When we feel overwhelmed and under pressure, or like there is too much to do and too much on our plate, our tendency is to speed up. Our breathing speeds up, our thinking speeds up, and our movement speed up.
We disconnect from the flow and our natural rhythm, and we start to push and work harder. We do more than one thing at once, push through our to do list, and rush from place to place, all in an attempt to keep up. But without realising, all we are doing is making it worse.
Our bodies become tense, our breathing becomes shallow, our minds become foggy and clouded with a million conflicting thoughts, and our energy system becomes drained and depleted.
I personally found myself experiencing this exact feeling only a few days ago, after putting way too much on my plate, saying way too many yes’s, and over-committing myself.
I woke up in a state of complete panic, barely breathing, totally overwhelmed and trying to do everything at a million miles an hour. I was reacting from a state of fear to the growing list of demands, and the little time I had to complete it all. I’ll be honest, it swept me up for a while. But after a few hours of craziness, I finally caught myself out.
I paused, took a deep breath and made a choice that changed everything. Rather than speeding up, I decided to slow down.
I closed the blinds, rolled out my yoga mat, put on some gentle music, lit some white sage and began to stretch into my body. My mind fought with me initially, but gradually I felt myself soften. My breathing began to deepen. My body let go. My mind slowed. And I found inner space.
Everything suddenly seemed more simple and clear. The problems that seemed huge an hour ago, now seemed much smaller.
And as I sat and breathed deeply, I began to hear my inner wisdom whisper. Clarity, guidance, insight and answers flowed through. A feeling of calmness, support and love washed over me. I journaled out new realisations, new steps to take, the decisions I needed to make, all of which suddenly felt easy.
And with this re-connection to my inner self and my loving guidance, I felt ready to step back into my day, feeling inspired, grounded and focused.
This experience inspired me to come onto the podcast and share with you some powerful principles and tools that will support you break out of the hypnotic trance of hustle and doing, and instead shift into ease, flow and peace. ~Connie Chapman