Breaking and Building

I've been breaking a lot of things lately. To the point where last night my 4 year old Emmy said, "Mama, why is everything always breaking all the time"?! This was after a Pyrex literally exploded on our countertop. Luckily no one was hurt!

I've never been one to break a lot of stuff - until now. And I've found myself recently, instead of questioning how or why something broke, feeling like it actually made sense. Like staying together wasn't really the best thing at the moment. Holding it all together "all the time" (as Emmy would say!) takes a lot of hard work. Sometimes it's a seamless process and it flows naturally - and other times things just need to break so they can be rebuilt in a new way.

The past few years have taught me a lot about the breaking of things - systems, institutions we once relied on, family dynamics, friendships. When something can't go on they way it did it only makes sense for it to crumble so that space can be cleared for the new.

Becoming comfortable with the broken.

Back to the Pyrex - What happens when a glass/mug/bowl/plate/you-name-it breaks? Well, you pause, assess the damage (hopefully only to the glass!) and CLEAN IT UP. Get out those gloves and broom and get to work.

The beautiful thing is, when things stop working as they were, there is a glorious opportunity to create something new, fresh and with a clearer intention.

Picking Up The Pieces

What's working in your life and what isn't? Perhaps things that once flowed beautifully for you and made sense just don't anymore. And that is OK. It's better than OK actually. Because change is growth, even if it feels hard at first.

The first step involves listening to your inner self and paying attention. The ways I find most helpful to listen in are at moments in my life when there can be a pause. For me, yoga and meditation sessions, spending time in nature and journaling are often the most helpful. These things take time and effort to cultivate a practice but it is SO worth it.

If you struggle creating that time and space in your life - well it might be a sign that you need to slow down a bit! But also that you may need to ease your way into these practices. Start with bringing mindfulness into your day through your regular daily activities. When you are brushing your teeth you are focusing only on the sensations of teeth brushing - the taste of the toothpaste, the feel of the bristles on your teeth and gums, the way your breath flows in and out through your nose gently. It almost sounds too simple but if a mindful presence is brought to the littlest moments of your day it will begin to expand from there.

The more you can listen and tune in to your inner self the more clarity you will gain to make those changes that have been nudging at you for some time. And when you start acting on making those shifts you will always have your SELF to rely on and be with if the road feels a little bumpy at first.

About the author

Dr. Kristin Renner is a naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist practicing in the state of Vermont. She has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in complex chronic illness, autoimmune disease, environmentally acquired illness including Tick-borne illnesses(Lyme disease and co-infections) and mold toxicity and focuses on helping women with chronic illness heal mentally, emotionally and physically.

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