My best advice for the seriously conflicted

Are there moments when you feel that you are not understood, seen or heard? Are there times when your personal world does not seem in step with that of others?

It can be hard to find our authentic selves in today’s wide, wild world of stress, press and acceleration. It can be difficult to find coherence amidst the swirl of chaotic personal energies. You can feel torn, divided and conflicted.

The “old” you is struggling to make sense of the nascent “new” you. Akin to adolescence, this is what we call in psychology the death of the ego. The death of an old you and the birth of the new you. We see this with major shifts in consciousness and seminal life moments that stretch us to the next platform of being, such as parenthood, promotions, divorce, illness. accidents and the like.

My best advice: Take all of the sensory input, awareness of symbols, dream images and synchronistic happenings as gifts. There serve as path markers and directional influences. There is no need to rush through the waves of uncertainty and the push/pull of life to find sure footing. As you know well by now, sure footing is fleeting at best.

Go gently. Go mindfully. It is the only way to absorb and recalibrate. And above all, listen to your heart; it’s a powerful font of wisdom.

Thanks to Mischa Richter for this cartoon, licensed from The New Yorker Collection, and featured in my first book, Balancing Act: Reflections, Meditations and Coping Strategies for Today’s Fast-Paced Whirl.


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6 Responses to My best advice for the seriously conflicted

  1. Adele Ryan McDowell March 31, 2017 at 9:31 pm #

    Annie, Annie, Annie, how wonderful to hear from you!!! Sending you buckets of love and good juju, Adele

  2. Annie Kane March 29, 2017 at 12:08 pm #

    Thanks Adele. I appreciate your words, ‘though rarely seem to take time to say so. And yes you bring me smiles!
    many kind regards, Annie

  3. Adele Ryan McDowell March 27, 2017 at 11:32 pm #

    Yes, indeed! Let’s all buckle up. Those pesky winding tunnels. xx

  4. Na'ama Yehuda March 27, 2017 at 11:04 pm #

    Synchronicity certainly seems to be in high speed revolution these days. Buckling up is always good for wide rides in winding universal tunnels… xoxo ?

  5. Adele Ryan McDowell March 27, 2017 at 10:14 pm #

    Amen!! And you make me laugh! xx

  6. Stefania Masoni March 27, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

    Immobility has its virtues…