One Step Back – Two Forward

Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen at once.     Paulo Coelho

And what normally happens when this occurs? We freeze!! Overwhelm and anxiety set in because we put ourselves up on wanting to do too many things at once and end up doing nothing. 

This is my story for the past months. Cramming too many actions to carry out through that lovely schedule strategy that I keep changing time and time again hoping to achieve everything.

You know what happens. Each task then creates a response that evolves into other things to do and in no time we are trapped in a cobweb of activities that need to be done at once.

Such is, I believe, how our lives of today are evolving, as the online world becomes ever more interconnected with our real world.

So many possibilities, so many beautiful connections! Sometimes it feels like being in Wonderland with lovely people to engage with, great creations to admire and read, many different attractions to visit for expressing one’s creativity. Each one a world on its own with its own rules and strategies to learn. And so we run, like super-excited children, from one place to another without knowing where to go, which one to choose, but wanting to be everywhere at once.

Maybe soon cloning will have to become a reality!

But we are not in wonderland and survival calls on us every day to remind that certain results have to be obtained, so whatever we choose to do has to lead us towards that direction.

The feeling of overwhelm always means the same thing: You’re too heavy on the action and not heavy enough on the alignment of energy. Abraham Hicks

The only solution I have found, that has proved me right every time, is taking a long step back from everything and stop all activity for a while. At least those that we can control.

Stop Social Media, even if it is for business.
Stop creative work.
Stop everything that produces stress.

Just focus on activities that are simple, usually physical, like gardening, that require little thinking, cooking, household repairs, putting yellow rose

Spend time observing Nature.  Look how everything flows naturally. The wind moving the leaves, the birds calling on one another and finding what they need. Everything is moving together in a steady rhythm and each is concerned with one thing at a time.

Just doing nothing and having those still moments is what really rejuvenates the body.     Miranda Kerr

So now look at your overall situation and pinpoint those elements that will bring you forward, nearer to your goals. Those that feel easy to do and flow naturally from you without too much struggle. Now do only one until it is completed, or until you are tired. Have a rest. Pace yourself. Then move to the next one.

And when again everything wants your attention at once. Step back. Sit quietly in Nature. Feel your energy at that moment, out of all those things there will be one you really feel like doing. So that is what you concentrate on until it is finished. And on to the next one.

If it is something that could take some time, break it down into short achievable little goals. The point is to make your mind feel that it is accomplishing what it wanted to do. And that will give you so much strength for the next task.

If we don’t see a failure as a challenge to modify our approach, but rather as a problem with ourselves, as a personality defect, we will immediately feel overwhelmed.    Anthony Robbins

I stopped writing for this blog and the update of my photography
I stopped Instagram and Facebook
I stopped drawing and making Art which is a fundamental part of my creative process.
I then concentrated on the first two goals. One at a time. Both achieved in one week. I finished the first step on the third. I then took a rest and felt the urge for writing. One post done. Another step forward.

I create from a position of love and peace, which starts within me, around me and in alignment with the mind. If there is too much tension, a thinking overload, confusion and unaccomplished tasks, that sense of harmony that I wish to express through my Art which may benefit you, will not come out, obviously.tiny white flowers

Challenge is the pathway to engagement and progress in our lives. But not all challenges are created equal. Some challenges make us feel alive, engaged, connected, and fulfilled. Others simply overwhelm us. Knowing the difference as you set bigger and bolder challenges for yourself is critical to your sanity, success, and satisfaction. Brendon Burchard

Just yesterday I participated in a lovely Live Chat at with Jen Clarke on Facebook about Positive Mindset, and how important it is when we want to achieve anything in life.

Life is not easy and we are constantly crossing each other’s paths, each one of us with our own energies, sometimes good or bad, so we are bound to be affected from what’s around us, which unconsciously can bring our energy down. We must be conscious of this, this is life, and we must constantly find strategies that can help bring ourselves up again to that place of serenity.

Mantras (a repetitive phrase or word) are and have always been for me a great tool to force the mind out of negative thoughts. I acquired a lovely little book about different Mantras from , which you can check out.
But you can also try with just repeating Peace and Love or some word – phrase that sparks positivity within you instantly, and come up with it everytime you catch the mind sneaking into that dark corner.

Positivity attracts positivity. It is one of the laws of physics. Quantum Physic and Positive Thinking Unfortunately overwhelm make us forget that, so creating little, yet simple habits that we see that work, becomes vital. One step back to make two forward.

Anxiety happens when you think you have to figure out everything all at once. Breathe. You’re strong. You got this. Take it day by day.     Karen Salmansohnred poppy


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