A Place To Rest
Life can lead us through disorientating, uncomfortable, and exhausting seasons. It might be the result of a deliberate choice (pursuing something desirable), a forced shift (dealing with an expected or unforeseen change in circumstances), or a gradual transition (responding to a chain of events over time).
During a season like that, chances are we have spent a lot more time in stress response mode (flight, fight, freeze, or fawn).
Highly sensitive people are likely to be on high alert, be hyper-vigilant, and absorb a lot of sensory information as they scan their surroundings. This is mainly happening below our conscious awareness and builds over time (a whole life). We might exist in a functional freeze state (numb but effective).
A sustained period like this can ultimately lead to overwhelm and burnout due to persistent dysregulation in the nervous system, and tension in the body and mind. This is especially true if we've had little opportunity (or we don't know how) for the parasympathetic nervous system to kick in and do its thing (bring us back to a deeper calm).
If this sounds familiar, you're not alone; there's nothing wrong with you. You're in the right place, alongside people at different stages in their relationship with this stuff.
True rest is not a state of apathy or isolation. Humans are built to thrive in community and connection with others. It's never too late to find this.
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I've put together Reclaim Rest to help you understand rest in a different way (not the way we're taught to see it), and learn how to build it into life so you can grow your life from sustainable and meaningful roots on your own terms.
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What Do You Need?
Pause. Take a deep breath. Focus your attention inwards....
What am I feeling?
What do I need right now? (e.g. Air, Food, Movement, Exercise, Shelter, Water, Sunlight, Earth, Sustainability, Touch, Sensuality, Affection, Wellbeing, Stillness, Relaxation, Healing, Ease, Rejuvination, Flow, Connection)
What is one small action I could take right now meet that need?
These questions are intended to help focus your attention on what is alive in you right now. To give permission to the feelings and needs that you notice, and to make a gentle request of yourself as you identify potential ways to meet those basic needs.
This is not a demand to do more. It's an invitation into a place of safety and rest. Feel free to engage with and use the questions in ways that help you. Hold them gently and lightly. Let them converse with your spirit, and allow them to guide you towards a new place of healing as you gradually restore your energy.
An Invitation To Rest
If you are feeling alone and sense that you have an unmet need for connection (and understanding), the community is full of big-hearted gentle rebels who "get it". You are so welcome to join us.
The Haven is a place of rest and refuge. Maybe you need to spend time reconnecting with the core of your being right now. There's no pressure to do anything more than take some deep breaths and know that you're not alone. You are accepted just as you are. You belong and you are welcome, just as you are.
If you're feeling overwhelmed and stuck in survival mode, you can join me for a One-to-One chat by The Fireside. We can explore some possible options to help you bring the boat back from the choppy waters and into your harbour again.