Uncertainty and overwhelm can be unruly beasts, prowling the perimeters of our lives, seizing unguarded moments to grab us by the jugular, suffocating our ability to focus, prioritize, and take decisive action.
Their unrelenting presence can wear us down and out, falling prey to believing things are moving way too fast, there’s far too much to do, that we don’t even know where and how to get started.
Yet when these things happen, as they do for all of us at times, it’s crucial to stop or pause what we are doing, and step outside. Just beyond our work and living places, nature’s rhythms await, illuminating how we can navigate more confidently and compassionately in the “real world” as well.
First, find a calmer, quieter place and space where you can relax for several minutes.
Put your mobile and other electronic devices on silent or vibrate mode.
Know that there is only this moment and this moment is perfect as it is.
Take several large in and out breaths and feel your feet connecting firmly with the earth.
Feel the earth’s energy flowing through your feet, steadily filling up your entire body with light, calm, peace, calm, trust and clear purpose.
Take several large in and out breaths as you imagine this calming, revitalizing energy accompanying you throughout the day, at work, at home, wherever your feet may be.
Know that you are already doing enough. You are enough.
Allow inspired thoughts to guide your next steps and actions upon returning indoors.
In A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle encourages us to “Realize that your entire life journey consists of the step you are taking at this moment. There is always only this one step, and so you give it your fullest attention…When you become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life.”
Sure, we’re living in a crazy, uncertain time of rapid global transformation, but in the end we can only be responsible for transforming ourselves. As we do that on a personal level, we inspire systems and organizations experiencing chaos and upheaval to move in the same direction.
By being alive, by being human and by being loving, compassionate and present you are already making a huge difference.
And that is enough.
When you first notice uncertainty and overwhelm encircling your thoughts, emotions, feelings and actions, do your best to deter these beasts from becoming powerful saboteurs in your life.
Think of them as willful, spirited teachers, reminding you to return to your true self and essence.
To step back, to reframe, to recalibrate.
To illuminate the path of progress, not perfection.
To remind you to reach out, encourage and uplift others experiencing overwhelm and uncertainty in their lives.
And that is enough.