The last week, I was on bed rest after twisting my ankle and falling down from aerial yoga.
As a person who believes everything happen for a reason, I really looked hard into the WHY – why did I fall? Why did the Universe put me on bed rest when I really have so much on my plate?
Although I’ve practiced conscious living the past few years, I’ve had decades of living in a rat-race.
What is a rat-race?
It is analogous to the a few rats put in a maze, with only one slice of cheese as a reward. All these rats need to compete with one another to get to the cheese.
This “rat-race” attitude has been drilled to us from a young age – wherein we always felt the need to be in competition mode.
We were pushed to take classes or take jobs that we dislike just to get ahead.
Or we were asked to dress up a certain way and behave a certain way so that we will be deemed accepted and could “stay in the race”
The downside, however, of continuously being in a race is that our focus dwindles from one thing to another – we multi-task, we split our energy multi-ways, we say YES in fear of missing out.
This now adds stress to our physical body thereby causing us to physically “constrict” and giving us less space to work on things.
When our bodies go into this state, we go on “high-alert” and go on survival mode. Anxiety levels go up and our fear becomes bigger than the reality.
This then paralyzes us from taking the “right” action because we are too “focused” on doing all things at once.
That is what happened when I had my injury. I was in a place of my life where I had so much on my plate, and instead of dealing with them one at a time, I wanted to do everything at once.
So when I fell and broke my ankle, I was given another chance to “reset” – to slow down and see all the things that are working properly in my life, and to see how “slowing down” actually helps me stay focused on what’s important right now: packing up for my repatriation, finalizing my rebrand and completing the tasks I have on hand for the international tea events I’m chairing.
Everything else? They are merely secondary.
This realization made me re-prioritized. Over the weekend, I’ve finished quite a lot – despite having a weak ankle.
…because this time, I saw through the overwhelm.
So slow down a bit. Let your monkey mind sleep.
Blessing of miracles,