Last week, I came down with a cold. It really wasn't that big of a deal. The symptoms were per usual; just your typical stuffy nose, fatigue, and mental fog. Pretty run of the mill for another change of seasons. It wasn't that big of a deal, until everything started to become a struggle.
I am the type of person who likes to push myself. I like to accomplish. I like to tell my husband all the various sorts of projects that I managed throughout my day. It somehow makes me stand taller and lends a feeling of strength, capability, and general bad-assery. But really, those things just flow and come easy to me most of the time. They come with a sort of ease.
But last week. I didn't feel like this. I felt as though everything was hard. It all became a struggle. But, I kept pushing. I thought, "Well, maybe if I can't do a handful of tasks at once, I'll listen to some podcasts so at least I'm not wasting time. Yes, I'll learn instead." So I pushed myself to learn. My mental fog made this difficult. I struggled to learn. So I tried another approach. I pushed myself to write. At least I could (sort of ) rest and write. I wrote and I rewrote and it all just read like a jumbled mess. And then I probably pushed myself into about 20 or 30 different approaches in order to be productive until I finally tuned in to what I really needed. Until I decided to surrender to effortless ease.
There is a lot of talk about hard work and pushing yourself and "don't stop, won't stop" in our culture. Push, fight, struggle, more. I get it, hard work is important and I believe in devoting time, energy, and focus to anything you want in your life to expand. BUT, what I also believe in is coming from a place of ease. I learned this approach from Deepak Chopra in one of my all time favorite books, Power, Freedom, & Grace. In it, he describes that lasting happiness stems from a place of effortless ease. If you allow it to, the universe will guide you to to joy, happiness, and success if you follow this ease. If you follow its lead in what flows effortlessly from within you and allow for what feels right to you.
So I finally did just that. I sat down, enjoyed a book, drank some fruit water, and threw in a couple of peanut butter cups for good measure. I stopped fighting and started enjoying. I did things that came with ease; I did what felt natural and flowed from inside of me. I put down the to do list, I stopped pushing myself, and just did what flowed. And after a day, my creativity and inspiration returned. Things no longer seemed like a struggle. I scrapped what I was originally going to write (and spend hours on) and allowed this post to come from a place of ease and internal knowledge instead.
Now, I'm not saying that life is always suppose to look like me on the couch enjoying peanut butter cups. I'm not saying that the answer is to throw in the towel. But, maybe if we start approaching our difficult situations with more ease and less fight, just maybe... we will see a different way of being. A way that seems more manageable and contains less stress and more trust. Trust that everything will work itself out the way it is intended to be. I know life wont always come easy. I get it, I have newborn.
I just refuse to believe that our lives have to come from a place of fight and struggle all the time. I believe there is a higher state of being.
I believe that while we might have good intentions surrounding our push hard, struggle more mentalities, maybe we need to introduce more ease into our lives and trust that the universe will guide us if we stop fighting so much and start listening. Start listening to what wants to flow from within us and stop struggling to create what is not meant to be. I believe when we start tuning in more to what flows effortlessly from within us is when more beauty, success, and happiness will be able to unfold in ways we could have never before imagined.
So in this spirit, I felt like doing a giveaway because .... it was just something I felt like doing. And that was enough for me. I just received a beautiful journal for health in the mail: Eat Pretty, Live Well: A Guided Journal for Nourishing Beauty, Inside & Out by Jolene Hart. I wanted to share it with you. It is a follow-up to the author's first book, Eat Pretty, which is full of great information on how to eat more healthfully and feel amazing. I love how guided journals create space for you as a reader to listen to your internal knowledge and reflect. So, for a chance to win a copy of this beautiful guided journal plus a package of peanut butter cups, simply comment on this post below and subscribe to my newsletter. (Go to my homepage and enter your email address in the sidebar) The giveaway will be open until May 5th, and the winner announced on the 6th.
And so my question to you is...How do you stand in the way of your own inner knowledge and effortless ease? What are some ways you incorporate flow, ease, and intuition into your every day?