After 25 years dedicated to my spiritual growth, I’m still doing the work of aligning my energy, clearing blocks and navigating through challenges. There’s no magical place we arrive where we won’t have life to contend with.
On my good days, I’m a Jedi Master at identifying and moving through challenges without a struggle.
On the off days, my mind tries to take me down the road to crazy town.
Sometimes I feel stuck. I even struggle. Not great for a problem solver that loves change.
But struggling is a choice.
When I first learned this, I thought, “What’s wrong with me?” “Why would I choose that?”
I had to chill. Even the most successful people struggle from time to time.
Knowing you’re struggling and doing something about it are very different energies.
You have to recognize the struggle in order to shift.
I name it, like actually call myself out. [Yes! I talk to myself all the time.]
The word struggle is defined as – to make forceful or violent efforts to get free of restraint or constriction. To try very hard.
Sounds like a lovely recipe for inner angst, right? I’ve found it’s a perfect way to feel like I’m running a marathon without going anywhere.
If you recognize the struggle within, you actually have a choice.
Continue pushing or pause.
Once I spot it, I pause and drop into my heart.
When you connect to your heart, you automatically release…you soften and surrender.
Ugh! Sometimes it’s the last thing you want to do. I know!
It feels more powerful to hold on tightly.
But I know from experience that NEVER works.
So, I pause. I put my hand on my heart and compassionately ask “Why am I struggling? “What do I need right now?”
Then I consider the first thing that drops into my field.
I take time with it.
This is a clarifying course of action.
And make no mistake, PAUSING is a form of ACTION.
I get out of my head, and back to my center. Without any pressure to make a move either way.
I ask for guidance.
I listen to what I need.
And the answer appears, but I have to let go of the struggle first.