Trust: You’re Doing Enough

Posted by on December 22, 2016

McKella Sawyer

No matter what speed we’re going, most of us think we should be going faster.

It’s the time of year when a lot of us need to slow down, not because we want to, but because we have to. Our bodies and souls crave it.

For me, I’ve learned that I have no choice on the matter except to fight it or embrace it, because either way, I’ll be slowing down.

Even though I’ve learned through 20+ years of Seasonal Affective Disorder and you know, being a human being, a female human being, and therefore very subject to natural cycles, that fighting is extremely counterproductive. I still struggle to embrace it.

And I know I’m not alone. Whether we have full on SAD or are simply humans responding to our natural cycles, we feel the need to slow down and turn inward during the winter months. (Shout out to my Southern Hemisphere friends who might want to remember this in six months!)

Our brains say “Make stuff! Keep working hard! Make things happen!” But our souls/bodies say “Draw in bed. Or read. Or just look out the window. Put down the dumbbells and roll out the yoga mat. Go for a walk. Have some tea. Read. Journal. Let it fallow.”

Nature is one of our greatest teachers. She rests, slows down, and never fights her needs. She never moves faster or slower than she needs to and all is well.

“Nature never hurries, yet everything is accomplished.” -Lao Tzu

I’m trying to learn from her example, but being a tiny little human with an agenda, I’m a slow study.

Can you trust that everything that needs to happen will happen? Can you trust the fallow part of life and the creative cycle? Can you have faith that this is for your highest good?

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