Everything is practice

 

Sometimes I am blinded by the light.

My light.

Sometimes I go to a dark and scary neighbourhood.

In my head.

It’s bleak in there.

I do my best not to visit very often, but sometimes?

The pull is magnetic.

It’s a slippery slope once I’m there, but over the years I’ve discovered a few ways to pull myself out of the dark and off the slope.

 

How to Resist the Pull

1.  Unplug

I step away. From my laptop and phones. I turn off all the ringers, bells and whistles. Simple? Yes. Easy to do? Not so much.

But here’s the thing – it works every time.

“Every step you take is a step away from where you used to be.” – Brian Chargualaf

 

2.  Embrace silence

Silence recharges me like nothing else, and when I’m recharged my thinking shifts from. . .

impossible to I’m possible.

“speak quietly to yourself & promise there will be better days. whisper gently to yourself & console your bruised & tender spirit with reminders of many other successes.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

 

3.  Reach out

While #1 and #2 really work for me, I have to pay attention because they can also be an easy way for me to hide out. Sometimes, they offer the means of escape and when I feel that?

I reach out. I call someone I love and ask for their time and support.

“Notice the little things, somebody is reaching out to you. Qualcuno ti ama. Somebody loves you.”- Ben Sherwood

 

4.  Write it out

Journal, doodle, blog, use a napkin. That part doesn’t matter as much as the act of writing which transports me out of my head and into the present moment, where I can begin to feel the light. . .my Self once again.

 

There’s no right way to do this. It just takes practice.

“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.” – Malcolm Gladwell

It takes listening to what works for you vs. focusing on what’s wrong with you. There’s no easy fix, no overnight solution, no one right way.

And remember…

“Everything is practice.”- Pele