Nothing is constant. One minute you’re inhaling the next you’re exhaling. Each moment is both a little death of the last and a rebirth of the next. You can be ‘ON’ your game and rockin’ your career when (as though expected) “ding!” the pendulum swings back the other way and you find yourself grinding your teeth in your sleep, furrowing your brow on the bus and your hair sheds just a little bit more with the surmounting stress in your belly. But what causes these shifts? What generates just enough inertia (or momentum) to change the course of your Life? Your circumstances? Your workload? Your income? Your responsibilities? The external world is unpredictable and ever changing. Oft to our dismay, it is out of our control. Luckily, we have complete control our inner world. By shifting our perspective and adjusting the lens of our inner eye, we can in turn manipulate and change our experience in the outside world. Just as much as it’s possible to feel chaotic amidst the calm (think about all the times you’ve been resting in an oh-so chilled out yoga class but your brain is a buzz with all the $h!t you have to get done back at the office), it is equally possible to be the calm amidst the storm. Oh how soothing it is to have it all hitting the fan around you and yet your remain unruffled at your core. The calm in your center radiates outwards and can affect not only your experience, but the lives of all those you come into contact with. Elevate the world.
And so after a hiatus I have found my way back to center. Funny thing – stress. The triple Sss of StreSS. Ssssss… the sound sizzling in my solar plexus. Stress blocks flow. It blocks the flow of prana (life force) and stifles creative fluidity. My inability to write these past few months is a reflection of the way I’ve chosen to perceive my outer world. In doing so, it has blocked off flow from my inner world – my center. It has kept me separate from the exact thing that connects me to it – to my core. Elizabeth Gilbert (you know her from Eat Pray Love fame) has one of the most brilliant Ted Talks where she contrasts our inner and outer Genius. (Watch it here.) I’d love to argue that when we are in flow – ie. when we are relaxed and open, we create more opportunity for genius to work through us. For the divine, God, the Uni-verse, whatever you like to call it, come through us and allow us to be ‘done unto’. It is only when we allow this something greater to come through that we are inspired and can inspire.
I’m thrilled to be back. Cracked open. Warts and all. Missed ya!
Would love to hear from you in the comments below! (Where do you think I get my external inspiration from?!)