by Nick Andrea
I noticed myself, yesterday, feeling down – a little sad and lethargic. Naturally, I didn’t want to feel this way and my instinctive reaction was to do something about it. In my case, that defaulted to feeling like I had to do work, because then I would feel worthy, or something.
Yet, “doing something” to get out of my sadness has not changes a thing. Yesterday, therefore, I chose a different path, I chose to just be with it.
Eventually it opened up and liberated itself in a beautiful way. It was as if the energy transmuted into beauty like a butterfly.
So, “being with” is my new default approach to uncomfortable feelings.
How many of us are relentlessly driven to busyness by our pain? A good majority, I reckon. It is the overachiever’s syndrome, the sense of “I’m not enough,” and it pushes us to do, do, and do more. Yet, it never solves our problems. We’re stuck feeling the same way as we always did, with the added layer of busyness.
So maybe pain is not a call to do more, but to go inward and nourish our little baby soul within.