Is your soul-tired?
It’s been a stressful couple of years. The uncertainty, the disruption, the lack of normal. We’ve had much to grieve — time lost with family and friends, changed or cancelled plans, lost jobs, lack of security and so much more besides. We’ve been on tenterhooks of what comes next, whether there is a next, whether tomorrow will bring us closer to normalcy or deliver us another blow. We’ve been bombarded with fear-based messaging, a constant drone of negativity and divisive psychological languaging that has sunk into the consciousness of much of the population, driving divisions between couples, friends and families.
Most years, it gets to Christmas and people come in to my clinic space saying how tired they are, but this year is different, it feels like previous years amplified.
People are using the term ‘soul-tired’. They feel exhausted down to the bone, like they can barely move forward, that their sleep seems like it will never again nourish them and allow them to wake feeling rested and ready for the day.
However, soul tiredness doesn’t exist. Our soul is infinite, it is endless, unlimited, timeless and unbound by our human constraints. It is the part of us that lives it’s fullest every day finding strength when we thought we had none, with which we take the next step, face the next problem and comfort our loved ones in times of need. It allows us to move forward with courage, grace and dignity when all we want to do is curl into the foetal position in the corner of a room for a few hours to reset.
Our souls are magical and mystical, and draw energy from Universal Source, not from our human, limited supply.
What I would argue that most people are actually feeling is a deep nervous system tiredness, a trauma based tiredness, a human tiredness. This kind of tiredness feels heavy, draining and contractive. It can often feel like expansion belonged to another time and feeling lightness is illusive.
As humans we are built for connection, for community, for togetherness, and yet, since before March last year we have been driven apart with social distancing whilst hiding our facial expressions and certain forms of human connection behind masks. We have had a constant stream of media preaching our demise if we step out of the mandates and community restrictions.
Usually during times of collective trauma, we get an energetic break — we have certainly not in my time on this Earth, been through an event which has shaken the entire world in this way for such a long time. We can usually know that within a more localised event, such as the bushfires that ravaged Australia through 2019 and 2020, that when people go to bed, the energetic heaviness lifts and takes a break until morning. With this global activity, as we are waking, others are heading to sleep and as we head to bed to rest and rejuvenate others in countries from opposite time zones are waking for their day. As such, energetically there is no downtime, there is no break, there has been no rest. A global event such as this becomes magnified and creates a deeper tiredness due to the constancy and lack of escape from the global traumas.
We have been surrounded by the energy of fear for such a long time, and our nervous systems are only designed to sustain short bursts of stress.
I saw a post the other day saying — “Whatever you do, don’t stop. Go slowly if you must, but don’t stop….”. It made me angry.
I fundamentally disagree. Please stop. Take a break. Rest. Rejuvenate. Unplug from technology. Reconnect with nature. Connect with loved ones and friends, and practice the skill of doing nothing. In the non-doing, we are doing a lot. We are giving our nervous system time to unwind, to relax and to remember that it doesn’t need to be on high alert 24/7.
Prioritise yourself and ask yourself as often as you need to “What is in my Highest Good, right now?”. That one question, when asked sincerely with the answer listened to and acted upon has the ability to rejuvenate us more than we ever thought one simple question could.
Practice giving yourself the gift of reconnection, rejuvenation and energetic reset this Christmas and new Year. Your nervous system will thank you!