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Slow it down….
I’ve talked to so many people lately that are overwhelmed by life,
the pace of life, and the amount of activity that is expended each
day. Even though we work tirelessly and frenetically, the result is
that there is still a pile of things left to do. Often when this
happens, we become overwhelmed, thinking that we will never get
This leaves us feeling powerless. The more the
work piles up, the harder it is to make ourselves tackle it… and
then it gets worse as we are unable to address it. This cycle
continues, until, for example, we have paperwork and bills that have
been untouched for 3-6 months! This leaves us feeling paralyzed and
stuck, unable to do anything. Will we ever get the work done? Will
we ever have a peaceful routine, with the ability to manage our
I know all about this, as I have been there myself. So,
I want to share some practical tips to help. When the feeling of
paralysis starts entering your space…
everything down. Stop as many activities/actions as you
can. Do you really have to do all the things you think you do?
Return all the calls? Follow up with all the actions? Instigate all
the new activity? Can you call and cancel, or postpone an obligation
to create some breathing room? Do you really want to do, and have to
do, all that is on your expectation plate?
emergency has happened. If it did, wouldn’t you be able to clear you
plate? This is an emergency – it is your personal emergency. Treat
it the same way. Then do the minimum yourself, and set the intention
for God and the universe to support a slowing of all outside
activities for you. It is amazing, but it works. Once it does, you
will have the space to change what’s going on, and tackle your
2. Honor whatever feelings you are
experiencing. It’s probable that you will be feeling spaced
out, and finding it hard to function on the physical plane. Yield to
this – be with it. It is okay. Be in touch with your feelings, spend
time with them and honor them.
3. Address why you
feel the way you do. Once you have spent time with your
feelings, it is time to explore why they exist. Limitation is a
great teacher. If we have brought ourselves to a point of being so
paralyzed, so limited, there is probably something about us, our
thoughts or our beliefs that we need to address. If that something
is playing havoc with us, chances are it is something that we have
disowned on a conscious level, but is playing itself out on a
subconscious level. So, we need to identify this, own it, clear, and
cleanse it. The act of doing this, usually funds the will and the
strength needed to proceed. The recognition that something about you
is in need of adjustment will disperse the darkness and provide an
opening for a new beginning.
4. Create a new image of
yourself, within yourself. If you strive to be different,
to have your life different, it starts with you. Change your mind.
Create a new image of yourself within your thoughts. Let go of
beliefs and patterns that no longer serve your best interest. Keep
your goal at the forefront of your mind. Take your guidance from
within. Be calm, patient, and steady. Be assured of your success.
5. Enjoy the present. Be joyful. Take a break.
Do something to pamper yourself. Whether you realize it or
not, if you have gotten to this point, you have done a lot of very
important work. It is time to take a break and do something fun.
Experience the joy of being in the present moment, versus in the
‘have to do’s’. Do whatever it is that you feel like doing. Be
however it is that you want to be.
through your backed up work methodically. Now that you have
allowed yourself a joyful moment, it is time to address the work
that has daunted you on the physical plane. With a renewed energy,
set the intention that you will tackle whatever it is that is
overwhelming you easily, effortlessly, joyfully, and quickly.
Be methodical. Take it in bite-sized chunks. Start with the
easy, and move to the difficult, or vice versa. Alternatively, sort
what you have to do in categories first: A) must do right away, B.)
this can wait, C.) I can let go of this, and forget it. Then take
the A’s first. Set aside 2- 3 hours a day to do this until it is
complete. Then do the B’s. It is amazing, but just sorting, helps to
set up a mindset that this is doable; I am back in control!
7. Celebrate. You’ve really accomplished something
big. Celebrate! Treat yourself with a reword for your success,
something that is special for you! Also, include in your celebration
thanksgiving to God for the universal support of your change.
And remember: if at anytime you feel things getting out of
control or if you start to feel overwhelmed -- STOP,
and intentionally slow everything down. It may seem scary to do, as
we worry about not meeting deadlines, or expectations. However, I
strongly suggest that you just try it. When you do, you will see
that it will all work out.
Until next time, remember, self
love is the foundation for all. When in need of love and support, go
within. Love yourself and nurture yourself. God Bless.
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