Things are getting weird around here, people are hearing voices and talking about it. Don’t freak out, you hear them, too I promise.
These different people – of vastly different ages and in vastly different moments – were referring to was the “voice” in their head. We all have them, these voices, telling us different things as we move about. Personally, I have many voices with lots of comments and suggestions (gulp) like the one I had a few nights that said more wine was a good idea. Yeah, there is always that one.
All kidding aside, there is so much truth to be found right inside our own heads if we only stop to listen. The voice that has the exact right advice in every single moment is waiting patiently and quietly for you to check in and hear it.
Meditation, yoga, painting, golfing, taking a shower, going to the bathroom (sorry, I had to, “light bulb” moments are frequent there) whatever it is that brings you into a quiet and grounded state of mind is a prime opportunity to ask yourself one simple question. What do I need to know right now? If you do this often enough, what starts to happen is that all of the noise begins to fall away and over time things gently fall into place. What you are doing is aligning yourself in the most important way – getting your “insides to match your outsides” as I like to call it.
There have been a few occasions in my life where I remember feeling so overwhelmed and unhappy. I was trapped in feelings of overwhelm, confusion and exhaustion to varying degrees of intensity. Some of these periods lasted days, some weeks, months, and a few of them even continuing for a few years. I like to think of it as though all this intensity resembles a giant pile of yarn that has been plopped on top of my life and it needs to be untangled so that it can be knitted into something super cozy and beautiful. The circumstances and responsibilities in my life were different for each situation. I was dealing with some really rough stuff at some points and some simpler stuff at other times, but the feeling of helplessness was the same – and the way out was the same.
Getting quiet, listening, trusting in what I heard and following the nudging of my truest voice – brought me out of it every. time.
Get quiet, take a few deep breaths, roll your neck or do some stretching – and ask yourself, what do I need to know right now. Then listen. It may not sound like much, but it is what you most need to hear in that moment and if you trust it and follow it, the knots will untangle themselves.
I am going to respect my pauses, my starts and stops and hesitations. I am going to honor the voice within that says now, and not now – here and there. that is my path. that is my compass.
On another note! Summer is winding down and I know many people have an abundance of those beautiful cherry tomatoes and the market is bursting with beautiful greens, so I wanted to share this simple salad. It would make a great dinner or lunch and is packed with protein (and flavor!). Simple, clean and green.