It must be the July heat. Recently, people have written me to say:
I feel so stuck.
My problems feel too big.
I don’t know how to explain it, but right now I just feel so small.
Does it feel like a relief to know that this is common? And that sometimes, it’s really OK to feel sort of blah — maybe even necessary?
Unfortunately, one of the catches of the “new spirituality” is that we’re led to believe that if we do the right thing, life won’t be as hard. The reality is that sometimes, life is just ho-hum and other times, it’s really, really hard. No amount of rationalizing, positive affirmations, meditations, or The Secret-like Post-It note-leaving, “I AM POWERFUL” statements are going to work.
There’s a voice hiding inside you that’s shouting, “Shut it, sister — save your New Age sunshine for someone else!”
During a recent road trip, I imagined what might have happened if Thelma and Louise had gotten a flat. Right at the moment when they were parked on the edge of the cliff, and Thelma looked at Louise with that wild look in her eyes and said:
“Let’s keep going.”
While I love Thelma and Louise, the implicit message is that if we haven’t felt fulfilled as parents or partners or professionals, or if we’ve been broken and stomped on and abused, it might be that the best option is to just hang it up. Seriously?!
Do you know what would have happened if you were Thelma and your BFF/partner/kid was Louise? You would have kept going.
One way or another, you always do. Don’t you? You stomp it out, cry it out, and remind yourself that eventually, things will get better. Then you wake up, put one foot in front of the other, and you keep on going. You find your way back to who you are with renewed perspective, a sack full of silver linings, and when you’re ready — maybe even some fresh inspiration.
You are not apart; you are a PART.
There is no hole; you are WHOLE.
Keep going, Bright One. You are mightier than you know.
Looking for inspiration?
Listen to Viva Institute’s live interview with inspirational speaker and author Kirk Nugent next week on Thursday, August 7 at 8 pm EST. I’ll be talking to him live on VIVA Radio — call-in information coming up next week.
For some rut-shaking FUN, join Viva Institute’s 3-week e-course, Flight School: Mediumship for Modern Mystics. Class begins August 11. Register now.
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- Read The Passion of Artemisia, by Susan Vreeland.
- Watch SLOMO on Vimeo at least twice this week. Repeat as often as necessary.
- Cloud gaze for 5 minutes without stopping, then go for a walk. Repeat as often as necessary.
- Click to Tweet: You are not apart; you are a PART. There is no hole; you are WHOLE.
Leigh Hopkins is the Director of Viva Institute.