Embrace the Ride

Life is a Roller Coaster, ya know?

Hello everyone!  So, I’ve been thinking, a lot lately,  perhaps too much, about the RoLLeR CoASteR of life.  We all feel it.  We have ups and downs in our emotions, our energy, and our overall experiences.  No matter who you are, how much money you have, or how successful you are in life, you still feel the ups and downs.  One day it seems like everything’s coming up roses, the next may feel like you are trudging through a pile of mud, and you are just plain

S-T-U-C-K!

For years, I have asked myself, “Self, how can I just coast through life without the downs?” You know, be balanced, and Buddah-like!  Truth is, I’ve learned that without those downs, you don’t really appreciate the ups, and honestly, the roller coaster ride would be quite boring if it was all one level…So, what to do?

No-one really likes the downs

We don’t really look forward to the low energy spurts in our lives.  We don’t normally say, “Come on Universe, bring on the fear.”  However, it still creeps in.  I remember riding roller coasters at theme parks when I was a kid (and oh yes, occasionally, I’ll do that now as an adult), and I would hold on so tight that I thought my little arms were going to break!  I was so afraid that I was going to fall out if I didn’t white knuckle the bar.  I would get off the roller coaster all stiff and sore because I was bracing myself for disaster…pure fear.  As I got older, and more confident in trusting the Universe, I started to go with it’ and allow myself to just enjoy the ride.  Sure, I was still a bit un-nerved by the HUGE drop that was coming up, but instead of white knuckling the bar, I simply held on gently and prepared my mind for what was coming (or what I thought was coming-LOL), which helped to release the fear.

Interestingly enough, as an adult, I sometimes find myself white knuckling the bar in front of me on life’s roller coaster,  instead of just allowing myself to ‘go with it’.  I might question decisions that I make, wonder if I’m doing the right thing, or the worst, ask HOW to get from here to there!

The Beautiful Lesson

You’re most likely going to experience ups and downs in life, because that’s just how it goes.  It’s how we learn.  It’s the Yin and Yan of life.  You must have darkness in order to appreciate the light, and so on, and so on.  Yet, the downs don’t feel so good, and no-one really likes the downs.  So, here’s a TOOL to try…

When you’re feeling up, ask yourself, “What is it that brought me here?”  Really take the time to understand what got you to this point.  Was it your perspective?  Perhaps, a different routine?  What did you do or say in the days or weeks that led you to this up, so to speak.

When you are feeling down, ask yourself, “What is it that led me to this point? and what is it that I am missing?”  You see, we experience ups and downs for a reason.  Don’t be a hater, instead, be a lover!  Love the ups and the downs in life, and know that when you’re feeling down, all you need is a shift in your perspective!

Here are 5 Things to Do When You’re Feeling Down

  1. Crank up some music and sing to the top of your lungs, or dance ’til your exhausted.
  2. Read something inspirational (hint…hint…like this blog or a really good Hay House book).
  3. Take out the Play Doh (that’s right, I said Play Doh) and just allow yourself to BE in the moment.
  4. Connect with someone who inspires you or  makes you laugh.
  5. Immerse yourself in LOVE…snuggle with a pet, listen to your child’s laughter, or look into the MIRROR and say, “I Love you.  I really, truly Love you, no matter what!

Lots of Love & Lots of Light,

Vicki

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3 responses to “Embrace the Ride

  1. So true. Thanks for the reminder! 🙂

  2. Gina Marie Cannistraro

    My roller coaster rarely takes low dives anymore, so when it does, it seems so much worse than it really is, because I’m no longer accustomed to those feelings. I found your blog at the perfect time. Thanks for the boost!

  3. Gina & Amelia- Thanks so much for your comments. I appreciate it! 🙂

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