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From Frazzled to Calm and Clear

The events of the past few days took their emotional and mental toll and I found myself feeling frazzled and lost this morning. My mind was racing with multiple to do lists. My thoughts were fuzzy and unclear about what to do next and how to find some calm and joy. Yuck! I needed to take a vacation from my own head!

Have you ever experienced days, weeks, maybe even months when you felt shaken, frazzled, worried and spinning? When you have a vision for your life, whether that is launching and growing your own business or creating a life that is meaningful to you, there is bound to be opposition. Whenever you set out to create anything good, there will be battles.

Opposition to your vision can come from friends, family, strangers, and other people in our lives who may have good intentions (or not) when they give us advice to ditch our dream and return to status quo. I will even venture so far as to say that opposition can come from the unseen world as well, there are dark forces that work against the light you are trying to shine forth in this world through your life and business of purpose.

What should we do when we find our thoughts and emotions stirred up into a frenzy of doubt, darkness and fear that we are missing the boat?

1. Take time to get quiet, place one hand over your heart and one hand over your forehead and breathe deeply. To stop the spinning, the lack of clarity and the worry, we must move from our frenzied thoughts (head) to our heart and soul. Give yourself permission to take time to let your Creator speak soothingly to you and to bring your mind back to the solid ground of heart-knowing. Heart knowing can help the frenzied brain to slow itself and find the eye of calm within the storm.

2. Give yourself a pep talk that your vision, your dream is not just some random thing that popped into your head one day. Vision and dreams come from a life of observing needs, listening to your heart, listening for the heart of God and watering the seeds of dreams little by little over time. When your dream is a false dream, it will center around something shallow. When your dream is a vision of purpose, it will center around bringing life and zest back to your life and the lives of those around you.

3. To help get you out of your head and into your heart, do a creative activity. One exercise I find extremely helpful is to start by drawing (with chalk pastels) the essence of the thoughts and feelings swirling around in my head and body. Assign colors, textures and shapes to the feelings that are disturbing you and draw them. This helps you to express, to get out these feelings – where you can take a look at them and recognize them so they become less powerful and scary.

Next, close your eyes and imagine your heart and mind being quieted by beautiful sounds and sights of nature, words whispered by God to your heart, and beautiful colors, lights and images coming toward you and engulfing you in a warm wave of love and light. Draw the healing images now. Stand back and look at the two contrasts. These differing pictures you’ve drawn have something to teach you and you will notice your thoughts becoming more clear and your heart becoming more engaged with the love and light of life.

Rather than just write about this today, I’ve decided to show you what I do when I need a vacation from my own head. You’ll see the photographs I’ve included in this blog article of my own expressive drawing (I’m entitling it “Frazzled”) and my healing drawing (entitled “In Bloom”). Hope you enjoy them and I hope the simplistic lines, shapes, colors and images will encourage you to draw too. Draw for expression and healing, not to impress your friends with your abilities.


In Bloom


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