2016 has begun. I’m finding there are two different starts to the year out there as I talk to family and friends…
There is the “Oh-my-goodness-this-is-going-to-be-the-greatest-year-ever!” camp. January was inspired, creative, fired up, connected, and full of goals accomplished and intentions set. That is awesome and I am giving you all virtual hugs and high-fives for rocking it out and being a source of inspiration to me (no joke, you all are the ones that keep me going)!
There is also the “Oh-my-goodness-I-can’t-believe-January-took-that-long-why-do-I-feel-so-unsure-and-unsteady-and-what-direction-do-I-turn?” camp. January for this group was filled with sadness, anxiety, confusion, shakiness, and, most of all, uncertainty for what this year will hold.
To those in the second camp…I HEAR YOU. You are not alone.
Uncertainty can be one of the hardest places to sit. When I looked at the words associated with uncertainty, this is what came back: doubt, qualm, misgiving, apprehension, quandary, reservation, scruple, second thought, query, question, question mark, and suspicion. For those of you feeling uncertain out there – myself included – these words might ring true…in fact, you might have some additional words of your own you’d like to add to the list. No wonder we don’t like being in this space.
I mean…really. don’t. like. it.
Uncertainty is exhausting and when it feels chronic, it can be hard to push through and see the silver lining. From what I’ve seen and experienced, uncertainty can be felt in the root of our energetic system. That place where we feel grounded, stable, and secure. I’ve noticed when that sense of stability is missing (especially when it pertains to our basic needs – food, shelter, etc.), the rest of our energetic system can be affected, thus impacting our ability to be creative, feel empowered, give love and attention, voice our fears and opinions, and see what options are ahead of us. When uncertainty is present, our entire body can feel out of alignment – physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.
There are some methods to deal with this uncertainty and I thought I would share two of my favourites with you.
The first is a simple grounding meditation that gets us connected to our Root Chakra (Muladhara). Our Root Chakra is located in the very base of the reproductive organs and, when properly engaged and aligned, can enable us to feel strong, stable, and connected. When we are disconnected from our Root Chakra, it can cause alignment issues through the rest of the main seven Chakras as they travel up the mid-line of the body. This in turn can affect our emotional, physical, and mental states. To tap into your Root and feel more grounded, I invite you to practice this short and sweet meditation…
The second is to identify, name, and write down those feelings you want to invite into your being. By mindfully thinking about this and writing a list of what you want to feel, it can help ground you in your desired feeling state. Do you want to feel Joy? Empowered? Secure? Loved? Heard? Visible? Whatever feeling you desire, put it on paper and take some time to think of ways you can invite that feeling into your life. I recommend doing this practice at least once at the start of the week and then revisiting your feelings as often as you wish (I tend to look at mine in the morning and the evening each day).
I hope these little practices help!
Sending you lots of love and light, Brave Souls!