Phase 2 in the Journey - Acceptance and Investigation (A Journey Into A Holistic Approach to Disc0vering Balance During Covid19 - 5)
At this point in our journey it's accepted that you have embraced the idea that the health of mind, body and spirit are all integral to our holistic well-being, and that it's totally ok to have any and all emotions during changes in your life that affect all parts of you. If you're not at this point yet then move backwards through the previous blog posts...this next part of the journey is interesting, playful and enlightening.
Each individual's path towards Holistic balance is as unique as they are and the next part of the journey will assist you to discover just what works for you, and what doesn't. It's time to explore! While most of this part of the journey can be playful, fun and filled with AHA moments, it can also bring some anger, tears and upset over the amount of time you've spent with what hasn't worked and how much time and effort you've given to that.
I will say it again. Cut yourself some slack! You are here now and you're putting energy towards your present and future self. The past probably taught you a lot of life lessons and we need those moving forward. They've created who you are today.
Let us Investigate
We often continue what isn't working out of habit, a need for the reward or because we are "shoulding" on ourselves. (I should do this because....) So it means some further exploration...
Change can be hard! For example: If we embrace a pattern of panic when our life changes it could be because it's what we've always done or we witnessed that as a continual response from an influential adult as we grew up, or it can also be that we're picking up on the panicked energy of those around us, that the energy really isn't ours, it just feels like that.
Resources for Investigation
The journey from this point forward is really quite interesting. Discovering those patterns of habits and beliefs, exploring their origins and deciding if they still work for you or if you want to release them in moving forward.
Think about how you respond to change on all levels: mind, body and spirit. Take your time and begin to investigate and explore where your responses originated. Do you want to make changes?
Take your time with this and understand that it's a task that is never really completed. As we journey through life we peel the layers of the past away, like the layers on an onion. There is always another, deeper layer to investigate. It's fascinating.
While investigating be sure to replace the energy of what you want to release with a picture for the future. Ask yourself what makes you feel enthusiastic about life? What increases your energy on a holistic level? What activities can you participate in that support and are consistent with new beliefs and habits? Fear and resistance may come up and are common when we are exploring the unknown. Take your time
Tools to help
Have fun with this exploration! Play! Try different music or tools for meditation, take it outside, look in the mirror when repeating affirmations, read a new book, listen to a lecture, draw, paint, colour, journal, ...
These are tools that you can use to explore many aspects of your being. Find what works for you.
For now we'll keep it to working towards Holistic Balance through change, but later you may want to take it elsewhere.