I always say that the Universe has a great sense of humor, and can even be a bit mischievous! I find when I get too cocky and proclaim that I’ve mastered something, The Universe immediately perks up and says “really, Tara? Are you sure you’ve mastered that?” Then the cheeky monkey sends me test after test after test to help me dig deeper, learn more, and humble myself!
Recently I had the pleasure of being asked to do a LiveStream event called “Overwhelm to Abundance” with Traci and Christy Evans. (Click here to listen – it is totally free and no registration required!) I was truly honored to be asked to participate and share what I have learned about moving from overwhelm into abundance. Ironically, I had just hit overwhelm overload days before the interview so I had some fresh and raw material from which to pull! Here is the long and short of it: At the time, we were in week 8 of a major remodel (doubling the size of our tiny house) that continues to pull me in many directions, especially since I work from my home office; I was (and still am) planning a wedding celebration with 100 family members and friends that happens on June 22nd; I was traveling the whole week prior for amazing clients and was with them from dawn to bedtime; and I also have the fortune of having a lot of new clients coming on board right now so my schedule was fully booked the week I got back. In other words, I have been holding a lot – both for myself and other people, and although they are all fabulous things to have happening in my life, the weekend before the interview, I hit total and utter overwhelm.
The good news, is that I swirled down quickly, hit bottom, and bounced back up in the matter of 36 hours. But why did I hit overwhelm? (Other than the obvious?!?) Because the week I traveled, I abandoned every single one of my rituals that keeps my grounded, present, and decompressed. Without those rituals and tools, my cup simply runneth over. I live pretty big. You may have noticed. My husband describes me as “high speed, low drag”, and the only way I can hold a container this big on a regular basis is by having tools that help me drain my cup to the “just right” level.
In my interview I share many of these tools and a whole lot more about how to stay out of overwhelm so your highest self is running the show. I do hope you listen to the interview! And, here are the tools I use on a daily basis to stay at the “just right” level:
1) Get at least 8 hours of sleep a night
2) Read every morning for at least a half hour, just for my pleasure
3) Eat my breakfast in nature and do a sit spot. This is a Native American form of meditation where you empty your mind and just notice your five senses – Sound, Sight, Taste, Touch, and Smell
4) Take a long walk in nature with my dog in silence OR do yoga every single day
5) When I feel stressed, frustrated, or distracted, I take a break rather than try to push through
Wow, that sounds so simple! And it is, once you get in the ritual of doing it! But when you are busy and have a long To Do List, it is much easier not to do these rituals. When I don’t do these rituals, my cup runneth over – plain and simple. As the brilliant Gandhi has said “I have so much to accomplish today that I must meditate for two hours instead of one.” These rituals are absolutely critical for me to have the capacity to do big things in the world. Without them, I would crash and burn, as I did the weekend before my interview, or burn out my adrenal system, which I did many years ago. We are not built to run at a sprinter’s pace to do a marathon (or at least very few of us are!). These rituals give my mind the opportunity to quiet itself and return to my center. This is a lesson I have learned and re-learned over and over. Clearly, I am still learning. An ancient Chinese proverb says “To know and not to do, is not to know.” I am hoping that this time around, I continue to do what I know to be true! What rituals do you have or could adopt that help you or could help you keep your cup at the “just right” level?
To here more about this and a whole lot more, please tune into the interview by clicking here. If nothing else, at least click on the link to see the hilarious look on my face at the beginning of the interview. That is priceless. As for the interview, I think it is pretty kick asana! And as always, I would love to hear your thoughts and comments! Be well, be present, be grateful!