Well Hello My Friends!
Summer is about 1/3 over, and I’ve finally come up for air. The past few weeks have been spent on preparing for and then executing on a day-long consulting gig, hiking and biking in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and then finishing up my health coaching certification. Now that the skies are clearing, I’m reflecting back on the past few months and wondering, “Did I do that right?”
As I’ve written about many, many times, I have this tendency to take on way too much, and then get overwhelmed and cut way way back. It’s this constant dance of too much, then too little. Why oh why, can’t I just ride that middle line?? If I was doing things right, I should be able to know how much I can handle and take on just that much and not an iota more and then I would live happily ever after in the neutral zone.
Living in the neutral zone sounds horrible. So boring. There is no life, no color, no spirit there.
I’m slowly coming to this realization that perhaps me “doing it right” is me doing a lot, and then doing a little, and just riding that rhythm and flow.
It reminds me of some photos that were part of the Upledger CranioSacral 1 class. Our skull has joints (aka “sutures”) where the bones meet up and connect. The sutures between the bones are composed of these beautiful curvy lines:
Our teacher then shared a photo that her friend had taken from an airplane that showed a meandering river in the plains below. It looked something like this:
It was so impactful to see those two pictures side-by-side. Nature works in curves – crests and troughs and meaningful meanderings. If you averaged them out, they would form a straight, neutral line. But the swoops and dips are much more interesting to look at, and they have a story to tell – what caused that river to bump off to the left like that so suddenly, and then Whoa! bump right back off to the right? What causes all those little squiggles to form in our noggins? We know there is a reason and purpose for it because Nature is nothing if not efficient. If it’s there, it’s there for a good reason.
So I’ve decided to view my constant ups and downs and energetic ebbs and flows as Nature embodied in me. This is the way I’m supposed to be doing it because I am Nature too. I’m hoping that with each up and down, my average is slightly increasing (aka, I’m growing), so my iterations look something like this:
I just wanted to offer up that thought for those of you who also question, “Am I doing this right? Shouldn’t I have this figured out by now? Why do I keep repeating the same patterns?” Maybe you are doing it exactly the way you are supposed to, and you are scribing an elegant swooping story on the world with the waves and troughs of your life.
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