“Life is like a roller coaster. You can either scream every time there is a bump or you can throw your hands up and enjoy the ride.”
A few weeks ago we set off on a family vacation and let's just say it didn’t go according to plan.
Truth be told, at first, I was pissed. This was not part of the “plan.”
After a short time of feeling a bit sorry for myself, and worrying about how the boys were going to react, I gave myself a talking to, changed my attitude and we all made the best of it.
The thing is, life, just like our health, can be challenging at times. There are going to be some bumps in the road. It will at times feel like a roller coaster ride.
The same way I talk to some of my clients about the blood sugar roller coaster, which can cause crazy out of control cravings. Or maybe the reaction you have when you receive an unexpected diagnosis of a health condition. Whatever it is, the emotional roller coaster we go through everyday has the same effect on us.
Taking us out of balance.
It’s pretty much fact that everything is changing almost all of the time. So how can we keep inner peace in challenging times?
1. Accept change
Not always easy. And if you are stubborn like me, it may take you awhile to get there. But once you realize, like I did, that resistance doesn’t help. You allow.
Change is a natural thing and it happens everywhere, all the time. Think about the millions of transformations that happen in your body on a cellular level and how magically orchestrated they all are. It really is amazing if you think about it. And we don’t have control over any of them. Resisting change, or trying to intervene is often when issues happen.
The only permanent thing in our lives is our breath. So breathe, consciously breathe, and hold onto it. Be grateful you have your breath.
2. Believe in Balance
Equilibrium is our natural state. Our mind, body and soul are always working hard to achieve that perfect harmony. Trust the process. I need to say it again, TRUST THE PROCESS.
It is not always going to be easy. I know this first hand. I had such a difficult time when I was first diagnosed with Lyme. But the ups, downs, inside outs and outside ins are all part of the journey.
Get in the practice of being aware of it and make the most of every moment.
3. Have FUN!
It is our overthinking, over worrying, self doubt and over complicating that disturbs our inner peace. It does not matter what the challenge is. Hang onto the moment. Not the past, not the future. The present moment.
The sooner you understand you create your reality(...yes, you really do), this empowerment will give you the courage and strength you need to go up and over the next hill.
Movement, meditation, journaling and my essential oils are a few tools I use to reestablish my connection to a clear state of mind. Some times are harder than others to get there, but once I do I am aware and capable of handling any situation in life. No matter how big or small.
It is important to know what yours are. Keep that tool kit close and practice. So the next time you are on a roller coaster, instead of screaming you can enjoy the ride.
Wishing you well,