Stressed out? Overwhelmed? Can’t even relax on a long weekend?
Been there. Done that. It’s a consistent practice to stay out of that space. See also: nobody’s perfect and it’s totally human, normal and OK to slip into the stressed out/overwhelmed place from time to time…just please remember to come back.
Recently I had the opportunity to go to an 8-day workshop. It was intense. That’s kind of an understatement, actually, and I’m incredibly grateful for the experience. When I came home, I felt lighter. Beyond the joy that comes from vacation (this was no vacation!), but a lightness like I hadn’t felt…maybe ever. We worked some stuff out in those 8 days!
As I was having a conversation with a friend, I caught myself belly laughing…and I noticed how unfamiliar that felt.
When was the last time you belly laughed? Can you remember?
I’m proud of the life I’ve created and how different it looks from a few years ago, and I’m also really clear that my edge is fun. How interesting! I don’t belly laugh nearly enough.
There are plenty of fun things in my life and I know I have an opportunity to lean into letting go and enjoying them more. I don’t know that I’m great at fully, 100% relaxing (yet!). I can recount a few times when that has happened, but those feel like exceptions, not the norm. Generally there’s still a to-do list rolling around in my head or some thoughts about what’s next, what I need to do, who is/isn’t OK, what I forgot, etc., etc., etc.
Belly laughs feel like being alive and they also require letting go. I want more of that aliveness so letting go continues to be my practice.