It's been a little bit since I've reached out with anything new... and that's because I've returned to the United States after my year-long trek around the world.
My husband and I are on the very last leg of our journey and today we'll actually set foot in OUR HOME! Right now, we're sitting in the Bozeman Food Co-op waiting for my mom to come pick us up and bring us home. It's snowing outside. We have all our suitcases piled around us as well as a week's worth of groceries that will actually go in my OWN kitchen.
It feels right.
I am so excited to have my own space again, more options for clothes than what can fit in a little packing cube, and to be seated at my own little desk in my own little office.
That being said...
Coming back to the United States from a year abroad has its difficulties.
I am a person who is very sensitive to energy and "vibes" and part of what I would do in each country I visited is get a sense of the energy of that country and try to sum it up in a few words.
Example: Bali is magical and heavy with discovery. India is chaotic and spiritual. Croatia is recovered and burgeoning.
So when I landed in LAX from Guatemala, I immediately felt the American vibe of: stress, isolationism, and "rat-race-iness." (not to mention the smell of America is fast food restaurants and cleaning chemicals).
We've been back stateside now for about 3 weeks visiting family and friends and slowly making our way north, and I've already found myself and my energy getting sucked back into this "go go go" energy. It's incredibly hard not to.
We, as a society, are addicted to productivity.
We have this idea that being “productive” somehow increases our value. The more we do, the more we’re worth.
Making us feel like productivity equals love. And productivity starts to be equated to the biggest of all our root desires; connection.
So we do more. We stretch ourselves further. We try to dig deeper into a well that’s already hit bedrock. We strive. We push.
More healthy food.
And, just like any addiction, this one is making us sick. Creating a surge in physical imbalances like adrenal fatigue, thyroid issues, hormone imbalances; mental/emotional imbalances like anxiety, depression, & a general lack of enthusiasm for life; spiritual imbalances like feeling like we have no purpose & meaning in our lives.
In a climate like this..
(As Danielle Laporte says) “being still is an act of courage.”
It is a brave & courageous act to stop, let go of the need to “do” & instead listen.
To lay in savasana a little longer.
To let yourself sleep in.
To allow yourself to do nothing for an entire day.
To let the “to do” list fall by the wayside.
4 day work weeks (which I am personally implementing this year).
Take a year long sabbatical.
Do shorter work days.
Take 15 min breaks every hour.
When you stop to reevaluate your life, you are taking a stand against our society-wide addiction & letting wisdom sink in. Creating space for healing to occur.
Slowing down or stopping won’t get you any honors or congratulations, but when you are intentionally still you are doing something powerful & necessary.
Pause to feel what’s happening to you.
Pause to love.
Pause to appreciate & feel gratitude.
Take a break, not to be more productive later, but because its the inhale to the exhale.
I see you’re tired, love. I’m tired too. Let’s all rest & simply breathe. You are loved, you are loving, you are lovable, forever.
You don’t have to do anything to deserve this. We’re in this together.