(c) 2010 Joan M. Newcomb, CPC
I was going to title this "What To Do When Life Gives You Curve Balls" but it was too long to fit in the subject line for my Ezine! Dancing with uncertainty is essentially the same thing. Nothing in life ever stays the same, and current times seem even more unstable than ever. What are you going to do?
One answer is not react dramatically, even when things seem dramatic. Reacting to something never enhances the stability of the situation. There are so many things to freak out over nowadays. Health, finances, careers, relationships, the future, the past, you name it. Extreme emotions cloud discernment and are an indicator that your viewing things through your "slides" or distortions, rather than the Truth.
Do whatever keeps you grounded and centered. When you're connected to the Earth and centered within, things are less likely to knock you off guard.
Realize almost nothing has to be responded to immediately. You can take a moment to breath. You can take an hour or a day to take action. Waiting often gives time for things to settle and for you to see things more clearly.
Do the next indicated thing. We get unnecessarily fearful when our attention is too far out into the future. All you have to do is take the next step.
Is it your business? We often get ourselves all upset by what's on the news or what's happening to other people. If it's not directly affecting your reality, don't focus on it. If it's someone else's learning experience, leave it to them.
Approach life as an Improv skit. Actors doing improv are working without a script and often without a director. They're given a basic scene and are told to leap into it. It's hilarious, and moving, to see what happens when you approach real life the same way.
Stay purely in the present moment. It's amazing what opens up when you withdraw your attention from the past, from the future, and from other people. It's also amazing to see how the external world (and people in it) change when you let go or withdraw your energy.
There are no mistakes. It doesn't matter what you do, it's all good, from an expanded point of view. Your Essential Self, the expanded part of you, is totally open to the experience. All experience is delicious, from an expanded perspective. This gives you permission to be creative, take risks, and try new things.
Operate *as* your Expanded Self. Be, think, do, act like your Expanded Self throughout the day. Notice how different you are when being greater than your body/personality.
Try any or all of these suggestions this week and see what happens!