I don’t want to discount that we are in the midst of winter, a time of emptiness in many ways. We do naturally need more rest and stillness. Yet, I do feel that the given the challenging times we are living in, more folks are feeling empty and depleted and perhaps less able to replenish themselves than at other times.
“You can’t pour from an empty cup!”
Often, when we passionate about creating change or are in helping roles, we tend to push ourselves very hard. This energy is a driving force! However, it is easy to ultimately deplete ourselves leaving us unable to sustain our purpose and passion – we can’t pour from an empty cup.
So why does my cup feel so full right now? Well, one thing is I have been taking a good amount of time this season to go within, to be still and to listen. It’s been hard given what’s happening in our world and I’ve had to find ways to weave in and out stillness and taking action.
Another thing is that I have spent the last week at a training on a process called Intentional Peer Support. There were some principles in this training that strongly resonated with me; and immersing myself for 5 days in a community of heart-centered individuals nourished me beyond what I could have imagined at this time.
With a focus on building relationships to create change, in IPS we are guided by 4 tasks:
- Moving Towards
Taking the time to explore this helped me to have a greater understanding of myself and others; and through connecting in a deeper way, my cup filled up naturally.
In Shamanic Healing, we talk a lot about connection. We are reconnecting with self, others, the world around us and ultimately Source/God/Creator, however you define that for yourself.
“Take time to nurture and replenish you body, mind and soul.”
I was blessed to have this week-long experience, however I believe we can fill our cups in many ways. Taking time to go within and listen is a good place to begin.
As you do, ask yourself the question, “Am I feeling connected right now?”.
- With Yourself
- In Your Relationships
- With Nature
- With Source/God/Creator/Universal Energy (however you define this)
Take some time to journal or explore how you can deepen your sense of connection right now. I invite you to make a list of 5 – 10 things you can do to connect and begin to explore each one.
Remember, it is in filling your own cup that you become more able to give to others and the world!
If you’d like to come explore with me, I have two things happening this month to share…
- Healing The Shadow Shamanic Journey Group in Annapolis Spring Series starts on 2/25 – register for 1 or all 3 sessions via Eventbrite.
- Energy Balancing Session Special Offer is happening now through 3/3. (Regularly $100, now $80 – Gift Certificates Available)
For information on both offerings or to sign up, see my latest E-news.
I’ll leave you with this quote:
“When we know ourselves to be connected to all others, acting compassionately is simply the natural thing to do. ”
~ Rachel Naomi Remen