I could get used to this. This being still thing. This getting grounded in the here and now.
Our lives are influenced by so many rhythms- seasonal rhythms, lunar patterns, the rhythms of our days and our weeks. I know this to be true and yet, I still find myself amazed when I step back and observe it.
So often when we are tired or blue or our energy is low we feel like we must push on through it. Taking a break, or expecting less of ourselves feels like a cop out. Especially when we all know at least 10 women who do it all with absolute style and grace! Why should I let myself off the hook?
Let me tell you, letting yourself off the hook is not a cop out! It is actually you tuning into the natural rhythm of life. Everyone has highs and lows; we have energy and enthusiasm; and then we have darkness and doubt. It is so very perfectly normal. So perfect in its predictability, and in the way the changes make us feel every single time.
When we let ourselves off the hook and stop beating ourselves up for feeling less than, we can create the space we need to get grounded in the real feelings. The quieter we are, the more compassionate we are toward ourselves, the more open we actually become to that brighter mood. Waiting it out, rather than pushing through it, is a huge shift. It requires us to trust that we are normal, and that we are going to get our energy and enthusiasm back. It requires us to withhold judgement and believe that we are worthy of generous doses of self-care.
And then, almost without notice we are smiling again, we are painting with our kids, we are welcoming light and joy back into our days. Perfect rhythm.