Saturday, August 10, 2013

Stop, drop, & roll

When I was a little girl, we learned a mantra in case we were ever in a fire, "Stop, drop, and roll." I now humorously think this applies to life too. When we find ourselves confused, consumed with worry, or feeling "off," try to remember this. Stop what you are doing. It isn't working anyway. Drop into your hear and see what you find in there. What is it you really want to be doing now? Roll with it! Do what you really want to do as soon as you are humanly able to do so.

I woke up feeling "off" a few weeks ago. I realized that it was because my to do list was so huge I didn't have a clue how I was going to fit everything in and I had immediately started to formulate plans in my mind upon awakening. I hadn't done my morning meditation, nor had I allowed myself to wake up slowly. Instead I had jumped out of bed and sprung into hurried action. Not good! So I stopped right then and there, knowing that this sort of energy was not going to support a grace-filled day. I dropped into my heart and realized I wanted to slow down and have breakfast on the patio. I rolled with that and a mere fifteen minutes of outdoor time, reset my spirit. The rest of the day was blissful, beautiful, and highly productive.

I have used these principles in far more serious situations. Years ago when I realized I didn't want to be an engineer forever I was panic'd about creating a new job – so much so that I made a fool of myself trying to procure one. After one particularly unproductive phone call, I stopped. I realized that I was not going to figure this out on my own. I dropped into my heart and realized I wanted to hike a local mountain, and I wanted to know what to do next. I rolled with it and on the top of that mountain, looking down at the numerous paths below, I got my answer. I realized that God could see a path to my desired life from a higher perspective, whereas I had been on one road, seeing only one possible path, and feeling trapped. After that day I surrendered, stopped trying to figure out what I was going to do with my future, and decided to trust. The rest is history and here I am today, in a career I love. It didn't happen because I planned it. It happened because I s topped trying to control my life, dropped into my heart, and rolled with it, trusting God would guide me.

So the next time you start feeling off center or disconnected from your spirit, remember, "Stop, drop, and roll!" Stop for am minute. Relax and breathe. Drop into your heart and see what it really longs for. Roll with that as soon as you are humanly able. When we do this, we recalibrate our energy to align with our spirit. We realign with the streams of grace. And we enter a far kinder, more loving reality once again.