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Monday
Mar122018

Is It Your Time for a Gentle Next Step?

Especially for many of you in the northeast, this has been a rough bunch of weeks with one nor’easter after the next. While our home had heat, water and power, many of our friends and neighbors weren’t so lucky. People were displaced and frustrated. When the basics of life that we rely on and frankly often take for granted, are no longer available, everything about daily living becomes more challenging. Our equilibrium is disturbed. Figuring out which steps to take next feels overwhelming.

Last week, I attended Amy Reyer’s wonderful workshop on meditation, mindfulness and attentional intelligence. Several of the people in the class had been or knew people that were affected by the storm. Some felt anxious about returning home to uncertainty due to the storm. One of the ideas from the workshop that stuck with me was “patient attention.” What we pay attention to and cultivate manifests in our lives. That could be compassion, relationships or anything. The more we pay attention to that thing, the more it grows. The other idea discussed was that attention is a skill. Meditation helps cultivate that skill.

So how does this relate to next? In times of stress (be it storms, loss of loved ones, or health challenges), we need to be gentle, patient and kind to ourselves. We can focus our attention in that positive way. That will look and feel different for each person. Take the time you need to let next unfold slowly. Clarity will come.

 

A Gentle Next Step

 

Are you gentle with yourself during challenging times? What helps you take next steps? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation!

 

 

 

 

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Reader Comments (8)

I love your video! When things get overwhelming for me I take a step back & focus on something else. Changing my focus let’s my brain sort out my next step. Quite often next will occur to me while I walking my dog, in the shower, or brewing a cup of tea. I believe patience & giving yourself grace are key elements to dealing with those feelings of overwhelm.

March 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

I love the idea of a gentle next step. Taking a break, sitting back, meditating , walking. Yoga is good for me. I have been practicing yoga daily now and I always feel inspired and have ah ha moments during my practice. Thank you Linda

March 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterKim

@Diane- I love your "stepping back" strategy for managing overwhelm. And just hearing the word, "grace," feels like a generous gift of self-compassion and support. So beautiful.

March 12, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Kim- Kudos to you for your daily yoga practice. That's a wonderful way to promote a healthy mind and body. I have a daily mindfulness meditation practice. I vary the meditations depending on my mood. One of my favorite ones combines mindfulness meditation with yoga. I always feel wonderful after the practice.

March 12, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I have to admit that during times of overwhelm, it's hard to even imagine "next" - it's more about getting through the current situation. However, I can see that as long as current needs are being met, acknowledging that "this too shall pass" and focusing on what's next can be really helpful.

March 13, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Janet- You make such a good point. Overwhelm can make "next" seem impossible. Having that gentle, kind attitude, as you suggested...acknowledging that the overwhelm and challenges "shall pass," is a wonderful way to be kind to self. One thing that often helps me is recognizing that sleep brings a new day- a chance to reset and start again. There's a comfort in that.

March 13, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Lovely music & video! Knowing I only have to take one step is a great comfort to me. Asking God for courage and grace enables me to live one day at a time. And yes, fresh air, refreshing water, and soothing sleep are all wonderful tonics for the soul!!

March 28, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterOlive Wagar

@Olive- Thank you. I'm glad you liked the video and music. How lovely that you have so many sources to draw on to help you remain in the present and simultaneously move forward one step at a time.

March 28, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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