When I posted a few days ago on Facebook that we had a big announcement to share, it wasn't to be dramatic, but rather, to prepare some of you for what might be felt as unexpected.
This entire past year has been dramatic and yet, not altogether unexpected.
I'm no stranger to stress. In fact, we are intimately connected. I've experienced many of the life events listed on the Holmes-Rahe stress inventory list, quite a few in the past 8 months, to the point where Jeff and I joked that maybe we should get a divorce just to get it over with. (Not going to happen!)
With today’s modern lifestyle, we are all constantly on high alert, keeping the ‘fight or flight’ response in a constant state of discharge, while the ‘rest and digest’ response, rarely operates at its ideal level, leaving us with a constant state of tension in the physical, mental and emotional body. With the increase of the sympathetic dominance in the body, we have lost our ability to know how to relax. There's no time!
I’m an empath. I’ve always been one. But I haven’t always known it. I grew up thinking the walls I built around me meant there was something wrong with me. That and growing up shy, I kept myself secluded, unavailable. And practicing yoga for the past 20 years has made me even more sensitive...