Life is continuing at a very fast pace, and this is the time of year when I begin to feel symptoms of emotional exhaustion. The simplest tasks seem to take a lot of effort, I just want to lie on the sofa and do nothing, and I can barely comprehend the regular routine of being a mother and freelancer. Death has visited again recently, and while I am not directly affected, I feel the weight of grief and emotional stress from my friends as they work through the events that have occurred.
I would like to retreat from social life and take time to sit alone in meditation, but that is not practically possible right now. I can take five minutes here and there before someone comes looking for me, but true peace will evade me until such time as I am properly alone. My reiki practice has developed sufficiently that I have learned methods to use during the day. Simple cleansing exercises like dry bathing, deep breathing and drinking water rather than coffee can make a huge difference to my emotional state. I don’t always adhere to these principles, much as I know they can help, but I at least have the knowledge to help myself when life becomes too difficult. I want to be present for my friends and family. But first I must be present for myself, prepare to engage with a world full of demands, and learn to step back before I crumble under the pressure. We will get through this.
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