When you’re IN IT…
Deep in the intensity…
Feeling the chaos and heaviness…
Caught up in the anxiety and challenge…
Paralyzed by the fear…
Unsure of where to go or how to resolve…
What do you do?

For the last week and then some, I have been drowning in a sea of stress to the point of inducing panic attacks (which are not my norm). The stressors were old and deep – things I have worked on and transformed; things I thought were sorted and resolved. And yet here they were in all their tangled mess of glory. So familiar that I immediately received them as somehow indicative of my current moment of life — that I was doing something or being something VERY wrong. The fear and weight of it all felt so real.

But my response to this experience was something new – an affirmation of who I truly am and how far I have come. Rather than resorting to my old and very well-worn survival patterns (e.g. stuffing, numbing, denial, withdrawing, disconnecting); I chose to be present with myself and the discomfort. I chose to see what potential it might offer me. I chose to not identify with the old limiting beliefs and identities, but to acknowledge and honor their presence. I chose to let go of any places I was still tethered to them. In the roaring face of shadow, I chose to double-down on my deepest Truth.

No matter the circumstances, I choose who I am and what is possible for me. And I can choose again in every moment, in every breath of Life. I choose to be all of me. I choose to know and embody my value and brilliance. I choose to allow and receive the support that surrounds and infills me. I choose to co-create my wildest dreams and deepest desires. I choose to serve the world from the inside-out, knowing that my very heartbeat is necessary.

When you’re in the thick of it…  Remember who you are. Remember that you have the opportunity to choose – to choose meaning; to choose your own capacity and possibility; to choose again. Remember that you are already whole and complete, just as you are (even when you feel the mess of our humanity.)

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