Creating Chaos or Peace
Overwhelm. For me it’s a feeling of lack of control. Almost as if drowning, of not being able to keep my head above the water. Except it doesn’t stem from water, it stems from keeping my head, my game, above or in control of all the shoulds, responsibilities and the what’s coming next.
In this current landscape the chaos is mounting. As a parent working full time from home, while also maintaining my healing practice – add the holidays, new Covid guidelines almost daily, supporting friends and family, end of the year deadlins, and you have the makings for overwhelm. Too many things and priorities to juggle.
Even as I type this I can feel my body go into that stress state, my breathing is shallow, my shoulders tense up and I can feel the pressure headache building. Breathe in. Breathe out. It’s a small thing but it makes all the difference.
I particularly like the “Ha breath” technique. Breathe in for a count of 1, hold briefly, and exhale with a gentle “ha” sound for a count of 2. I do it a minimum of 5 times and I can feel my body relax. From that state I am in a better position to assess the chaos. The perspective changes with a fully oxygenated brain.
Yes, is there a lot to do? Of course. Can I fix any of it right now? Nope. Contractors aren’t back for a couple of days. The first day of school is still 3 weeks off. I have no clients or corporate obligations today, so I create my peace.
Huna Principle 3: Makia reminds me that “Where attention goes creation flows“.
I choose to carve out some time for me to just be, the doing will come soon enough. So I walk through the debris on the main floor, pour a coffee in the makeshift kitchen and go outside and enjoy the sun coming up over the trees. The chaos is still there, but this quiet moment allows me to savour that I can create either chaos or peace with my perspective. I can focus my attention on creating peace from the pieces of chaos around me. Like a brilliant Lego creation. It’s always overwhelming to look at the mess of pieces strewn on the floor. But with focus, and with placing one piece at a time, eventually you have your creation.
What are you focusing on creating today?