Recently I woke in the middle of the night feeling quite panicked. It was if I had left the water running all night and was suddenly met by a crashing flood of darkness. I scanned by body (as I teach all my clients) to confirm what truly I was feeling to know how to address it. This was definitely not ‘monkey mind’ – the random, odd small bits that clamor for our attention at the least opportune moments (Loosing Sleep and Sheep Don’t Work, October 17,’15). No, this was panic. Sheer, ugly panic.
It’s odd how small things can fester and gain so much momentum in a short window of time. I knew from experience that nipping this in the bud was critical. I got out of bed and decided to do a favorite ritual to change the energy I was fighting.
I am not sure how those who have no faith cope in these circumstances because it all starts and ends with believing that God/Spirit/the Universe (choose a label) really is supporting you and helping ensure that ALL IS GOOD…that there is something bigger and stronger than you that is easily accessible and able to help. From there, these challenging times can shift quite easily. Here’s how.
Down on the floor, I anchored myself to the ground, feeling the support that the earth provides – a good reminder. You can do this of course on your knees if you prefer; it’s all a matter of personal preference. I closed my eyes. Then I focused on each ‘stressor’ individually, as if pulling them out and facing them one by one. There was the stress about my daughter selecting and getting into a good college, there was stress about our remodel, stress about a misunderstanding between a friend and I, stress about my youngest being prepared for a week away at camp. The list went on and on. I took a deep breath and reminded myself I had control over this. I could turn this all around and fast.
For each of the topics that concerned me, I imagined them being tangible, something I could hold and then easily place in a box. I enlisted my imagination so that the experience would feel as real as possible (key to the success of the outcome). I placed each stressors in an imaginary box, taped the box shut (securing some with extra tape) and then purposefully handed each box, individually, off to God. I paused and watched (in my mind’s eye) as each cause of stress disintegrated before me.
I did this at least 10 times, taking each stress-causing topic and securing it, then passing it along. When complete, I took several good, deep breaths and relaxed into the ease I felt within.
I was reminded of how powerful this exercise is and was flooded with gratitude, so I paused to say a prayer of thanks before slipping back under the warm covers on my bed, finally ready to drift off to a relaxing sleep.
Now, any time one of these stessful topics comes back and tries to poke at me again, I remind myself that it isn’t mine to deal with anymore; I literally gave it away. Each situation is now in someone else’s care to manage, someone far more powerful than I. And, just like that, the energy around it dissolves and I can trust that ALL IS GOOD.
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