How many times have you caught yourself saying life is too stressful, or there is too much pressure on me? Does it feels like there is more stress and more pressure than ever before and that you just need to catch a breath of air? Yet without pressure coal cannot become a diamond.
So what are you doing with the pressure in your life? Are you using it to your advantage or are you letting it take you down? It is all about balance, yet how do you find that balance especially when you are feeling like the pressures and stress in your life have swallowed you up?
One of the first things you can do is change the way you see pressure. Pressure can be both good and bad. Open the door on the possibility that pressure can also serve you. You have to not let the pressure build and get out of hand, to know when to diffuse some of the pressure so you are not like a pipe with too much pressure and you burst.
I have found that I need pressure in life to get things accomplished….. When I don’t have a deadline, or a date in time that I want something accomplished, things seem to always get put on the back burner until tomorrow and then it seems they never gets done, especially if it is something that I really don’t like doing.
I have had all of my belongings from the house I sold in storage for 5 years. Since I sold my house I have been a wanderer, living in other people’s homes. I have now moved into a place of my own and have gotten my belongings out of storage. Unpacking has not just been about finding a place for everything, it has been about releasing a good portion of my belongings since I no longer need them and I do not have room for them. This is not something I have been looking forward to, and it feels extremely overwhelming. I can find myself walking in circle and finding something else to do rather than tackling the unpacking.
Here comes the pressure for me… We are having 2 guests coming from out of town to visit the end of the month and all of my boxes are in the space where they will be staying. I am using the pressure of the date and my desire that they have a clutter free space to sleep in, to motive me to unpack and release what is no longer needed. Without this pressure I would have continued to put off what I didn’t really want to do.
Writing the Creation Exercises can also help you open the valve and let some of the pressure off so you don’t burst. If you feel overwhelmed, write an anytime observing. You can take the pressure off of a situation by becoming a witness, an observer, so you don’t feel so attached to something. Let it open up into something that you may not have been aware of. Also by writing an observing it creates a larger picture rather than just focusing on one small aspect. Don’t forget to write a craving on what you do want to see in your life. A craving creates a larger field for something to exist in. I wrote a craving on unpacking my boxes with grace and ease by the end of the month. I don’t know now, and I don’t have to know how, all I know is that I didn’t feel the pressure after I wrote the craving as I did before. Writing the craving allowed me to let some of the pressure off and I felt like Creation and Time were now working with me.
When you signed up for the 90 Day Creation Project, you just applied pressure. You said that for 90 days you would write a craving or an observing. You may have even found yourself questioning why you signed up for this since it feels like just one more thing you have to do in your day. Guilt may have set in because you couldn’t do what you said you were going to do. You may have even found you stopped writing the Creation Exercise because you wanted to reduce the stress in your life.
There are days, that as I crawl into bed, I realize I haven’t written a Creation Exercise AND by having the pressure of the commitment to the 90 Days I have written them more than I would have if I had not committed. The pressure of the 90 Day Creation Project has served me.
So if you find yourself as being one of the ones who have stopped writing them or beating yourself up because you haven’t been able to do them every day….. STOP!!!! It doesn’t serve you or anyone else to make it a problem. Use the pressure to recommit and do the best you can and recommit to writing the Creation Exercises. Even if you say the Creation Exercise in your head, you are making a difference for yourself and for humanity. Together we will change the reality we live in. We will make diamonds out of coal.