Do you feel lost or stuck in your life? Oscillating day to day: feeling fine and on track one day, and the next feeling clueless? I call this "being in the crack" (not like the drug, but like the spaces in the sidewalk). Being in the crack is a natural state to be in during times of change in our lives. It's the space we fall into when we are between two solid pieces of ground during times of transition. It's the space we step into when moving from an old way of life into a new one. This is why, for a period of time, we feel lost one moment and then okay the next. It's during this "crack" time that we process through the changes and learn how to integrate them into our lives.
Being in the crack can be very trying, uncomfortable, agitating, and disorienting. Here are some tips to help make this unsettling time more comfortable.
* Meditation (as always)
This allows our bodies to let go of the mental chatter and move our emotional and energetic blocks to help us shift.
It also gets us away from the mental thought cycles that aren't helpful, but that we often get stuck in.
* Eat healthy
Avoid junk food and unnecessary sugar to allow your body to function as easily as possible and feel as good as they can.
If our bodies are working harder to process out unhealthy food, then it can't process the emotional and energetic blocks.
* Avoid drugs and alcohol
For the same reasons listed for food, give your system a detox period.
* Do yoga
Slow, gentle, restorative classes will help move energy where it needs to move to within your body.
Honor what your body needs; get a little more sleep if possible. Rest will help heal your body and shift blocks.
* Pay attention to what your body needs
You may be drawn to more alone time while you are in the process of shifting, so honor that. Instead of big gatherings, perhaps a cup of tea with a friend is in order. Breathe.
* Let love in - keep the crazy out
Give yourself a break from TV, movies, and the computer as much as you can. Fill the mind with "healthy" knowledge and information instead.
* Other helpful ideas:
Remember to be gentle with yourself. Just because we know a daily meditation practice and a healthy snack are good choices doesn't mean we can get ourselves to do it. Sometimes we aren't ready to move through the changes and, instead, spend a week sitting in front of the TV with a bag of "healthy" chips, suffering until we are ready to take it on. Be patient and remember to keep loving yourself. You won't be "in the crack" forever.
And ask for help when you need it. Whether it’s a close friend or relative. Reach out. You can also contact me for a private session to help with your yoga or meditation practice which, as I mentioned earlier, will help you work your way out of “the crack.”
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Jenn White, Yoga Educator, Meditation Teacher, and Owner of Embodied Bliss, began her journey of yoga and meditation in 2004 while recovering from a back injury. Feeling lost, restless and seeking something more from life, she found her path through meditation.
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