By Lisa Meade
Life has its disappointments.
People let you down, circumstances do not lead you to your hopes and dreams, others make choices that don’t align with yours and so on. How do you roll with the energies that rise up from this place of loss? The way in which you respond can either help you find your way through or find you in a undertow that will cause you tremendous struggle.
In a recent loss of a land we had hoped to build our homestead on, I found myself in a flood of feelings to swim through.
While I try to live a life without expectations, it is not always easy. Our passions and our dreams often bring us to a place in life where we are filled with anticipation. All is well, if the next sequence of events unfolds in the way or at least somewhat like what you hoped for.
But when they don’t we find ourselves feeling a bit lost, maybe feeling a little empty or sad and trying to figure out what is next.
When this happens, I try to give myself time for pause. I need to be present with my feelings, rather than stuff them or ignore them. In the past, when I would do this, they would only surface once again, a bit later, often during a very inconvenient time, bringing with them a fury of energies that was disproportionate to what they originally were.
Quite a mess to mop up. Eventually, I figured out I could save myself a good deal of clean up if I would just give them room right at the beginning of their bubbling forth.
Sitting in this place of pause I can grieve if I need to. I can also allow the disappointment to rise up and then release it. I don’t hold onto it begrudgingly. I don’t fester over it. And with time, I can look beyond.
That is the beauty of feelings, they come and go, if we allow them to.
I picture myself riding the waves, rising and falling, sinking and surfacing, but always able to walk out of the waters of emotions. They are an important part of who I am, but they do not define me or control me.
Each time I can do this, I find a new depth has been reached within. I find a better understanding of who I am, why I do what I do, how I can evolve and where I am stretched.
What a tremendous gift! Life brings us to these places for a reason.
We may not always know why, but surely it serves us to be fuller, more aware, and closer to our truth.
So when disappointment washes over you, do not run and hide. Allow the shower to wash over you. Seek cover to wait it out.
Pause and be. Feel and release.
Open your heart and soul to the truth as it unfolds and embrace the gifts to be found there.
Editor: Dana Gornall