This is resonating with me so much lately. Living the life I desire means shedding a great deal of fear. I have created the habit of doing a body scan every time I feel stress. 🌿Starting at my head working my way down towards my toes, identifying where I feel the stress, & what that feels like. So far 100% of the time my stress is rooted in fear. Fear of my well-being present and/or future, of my financial future, of not being good enough, & fear of my safety are usually at the root of my feeling of stress.
🌿Once identify these fears then I can have the conversation with myself, or a loved one about the reality of the fear vs the perception of the fear. 100% of the time, so far, my perceptions have been far more damaging to my health & mental state than the reality.
🌿Currently I am in a very overwhelming situation & will be for the next week 1/2. I am in a foreign country where I do not speak the language, taking 6 hours of classes a day in an immersion style environment (there is no speaking english), in a class that started the week before with students who have a better base than I do, & no hot water for showering. I’m with my sister who is also taking classes but she & the others are more advanced in the language & able to communicate with each others. I’ve been feeling very overwhelmed & a bit inadequate which has made me emotional in some situations.
🌿This is a HUGE lesson in staying calm, gratitude & managing my responses vs reactions when feeling overwhelmed. Last night I did a pretty terrible job of this. Today I’ve forgiven myself, have taken the opportunity to learn and do better today.
🌿This is the most mentally challenging scenario I’ve been in in a while & I plan to learn from every moment but I can only do that because I have identified my fears. I am not my thoughts. I am not my feelings of inadequacy, & my fears are rooted in my perceptions not the reality. I’m at my own level & that is ok. I am committed to learning and will get there.
🌿What is the most challenging scenario you’ve been in this year?