During her divorce, a woman woke in the night with one clear thought.
This is an unprecedented opportunity for spiritual growth.
Ten years later, this same thought is helping her stay grounded, productive, and stable during the myriad crises facing her (and the rest of the planet!) right now.
The terror and suffering we experience when our support systems collapse are an urgent invitation to evolve into a new reality that is already here as an uninvited guest.
In crisis, we are compelled to create new ways of staying grounded and acting with consciousness, compassion, and intentionality.
Here are 3 Keys to Not Wasting This Crisis.
1. Match The ENergy, and then HArness it!
Seriously? Match the energy of feeling freaked-out?
The energy may not be freak-out. It may be anger or grieving or heartbreak. Whatever it is--match it first, and then harness it through emotional hygiene.
2. Harness the Energy Through emotional hygiene
What is emotional hygiene?
It's actually a lot like physical hygiene.
Emotional hygiene is a practice of clearing out trapped, stuck, or stagnant old emotions.
Why do we need emotional hygiene?
Because emotions are a powerful energy that you can use to make your life better!
Emotions get trapped inside us every day, and we need to clear them out, or they cause distress and disease. And here's the thing: it is a lot easier to feel our daily accumulation of uncomfortable feelings now than it is to feel them tomorrow or next month or next decade.
Unfelt feelings are like credit card debt. It hurts to pay that money when it's due, but it hurts a lot more to pay it after it has accumulated interest!
So what is a good emotional hygiene practice?
There are so many!
We live in an age where our knowledge about the biology of trauma and the energetic practices of emotional release are attracting an unprecedented combination of both cultural respect and scientific precision.
But breathing and moving the body are the foundation of all of them. So begin here:
I would love to support you as you experiment with these practices. Click to join my private facebook group, where I keep loading lots of emotional hygiene videos.
3. Make Inertia your ally
You have got to be kidding me.
Inertia is my enemy!
It seems to most of us that this is true. Inertia seems like it is keeping us from action.
But inertia is really just a truth about physics.
How does this truth about bodies affect us?
Let’s go back to March. When I switched to online teaching after the pandemic hit, I set up many zoom chats to check in with my students. Over and over I heard them say almost exactly the same thing:
It’s hard to work from my bedroom. I’m used to working at the library. I’m used to running into friends between classes.
My students had been using inertia to their benefit.
Most of us have taught our bodies to stay in motion once we leave the house, and to stay at rest once we are home.
But while we shelter in place, the flow of inertia for many of us has changed.
We easily feel trapped by the “body at rest” part of inertia.
So how do we work with inertia, not against it, to balance and energize our lives?
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You'll get lots of videos about emotional hygiene and productivity at home.
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See you soon!
Lynnea Annette is an executive life coach who supports professional women who feel the stress of working hard and being under-appreciated.