I gotta tell ya, since January 20th, like many of you I've felt the tightening grip of ANXIETY.  It makes sense, there is a heap of unsettling stuff going on right now and every day it seems like it's getting incrementally loopier! 

I'll admit, I have found myself blue, feeling a bit defeated and downright sad. Interestingly, it is not solely the political climate and "happenings" that had me down. It cut deeper than that. I was feeling the burn that separation, divisiveness and mistrust had ignited.  I felt as though I was balling up, frustrated and recoiling; deeming myself untouchable and closed down (my worst nightmare!) So after I got all of the moping, ranting, and aggravation of "suspended disbelief" out of my system, I asked myself  "what now?" and here is what I came up with. I hope it helps you too.

I realized that if I was even going to address and win the internal emotional and spiritual battle I was fighting I would actually have to sort through each of the emotions, honor them then one-by-one and then LET THEM GO.

This is much harder than is sounds because I also realize we all get really cozy with our pain and sadness.  It's like we are sitting on a cluster of rusty nails. They hurt, they are uncomfortable, they burn, they cause other "emotional infections" but we are all pretty content to stay seated on the rusty nail. Why? Because we KNOW those nails. They're OUR nails. We are accustomed to them and we know how to muddle through in spite of the familiar nagging pain. We all deserve better than familiar rusty nails.

Familiarity is not a condition to be trusted! Familiarity can lead us to accept pain, sadness, a less than stellar job, a toxic friendship. Why? Because we know the nature of the beast and we have learned how to cope, survive and co-exist with it.

Here is the simple truth. Life will not just miraculously get better. The nails will not dissolve into nothingness and miraculously life will just get better. Not gonna happen. We have to choose the energy we want to align ourselves with, choose temporary discomfort, choose the unfamiliar to begin to pave a road paved with joy, authentic happiness and inner peace.

We have to shift our perspective, work tirelessly on learning to communicate our anger, fears and dreams openly, kindly and authentically. To give the world access to our hearts, ideas and beliefs. We have to BE out loud to actually begin to LIVE and THRIVE out loud. So I have recommitted to living and living out loud and I am determined to encourage and empower as many people as humanly possible to join me in this. 

Together we  will unearth,  reveal, deconstruct and yes, finally detangle our way back to a happier, healthier and more fulfilled place no matter what the circumstances, the political climate or whatever life pitches us. At the root of all of this and fueling our fire will be the quest for peace of mind, happiness, joy and emotional freedom. Get uncomfortable, you got this. xoLisa