When trying show up everyday to do courageous work, every part of our lives matter. Different spheres of our lives either give or drain us of energy, and I’ve too often let myself run dry.
Ending toxic relationships, sleeping 7-8 hours a night, eating nutritious foods, spending below our means, or setting time aside for restorative rest is not just healthy living, but intentionally designing our lives to be the best environment for us show up and do the hard work before us.
In other words, I’m helping future Minnow do his best work.
For me, that’s been about focusing on my breath. My therapist and I have been talking about me learning to accept all the ranges of emotion I have, not just the happy feel good ones. In our last session she said, “When you feel all the emotions, you live a more vibrant life, but you have to tend to them. If you don’t tend to your emotions, you will be reactive.”
So now, whenever I feel an emotion I would’ve rather not dealt with, I’m working on identifying what I’m feeling, locating where in my body it is, and breathing into it rather than reacting or suppressing.
The goal is to express what I’m feeling or needing without being defensive, emotional, or passive aggressive.
You’re welcome future Minnow.