If the global events over the last two years have left you feeling some type of way, I recorded this episode with you in mind because I so relate!
Tune in as I share a story (hadithi) and some simple things we can do to keep hope alive when we feel like the storms of life are threatening to break us.
1. Context - The meanings we derive from events can help us better navigate the storms of life. Having a WHY or a purpose that motivates us to hold on to hope is crucial.
2. Connection - Because we're social beings, community care and mutual support are crucial during the storms of life. Being around safe people during the bending seasons of life makes a huge difference to your well-being and bounce-back factor.
3. Compassion - Sometimes, we can be so hard on ourselves when things are not going as we want. I invite you to be gentle, kind, and compassionate with yourself. Humanity is hurting too, so extend compassion to others - but without sacrificing your own needs. Self-care and healthy boundaries are not being selfish.
4. Cues - The ongoing events can be triggering and dysregulating for our nervous system. The opposite of triggers is glimmers - cues of safety and connection. Look for cues of glimmers with people, places, and activities. And while healing our triggers is a personal responsibility, it's wise to remember energy vampires, keyboard warriors on social media, and passive-aggressive folks projecting their issues are not cues of glimmers.
5. Change - It's inevitable despite the uncertain times we're living in. But instead of being on edge in reactive mode, consider proactive steps you can take to reduce the helplessness we feel during the have during storms of life. Where possible, being proactive can reduce the stress that comes when unexpected changes are thrust upon us.
6. Christ - What in the world does Jesus Christ even have to do with all this?! Good question...
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