I am immersed in study and personal growth. Each day I begin with my breathwork practice and this is followed by hours of learning, reflection, creativity and writing as I continue my Creative Therapies training. This work is deep and it both fulfills and challenges me on levels I have not entered before. And then in between my dives into the depths of consciousness, I come up for air to be Mum, Wife, Friend, Mover and Entrepreneur, to name just a few of the roles and labels I both willingly and unwillingly take on.
Sometimes I think it is like a boiling pot with ingredients that perhaps don’t match and yet when they all are mixed together and in balanced quantities it creates a sweet taste that feels divinely perfect to me.
Each ingredient, each label in my life has an impact on my experience of life as a whole. Sometimes it is a negative impact, making the taste slightly bitter, but as I said before, when this is balanced it can highlight the sweetness, improving the overall effect.
I guess the problem comes in when/if there are too many labels given to us or perhaps taken on for some other reason, that are not in alignment with our true selves and purpose in life. Too much bitterness is added to the pot and soon the sweetness of life is forgotten as our experience becomes the labels and roles we play and thus the stories we tell ourselves because of these labels.
3 years ago, in the middle of burnout, my pot was bitter. I was playing roles and accepting labels that were not “Me” at all. But I could not see it…. I was afraid to see it. I had worked hard on creating my pot and I thought that if I continued with the labels and got better at them that my pot would sweeten. It did not sweeten. It got darker and more stale the harder I tried to convince myself that the story I was playing in my head was true…. Until the pot broke.
It sounds like a sad story, and truly this is the story I could tell myself (and others) but the truth is that “breaking” was the best thing that ever happened to me. I found/created a new pot and very consciously began adding only the ingredients (labels) that were in alignment with who I am and want to be.
In saying this, I want you to know, you don’t need to break in order to change your brew… And I would argue that it is a smoother process (both for you and those around you) if you can find a way to sweeten your pot without breaking first!
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