Overwhelmed - give up or clean your closet
If you read my blogs at all, you know I am not really going to tell you to give up if you are feeling overwhelmed. But the truth is, it is part of the reason we have trouble moving forward sometimes. We can see there is so much to fix and so much going wrong, we just can't make it work, so why try? It is like trying to contemplate swimming across the ocean. Add to this the way things are today, especially in the US, we are bombarded with unconscious ways of doing things where our food, clothes, lives come from corporate practices that are less than good for our bodies, let alone our energy, we are maxed out. What I am seeing happen a lot lately is the straw factor... the camel is so overloaded that one straw throws the whole thing off. It makes the person feel crazy, because they thing "I should be able to handle one piece of straw". But the straw isn't the issue, the issue is all the rest of the crap that made you so sensitive, you can't take it any more. Give yourself a break and then look at all the things behind that last thing that threw you over the edge. It isn't just that one thing it is everything. I know I have already mentioned keeping your space clean, but it is more than just dusting and decluttering. It is just starting to notice where you are overwhelming yourself with negativity.
If someone can take a piece of jewelry from someone else and hold it in their hand and tell their story (which is a fun exercise to try, most of us can do this to some extent), imagine this power being held in everything you have in your house. That lamp you bought has the energy of the people who made the metal, plastic, cloth and parts associated with this lamp. It has the energy of the packing company and the material suppliers of that. It has the energy of the person who loaded it on the truck, drove the truck and stocked it on the shelves. It has the energy of the person who sold it to you... and so on! Energy is on every thing and affecting you, even if you don't know it.
I tell you this not to overwhelm your further. But to just make you aware of why you are feeling overwhelmed and empower you to change it. Sometimes simplifying your life, space and world can help you learn your limits and modify accordingly. It can help you just be more mindful in your life, which helps you be more in the present moment and manifest what you want in life. It isn't about noticing everything that is wrong around you, it is just about noticing everything around you, period. Notice how many things you have in your house. Think about the effort brought into manifesting that into your home. Be mindful of what you label as important and give yourself a break for feeling bombarded by the world. You are, sometimes you just need a break from it and kids do too.
Insightful Inspiration for the week
Pick one thing in your life to pay more attention to this week. Maybe it is just your toothpaste or the shampoo you use. Think about the energy that is put into this thing, where the materials came from, how they came together, how they got to you. Notice if that is what you want to be putting into your energy. Just do this with one thing and notice how you feel about this product. It may be something you feel good about... it is just to notice. This isn't an exercise in ridding your life of negative energy, it is just about being more aware of all the sources that come to you so that when you are feeling overwhelmed, you know how to reduce the noise and get back to yourself. It is about understand how your energy interacts with the world, and doing it consciously. Good luck. If you feel overwhelmed just by this one extra thing, this is also something to just notice. What can you do to help yourself feel less overwhelmed instead? Share your ideas.
Have a wonderful weekend!