Some days, or weeks, the momentum of life seems to be so easy. We move from one task to another, from one social engagement to the other, feeling as if we are in an almost effortless flow. Energy is high, we respond to smiles from others, the world feels like a fluid place where anything is possible and we are on our path.
At some stage in this flow, inevitably, momentum wanes. At first we think we can go-go-go without a rest: especially if we are passionate about our work and love what we are doing.
But we are human. We are not machines. We breathe, we feel, we falter. We make mistakes, we slow down. This is not a fault! When our bodies and minds aren’t quite working to the high standard we expect them to, aren’t responding in their usual way, we often chastise ourselves: ‘I should be able to finish this’, ’I should be doing more’, are the lighter end of the spectrum of self-criticism. Self-hate is the extreme end.
But when we can learn to experience this change in energy, to allow, to observe, not to react, but to treat ourselves with softness, with kindness, this is the lesson.
Not to push, to force, to become angry, aggravated, or resentful. Perhaps a few tears need to be shed. Perhaps a nap is in order! When we can allow whatever needs to be felt, to pause, to breathe: this is finding true alignment with our authentic selves. The phrase that sings to me in this moment:
You are enough. Just as you are right now, in this moment, nothing needs to be changed or improved.
You are enough.