Let me ask you a personal question. Do any of the following sound like you right now (although a few weeks ago you were fine, or certainly more fine than you are now)?
- exhausted, for no apparent reason
- achy and unwell in a very non-specific way
- restless, or feeling like you want to run away
- teary, for no apparent reason
- easily triggered into old ‘stuff’
- anxious, for no apparent reason
- unable to make decisions
- suddenly overwhelmed
- wanting to cry or scream or punch things
- panicking about decisions you have made
- arguing with loved ones
- worrying about things you haven’t worried about for years
- dealing with issues you thought you’d resolved or worked through
- bogged down with fear, guilt, or other negative emotions
- feeling massively hormonal although it’s not your ‘time of month’
It’s not just you. My inbox is crammed this week with emails from people who are experiencing an abnormal increase in the above symptoms, and many of them report that they should feel happy or optimistic based on what’s going on in their lives right now…
For other people life currently feels like hard going, and no cause for optimism whatsoever.
So, if you’re feeling a little strange and out of sorts right now, you’re not alone. In fact, you’re in very good company. It’s just that most people are suffering in silence.
Blame it on the moon. There’s currently some big astrology going down. Blame it on 2012. Remember 2012? The year that was all about shifting and healing and clearing out the old to make way for the new? Oh yeah…
I know it’s hard just now. I know it feels intense. But I want to urge you not to give up, and not to give in. This energy will pass, this weight will lift off your shoulders, and things will become clear again. The worst will be over by mid-November.
So what can you do to cope better, and to get through this energy of clearing and shift?
Pull back a little and give yourself some breathing space. Stand barefoot on the skin of the earth (this means dirt or grass or sand or rock – not concrete or carpet or a timber floor!) and really ground yourself. Do this daily if you can, or even more than once a day.
Nurture yourself. Cups of tea, gentle walks, good food and plenty of rest. Hugs are also excellent.
Don’t get stuck in your head. None of this needs to be deeply thought on, and there is such a risk of over-analysing it all. Just sit with it, and be willing to let it go.
Massage, body work, and other nurturing and supportive therapies are helpful.
Spend time with books, music, movies and places that uplift, comfort, inspire and restore you.
Meditate, explore yoga and try chi qung.
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