Picking up on recent blogs like “Spring-Cleaning Your Life” and “Spring Caregiving Releases”, we will look further today at letting go of what you don’t want in order to make room for what you do seek.
Indeed, it’s astounding how often the theme of release has shown up in my world alone during this month of March. Perhaps it is tied to many people’s returns to New Year’s Resolutions to shed weight and get in better shape come the new season. Guess what? We’ve reached the calendar date this week!
Can we start by bringing in some thankfulness? Now, if you’re dealing with Un-cope-able Parents, you might find it odd (or annoying) to imagine there’s anything you can find positive about them! I get it. Hear me out. Gratitude is widely viewed as the fastest route to manifest what you wish for. Wouldn’t you like some calm and cooperation, for example? Then start sending gratitude for what’s good in your life (including your folks), despite the aggravations.
Another experience many around me are having in March is severe colds. From a Reiki stand-point (of clearing blockages along the body’s energy centers), throat-based ailments relate to not speaking your truth. Attacks upon your lungs or chest are equated with sadness. As much as many caregivers do not prefer to slow down even when their bodies crave rest, can you at least treat your physical symptoms as an opportunity for emotional letting-go?
As you embrace gratitude (ideally three to five sources daily like a sunset) – and identify feelings that are not entirely serving you (i.e., frustration, anger) – you make space for what wants to arrive. Can you be open (receptive) to new ways of viewing the eldercare marathon? Are there fresh strategies you would be amenable to trying because they may just prove more productive than the well-worn roads you’ve been traveling?
GRR to Reward
Do you notice an emerging acronym? After all, doesn’t “Grrrrr….” aptly express how you really feel about your trying circumstances? So, what if practicing Gratitude, Release and Receptivity were the route to Reward?
You might wonder, what reward? It’s the one called maintaining your physical, emotional and mental health while you navigate a chapter of life that will otherwise do you in if not careful.
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