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Honor the Void in Your Life
Have you ever unexpectedly
experienced a period where you say to yourself, “Nothing is
happening in my life”? It can be scary or frustrating, but there are
benefits to our growth during an experience like this.
What do these periods look like?
Your business &/or social appointments suddenly decrease and remain
at an all-time low level for an extended period of time.
Nothing you attempt to do happens, despite of your efforts.
You have an unexpected accident that sets you back several days,
weeks, or more.
• Your meditation offers little to nothing in
self-reflection or inspiration.
• You feel like you suddenly
have no purpose &/or you are concerned about the future.
feel like you have hit a wall, while nothing changes.
period like this can be associated with low energy, a sense of
futility, or even despair. They may be brief or drag out, leaving
you wondering when it will end.
I call these periods ‘the
void’. Most of us experience them at least once in our life, but
they usually have a purpose, even if we aren’t aware. My
recommendation is the best way to move through a period like this,
is to honor ‘the nothingness’ and embrace it.
months of mid-December through mid-March can facilitate these
feelings of void and hibernation. So if the void appears for you,
the best course of action is allowing. When we fight it, we become
frustrated making the situation worse and making ourselves feel
worse. Instead, allow it be however it is. When it is ready to be
over, it will move out and we will be refreshed, renewed, and
evolved in some way – either obvious or subtle.
The idea is,
“Oh, here it is again, another void – another period of nothingness.
I honor this and I have learned in the past that this is my
gestation period. This is my nothingness from which I birth a new
aspect of me or transform an old aspect of me or my life. I always
grow and learn from this type of experience, so I allow me to be
without purpose, without direction for a while. I go inside and
honor whatever it is that needs to occur.”
It is hard for
most of us to do this as we are used to action. We live our
schedule, our career, or roles in life, so being faced with ‘the
void’ can be threatening and scary.
The first time I had
this type of experience I felt purposeless, powerless, and
frustrated. Over time, I have accepted how it is okay to be nothing
and do nothing, until ‘the void’ leaves. And, it does leave,
Even the mountain goat who climbs the mountain
cannot sustain going to the top all at once. There are periods when
the goat enjoys the plateau of the mountain – the place of
non-movement, non-growth, non-achievement…..the void.
season of winter is upon us and the energy during this time supports
hibernation. It is an invitation to hole-up and to do introspection
or inner work. It is a time for going within. This cycle represents
void’s ability to facilitate the birth of new movement before the
spring. Bear totem, who hibernates each winter, teaches the
importance of using what is learned during quiet periods to have a
more successful Spring. So, when we embrace the void and learn what
is there for us versus fighting it, it is important to use that
knowledge as we move forward in our life.
Not all voids are
obvious or the messages aren’t always directly clear. But when you
allow, you embrace the transformation that is waiting from the
Enjoy laying low this Winter season, if that’s
how your journey takes shape. Use ‘the void’ to bring forward new
growth just as Winter always brings forward Spring.
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