this is a little more “article-y” than i usually write, but it’s still just something i’ve been thinking about :)
so, breakdowns! they totally happen. we all know. and some of us know that they can be totally healthy and helpful if we know how to look at them. instead of seeing them as some sort of failure, or sure proof of our weakness, here are some of my favorite alternatives!
instead of visualizing a DOWN-ward movement, how about a THROUGH movement? you were pushed up against a wall, of stress or old beliefs or whatever else we think the wall is actually made of, and you broke through it. and it was hard, and scary, and you got a little bruised and shaken up in the process, but that’s par for the course, right? :)
you were building up steam inside, and in order to maintain your amazing creativity and purpose and hard work, you just had to let some out.
is something really not working? is it serious? does something need to change? what would you like to be different and what can you do about it? “breakdowns” are a great time to check in, and make changes accordingly.
4. CLEANING THE SLATE!
really, just wash it away! i don’t know if everybody is a cryer, but man oh man it helps me! i just visualize whatever it is being washed from my mind, body and spirit. the good stuff is always there “underneath,” and a good cry is like a shower for your heart (or a bubbly candlelit bath :).
5. REST PERIODS!
resting is important, and sometimes when we don’t do it voluntarily, our body makes us do it involuntarily! anyone who’s gotten sick from working too hard knows that. a breakdown is sometimes just our unconditionally loving higher self saying “slow down! you need a minute to catch your breath (and just trust me, would you already??)”
6. RISING ABOVE!
whatever it was, and however bad it was (we all know how bad it can be! i swear!) you broke through the ceiling and now that ceiling has become the ground beneath your feet. i like what Christine Kane calls it: Upleveling. because really you can’t ever regress, or backtrack, or fall. you can stand still, but any movement is a movement forward, and “up!”
7. SHEDDING SKIN!
there it went! we determined (voluntarily or not! :) that our load needed to be lightened, so we lightened it. we were holding onto something that wasn’t working for us anymore, so we let it go. brand new skin, rising to the surface, to shine and be beautiful!