I’m inspired to write about this right now, because asking myself constantly, ‘what gives you energy or lifts your spirits or feeds your creative soul?” is supporting me hugely in my healing. I’m practising “Extreme Feed Your Soul” these days. But this doesn’t come easy to people…
When I ask someone what they have planned in their day that will give them energy, (or lift their spirits, or feed their creative soul..) way more often than not, I will hear a sigh and a list of what their day looks like with work, responsibilities, errands, chores, tiredness, lack of sleep, lack of support…. etc etc. And a comment, “There’s no time today.”
The next questions might be ‘What can you let go?” and/or “If you could fit something in, what would you fit in that gives you energy?”
When the person is being coached, they know the questions are important and they do find answers. They are already committed to finding their way to live life more fully.
When this happens in a non-coaching conversation, those same questions usually won’t get an answer – except sometimes if I add, ‘Imagine you’ll win a million dollars just for finding those answers.” More often than not, though, that just elicits thoughts that lead only to dreaming of a lottery win that will save them.
Why won’t people generally take a moment to find those answers? Because they are already blocked from thinking of those possibilities by their realistic vision of what their life looks like. Apparently reality really does bite if it stops people from living more fully.
So. Imagine some cool person you respect… alive or dead or mythical.. calls you up and says “Hey I’m doing a documentary and I’d like you to answer these questions because who you are and what you say matters in the universal scheme of things, whether you think so or not.” They add, “Please don’t dig for something you think is media worthy. Your real answers are the only important ones.” (I do mean imagine: Picture that person, their look, voice, demeanor.. on the other end of your phone, or showing up at your door..) They ask:
1. “What can you let go?”
2. “If you could fit something in, what would you fit in that gives you energy?”
If you aren’t finding answers, think small. Small. Small. Small.
– Tiny things you can let go of.
– Tiny energy giving things you can fit in.
Keep in mind that tiny actions are the ones more likely to be acted upon right away, anyway. Promises to ‘do lots’ weigh heavy. So, whether you found small things, or big things, I invite you to break them down into ridiculously small first steps and take that step. It’ll feel good, honest.
If it helps to imagine a million dollar gift being handed to you just for answering, go ahead and do that. ~smile~
Finding answers now?