I was recently talking to a friend of mine who was driving home after spending a few days in Yosemite National Park. He was sad to leave because Yosemite was his special place to go when he was feeling overwhelmed by life and by all the horror in the news today. He said it was his, ‘time-out’ to reconnect with himself and his higher power.
Our conversation went like this:
Him: I needed this trip. I felt so alone and un-empowered out here in the jungle.
Me: What jungle? You live in Santa Monica.
Him: No, the jungle of life! Have you turned on the news lately? It’s crazy out there! I felt like I was going to lose my mind if I didn’t get some one-on-one time myself and with Creator. Where do you go when you need to get away from the madness of the news and social media to reconnect but can’t really get away physically?
Me: Hmm. Let me see if I remember. It’s been awhile.
To say there is a lot going on in the world is an understatement. Do you know how to get away from crazy situations we see in the news today?
It seems like every time I turn on the TV there is a, ‘Breaking News’ banner up with the latest, horrific tragedy happening somewhere.
It can be a little overwhelming for me and for my clients dealing with health issues. Not to mention a little depressing. If you aren’t careful, it can also cause undue trauma and sadness. Although you shouldn’t turn away from what is happening in the world, you need to make sure you are taking a little extra time to restore your soul during dark times.
Taking breaks from time to time to reconnect with yourself is vital to keep your spirits up so you can be the light of change. A chance to sit in you Higher Power’s lap of love and remember who you are at your core and who you want to be as you walk through life. My friend drives 6 hours to find peace. For many of us, that isn’t an option.
Reconnection doesn’t have to be in the middle of the wilderness. It doesn’t really have to be anywhere at all. One of my favorite spots is laying on the floor of my shower (no judgement). The tile is cool and it’s quite in there and the hard floor means I won’t fall asleep.
Unfortunately, finding ‘that spot’ in today’s noisy, fear driven world can be more challenging when you can’t go anywhere without the TV blasting that days current tragedy or before our cell phones chased us around demanding our attention. It’s not impossible, it simply requires more intention.
So how do you figure out how and where you can reconnect on a soul level without all the distractions life has to offer?
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I’m thinking not, but if you can, let me know.
Finding your spot, a place that you can go to repeatedly to release our heavy burdens and be lifted up, is invaluable and part of your spiritual DNA. At some point we all want to get away, even if it’s only for a few minutes, to say a prayer, reconnect with your inner guru or inner child, or have a stern conversation like, “God, seriously? What where you thinking?!”.
Having this place already established so you have the body memory to go there when times are tough is even more important when your load in life is weighing you down. If you already know where to go the the shit hits the fan and you need some time to regroup, your muscle memory will take you there and you will immediately feel safe and relaxed each time you return to it.
Remember, the place you pick doesn’t have to be fancy either (don’t forget, I’m laying on the floor of my shower). When I was really sick with cancer and couldn’t walk more than a few steps, I would sit in my closet propped up against the wall. It was small, dark and quiet in there and nobody would bug me. That was MY space with nothing to do but sit with myself and think, meditate, or chat with the Big Guy. Now I sit at the beach or in my favorite meadow not far away from the house. You don’t have to be still either. I have a friend how is an avid surfer. She says that’s her space to commune.
What’s important is that you find a place to call your own where you can regroup, contemplate life or have an honest conversation with your higher power. Reconnecting gives you new energy and can change your perspective because you see the world from another vantage point.
One way higher than your own.
We all have access to an inner peace that we can tap into anytime we need it. The problem is that the world is too loud to hear that little voice most of the time. Finding a place go to on a regular basis that is quiet and contemplative trains our mind and our body to relax and tune in to that wisdom. And it could be as close as your bathroom.
Do you have a spot to claim as your own? If not, think about where you go that’s close by and accessible and makes you happy. Is it in nature? I have a friend that loves to surf. She says that is her spot to reclaim herself and reconnect with God. Or maybe it’s a specific room in your house that you can hide in?
Now go there today and just sit for 5-10 minutes and say a little hello prayer. No asking for stuff prayers, just a ‘howdy how’s it going’ prayer. Imagine you are in a space where it is only you and God. It’s full of light and love, and all the energy there is conspiring in your best interest. Then simply listen with no expectations. You may be surprised what you hear.
You may also find that you can be the change you want to see in the world.
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