Right now, I am devouring Kate Northrup's new book, Do Less: A Revolutionary Approach to Time & Energy Management for Moms. There are a lot of reasons that this book is great, including that it empowers women to honor their monthly cycles and takes the pressure off of pushing to be productive all of the time. Obviously, since my mission is to help moms who are burning out this message is music to my ears.
But that’s not the only reason I am sharing about it; it’s actually because there was a part in the book that brought me to tears. Kate shared about getting her period for the first time and the feeling she had around having to bleed each month. It took me back to the SHOCK of getting my period for the first time. While I had learned that it was going to happen it was totally different when it actually happened to ME. It made me feel more like a grown-up, more of a woman, but I also HATED it. Yet I can see how having my period each month made me more aware of my body. It made me notice how my emotions and body changed over the month. It definitely made me more self-aware. Each SHOCKING experience I have endured has ultimately helped me to grow.
The energy for being able to endure shock can be found in the Gate 51, which is part of the individual circuitry and has a drive to mutate or transform a person’s life and eventually the world we live in. Most of us would like to avoid being shocked in our lives (unless when we are watching a scary movie), and yet it is one of the best transformative tools for forcing us to grow into the best versions of ourselves.
My invitation for you on this New Moon and while the Sun is transiting in the Gate 51 is to look back on the shocking experiences you have had in your life. Notice how much stronger you are today and acknowledge what you have lived through. Pay attention to how these kinds of experiences brought you closer to spirit (or your life purpose). Most importantly, remember that wonderful lives are full of “good” and “bad” experiences and they both need to be welcomed if we are going to maintain our well-being.
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