I am a feeler, an empath. “You’re too sensitive,” I’ve been told.
But over the past ten years, I’ve been practicing being more resilient, more forgiving of myself. Writing helps, finding the parts of my story that don’t work for me any longer. Breathing deeply and whooshing it all away helps, too.
There is such a mystery as to why we act the way we do and make certain choices. Becoming more thoughtful about those choices– and realizing that we do, in fact, have a choice, has helped me feel less stressed.
Two new practices:
- listening to a meditation podcast before I go to sleep each night
- paying less attention to the news
When you forgive, you in no way change the past – but you sure do change the future. Bernard Meltzer
Be kind to yourself….
“But listen to me. For one moment quit being sad. Hear blessings dropping their blossoms around you.” ~ Rumi
Traveling the Danube recently allowed me to put problems with Mom, world events, and stress behind me. What a gift to spend time in places like Prague, Vienna, and Regensburg with good friends.
One thing I’m learning about living with a mom with Alzheimer’s is I can’t let it consume me. I can’t control it. And if I don’t live my own life, too, I won’t be of help to her.
Three things I’m going to do more often that I learned on the trip:
- stop at a local coffee shop and drink espresso mid-morning
- wear clothes that make me happy
- laugh with friends
I also realized I can’t eat anything I want. Whoa, is it easy to get off track while traveling. Pastry, wine, bread, bourbon, wine, strudel… you get the idea. A little goes a long way for me, and I need to protect my gut.
But what a lovely adventure. I will carry it with me for a long time.