Feeling heavy today. What is that? Feelings are such an integral experience and driving force in our lives, yet we can’t even put our finger on them half the time. Sometimes I carry a feeling from days before and in the quiet of my heart, over the course of a day or two- it begins to blossom into something larger- sometimes fear, sometimes love or concern, sometimes full fledged joy. But whatever it is- it startles me in full bloom, because of the delayed process and final presentation of a thought, idea or as we’d call it- a full formed “feeling”.
Today I feel sad. I feel a lot of sadness for a lot of things like when I was tired and snapped at Ella- for the mornings I forgot to wake up and honor God with prayer and silence. I feel heavy, because I’m carrying pain and sorrow for those hurting beside me. Even though life get’s busy and all I can offer is a quick thought or passing prayer, the afflictions of my family, friends and neighbors eventually settle into my heart. And the only way to process emotions or feelings is to ride them out- live from moment to moment enveloped in their weight and impression.
This happens for me quite often when I’m traveling for work and don’t have time to decompress. Which is why I really value my down-time and intentionally create boundaries around my family time & schedule… During my recent travels I had the beautiful opportunity to catch up with my best friends and create irreplaceable life memories, so I’d never want to dismiss those experiences, but rather embrace both in their time.
These are some photos from my recent work trip to LA:
When life get’s busy however, here are a few ways to carve out the time and mind-space to be present.
- Set aside 5-10 minutes in the morning to journal and read an inspiration book like the bible or an inspirational verse.
- Ask yourself how you’re doing and make space to let yourself “feel” what you’re feeling.
- Practice gratefulness. Write out a list (this could even be one thing) of the things you feel grateful for including your health, the health of loved one, your job, etc.
These few steps can be quite helpful when you find yourself feeling anxious or sad without any obvious cause. I find that we can get so busy in today’s world that the emotional responses are often delayed, adding confusion to otherwise normal emotional responses.
What do you do on the daily to ensure a life lived in the presence? Any tips on how to maintain mental health and balance from day to day? Please leave your thoughts and comments below…