I awoke the other morning with a feeling of extreme anxiety. Normally, I’m a pro with dealing with anxiety—it’s been a lifelong companion--but lately it has been hovering in new ways, much like a dark, stormy cloud I can't quite chase away. Don't get me wrong, I sooo love my life right now, and that's why anxiety is such a bitch, it impedes on our joy! When you think about the current world chaos, my anxiety makes sense, especially because I'm so sensitive. Perhaps you, too, are finding new ways of dealing with the collective anxiety attack that surrounds our world today.
I did my usual coping mechanisms—meditation, breathing, communing with my spiritual guides and masters—but nothing seemed to work. I decided to take my dog, Sophie-Marie, for a walk to our neighborhood park. Sophie, of course was delighted; I, on the other hand, was feeling completely apathetic about, well, just about everything. As we walked through the park, I spied, what looked like two, miniature turkeys (!?) around an old tree stump. What was this? We approached in wonder (and of course, I turned my camera on!)
Then I realized it was two woodpeckers, pecking away at the tree stump. (Miniature turkeys...woodpeckers, obviously I don't know much about birds!) I've never seen a woodpecker before, and was completely awestruck. Sophie, surprisingly quiet, and I got closer, and just watched. And listened to their woodpecker calls.
Then it dawned on me...what I've been needing is to ground my energies, and what better way than in nature? Here I was, "sleepwalking", and then Mother Nature offered a magical wakeup call, a reminder of what's really important: Being in the moment! To give yourself permission to surrender into beauty and power of enjoying what's right in front of you. It sounds so simple, but sometimes it's the simplest things that are the hardest to do--and the most powerful.
If you're feeling overwhelmed, take a walk, hug a tree, listen to the birds, plant some flowers, and use the magic of nature to ground you, and help you to remember what's real!
This is part one, of a three blog series on Coping and Thriving. Stay tuned...