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.