“I don’t believe one grows older.
I think that what happens early on in life is that
at a certain age one stands still and stagnates.”
– T. S. Eliot
Gnawing discomfort, subtle unrest and sluggish energy are often signals that it is time to break out and change up our life. Growth is part of life and life is consistently nudging us to participate in our own evolution.
It’s great when we consciously feel these inner stirrings. We recognize the opening and with this awareness we take action to make changes. We try new things and shake up our routines. We jump start our energy and our juice begins to flow again.
Yet, often in our busy lives, we don’t recognize the signs of stagnation and don’t see the opportunities for growth. Instead, we keep doing what we’ve always done, we get comfortable, we put up with and slowly begin to shut down and decline. We miss the opportunities that keep our spirit vital and our mind and body flexible.
Here are a few of the more subtle and unconscious signs that signal it’s time to change it up and get your flow going again:
You feel unhappy in your current situation. Get honest with yourself. Be courageous and let go of situations, places, hobbies and people that no longer resonate with your aliveness. Loyalty is an attribute, until your loyalty becomes martyrdom and you forget to add Your happiness into the equation. Life is fluid and you are fluid, so stay juicy.
You romanticize the past to escape the present. What are you feeling or avoiding now? Start a breath practice to build your energy and get present to you now.
You feel like you are just going through the motions.
When you feel numb to life, most likely you’ve lost passion and motivation. Gentle you by giving yourself experiences you love each day. Pamper, recreate and take time for the little things that nurture you. This will get your flow moving again.
Your actions don’t align with your words.
Actions will always speak louder than words. If you aren’t doing what you say you are going to do, recognize how you are sabotaging your self-esteem. Inherently, we don’t feel good about ourselves when we don’t keep our agreements. Make a commitment to yourself to do what you say you are going to do and notice that you begin to flow with your life.
Your relationships feel superficial. Deepen conversation by saying the hard truths. Be willing to feel your emotions and go through conflict to find depth on the other side.
You dream there is more to you than you are currently experiencing. Trust these internal nudges as a catalyst to explore the freedom that self-awareness provides.
Hopefully, you are consciously engaged in the ever-expanding you and feeling your life force vital and your spirit free.