What to do when you feel overwhelmed.
Recently I had a doozy of a week.
On Monday I got my second shingles vaccination, and I was not expecting to be down for several days! I later learned that it creates a reaction in my immune system. At first I thought I was getting the flu. Body aches, headaches, extreme fatigue, not to mention the sore arm at the sight of the injection.
Yes I am a pro vaccination girl. I am not here to argue about the current state of affairs on the controversy surrounding vaccines. This is just leading up to the rest of the story.
So the good news was the symptoms did not begin until the following day. This was good because Monday was packed with clients. Always my busiest day.
I guess my Higher Power knew what I was going to need, because, as it turned out, I had intentionally blocked off the next day on my calendar to see clients that could not for whatever reason book online and to catch up on busy work. Work out in the yard. Exercise. Clean house. Get ready for an upcoming event. Write a blog. Write and print out wedding ceremonies. Change out all the blinds in the house. Miraculously, the scheduled clients canceled.
I would experience chunks of time when I felt fine, followed by extreme exhaustion and flu symptoms. My go-to flu remedy, Oil of Oregano, was on duty all week.
And then my computer froze.
It had been overheating on and off for about a week. I would turn it off and let it rest. But then it began to refuse to turn off. I would think I had turned it off only to return hours later and find it was still hot and bothered. Eventually I had to chat with customer support to help me turn it off.
And then it dawned on me.
That sounds like me!
I think I am turned off. I am taking my walk through nature. I have moments of inspiration and connection with Spirit. And then I catch myself planning my next thing. I turn off the thoughts again. I am focusing on my breath. And then I suddenly realize I am contemplating the subject of my next blog, or deciding what I am going to buy at the grocery store, or whatever. I am not really off.
Eventually, Spirit had to disconnect me from my computer so I could not write a blog, or catch up my bookkeeping, or whatever whatever.
The shingles vaccine symptoms combined with the non-functioning computer were the Universe's way of getting me to take a break.
As the Universe would have it, my computer decided to come on moments before my monthly Zoom meditation.
The next morning I realized or remembered that many times our electronic objects reflect what is going on in us. My body had been trying to tell me it was okay to turn off and rest but I was bound and determined to get my walk in, pull up the dead flowers in the yard, and etc etc.
If you find objects that are a close part of your life like computers, cars, washing machines, or phones acting up, take a moment of self reflection. Does the problem reflect anything going on in your life? Phones and computers are often symbols of communication. Are there problems in that area? In my case, the overheating was symbolizing the need to turn off on occasion. I once had a washing machine that would begin beeping arbitrarily even if I was not using it, letting me know Spirit was around or had a message of some kind for me. Smoke detectors often would alert me to spirit activity or upcoming events. Oh and I could write an entire blog on car problems!
In my case, Spirit told me that there are times I need to turn off and just be. Unless there is an imminent event that needs attention, the blog can wait. The books can wait. It is okay to turn off.
Today, if you feel overworked, over tired, or just plain exhausted, it is okay to turn off. Especially those of us who are sensitive to the spirit world or energy, these days have been really intense! Emotions flying through the astral realms are off the charts. It does not help that even lightworkers seem to be divided.
It is important to schedule times of self-care and inner reflection. Recharge your batteries! Don't look at your time with Spirit as another obligation. This is your time! If sitting in silence is not your thing, get outside in nature. Drink a cup of tea or even a glass of wine if you don't have addiction issues. Do something that feels good.
Life is meant to be joyful. Yes, we are here to shine our lights and create a more loving and peaceful world. We are here to affect the lives of others in a positive way. But we are also here to experience joy and have fun!
Just for today, do something that feels good to you! Enjoy life. Turn yourself off for a little bit or even a bit longer if you feel overheated or overwhelmed.
Be good to yourself.