Lately I have been in a spiritual slump. I’ve been sick since the beginning of winter with an ongoing sinus issue that went straight to my lungs. My child and husband have both been sick recently too. It’s pretty hard to find the energy to do anything spiritual, when I am so exhausted and stressed out about my and my family’s health. Also, it’s supposed to snow again today. It’s the middle of March and as I dream of spring flowers and warmer weather Mother Nature is not done sending shivering winds and drifts of snow. How do you find that spark to keep going in times like this?
As I type this, I am listening to some relaxation music I found online. It is helping to take me to another place that doesn’t have snow and stress. Sometimes, that is all that you can do. Find something small that keeps you going. Music, a chapter of a favorite book, ripping images out of a magazine of a goal and putting those up so you can see them daily, whatever small inspirations that you can find that keeps you going.
Being a spiritual person doesn’t mean that you have all the answers. It doesn’t mean that you can’t and don’t fail. It doesn’t mean that you are perfect and without faults. Spirituality is a journey. I always say to my clients that we are all a work in progress, including myself. On days like this, I feel that journey very clearly, that struggle to walk the path and find reasons to go on with learning and growing and moving forward. So do you know what I do? I don’t move forward or even try to, but I also don’t say that I have failed. What I am doing is pausing, taking a break. I set myself up with a nice little virtual camp in my head. Right there on my path, because today, this week, maybe even for the next few weeks I just need to rest. I have learned that it is okay to just stop for a while. It is okay to give yourself permission to heal and recuperate. That “to do” list that is often a mile long needs to be tucked away for another day.
We live in a world where we often make ourselves feel guilty for not doing something all the time. If we are not moving all the time, working, cleaning, organizing, emailing, texting or chatting on the phone then we are somehow, not productive members of society or “good” people. We need to learn to give ourselves permission to let go when we need to. We need to learn that sometimes, the best thing you can for yourself is to rest, relax and take a break. Forgive yourself and just breathe.
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