were transplanted into two similar areas in her garden and given the same treatment.
Unexpectedly, one grew to over 5 feet tall while the other stayed the expected foot or so!
But you know what?
The tall one, the unexpected one, is the flower that gets the most comments.
It is glorious and a gorgeous flower. It is complimented far more than the normal expected flower.
Sometimes unexpected (and formerly undesired) growth leads to unexpected joys.
By thanking these annoyances we give space for them to guide us BEFORE we resist the push.
The less we resist, the easier it is to swim.
Go parallel to the shore and find where the current is weaker.
Gratitude in this way weaken the current.
What one piece of your life are you going to put this into practice today?
Tea-loving awesomeness. Challenging perfectionism.