There are moments in my life where I am cast into complete darkness. I am completely thrown for a loop and violently tossed out of my comfort zone. My foundation feels so shaky, the entire world appears to be crumbling. Not only do I feel uncomfortable and insecure. I feel spiritually distraught, sensitive, and über emotional. I am filled with dread, a deep fear to do anything at all. It feels like a complete break down.
Perhaps you know what I’m talking about.
Have you found yourself in a dark cave with no sense of up or down? Maybe you are paralyzed with fear, incapable of making decisions or unsure where to turn? Perhaps a recent crisis has sent you into a tailspin? Maybe your life appears smooth sailing from the outside, but inside your completely and totally lost?
When you have these experiences, all your prior thoughts, expectations, and beliefs about yourself and the world become irrelevant. They’re thrown out the window.
Your dark night may come in the form of a personal crisis or a family emergency. It could be an illness, an accident, or an unraveling of your career. It could be rock bottom of an addiction, an eating disorder, or an abusive relationship. Our wild souls manifest these moments in various ways. But however it manifests, the trajectory of your life and how you imagined it unfolding is forever changed.
What’s more, when you’re deep in it, it can be extremely difficult to maneuver in the darkness.
So today, I’d like to offer you a few ways to navigate these moments in your life with grace and a sense of greater purpose.
So, tell me... when you’ve found yourself in this kind of dark night of the soul experience, what have you done to navigate your way through the darkness?
Maybe it’s something that I’ve mentioned here. Maybe it’s not. Whatever it is, I’d love to hear what worked for you to stay grounded, present, and moving forward.
Please leave a comment below. Remember that your story is my story, and my story is her story. By sharing our stories and our experiences, we can gain tremendous healing and growth together knowing we're not alone. You never know what someone else may be going through and your experience, or even a simple "AMEN SISTER!" can really make a difference.