Putting down emotional weight

by Mary Ann on May 12, 2011

glass of water picture

What counts is how long you hold it!

A young lady confidently walked around the room while explaining stress management to an audience. With a raised glass of water everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, ‘half empty or half full?’ Well she fooled them all. “How heavy is this glass of water?”, she inquired with a smile.

The answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

The young woman replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance.  In each case it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”

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Emotional weight gets heavier and heavier.

That’s the way it is with emotional weight. Emotional weight is what we generate when we have things that we know we should do that we put off. Emotional weight is created when we are not in integrity with ourselves. Let me give you an example.

I have been feeling a lot of emotional weight of late. I have had some things that I have committed to myself to do but they take skills that I feel I don’t have. They require me to learn some new things. I am intimidated. Maybe I will fail and have to start again. So even though I have committed to do them I have put them off, over and over again.

Like the glass of water the burden of that emotional weight just got heavier and heavier. So, what could I do to manage this emotional weight? Move forward, even if it is only baby steps.

I have since made myself start, move forward. It hasn’t been as hard as I thought. In fact some of it has even been enjoyable. I have

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Putting down emotional weight feels really, really good!

enjoyed a fair amount of success.  I haven’t done a perfect job but I am getting better. I feel happy with myself.

This is where many of you are with your Spark Station. You take a webinar, attend a workshop or lecture or buy the Course all with good intentions. Then the information sits waiting for you to move forward.

Some of you have even gone so far as to choose a space for your Spark Station and maybe you have even cleaned it out.

Then because it is new, you feel inadequate, you worry if you can do it, it seems too hard, you can’t seem to make the time, maybe you’ll fail……you carry the burden of the emotional weight of not starting or moving forward.

I encourage you to put that emotional weight down. Just begin. You can’t really fail, although you might have to make some adjustments. You can find time even if it is only in 10 minute blocks. I assure you that the relief you will feel from starting is wonderful. There will be a sense of satisfaction.

So if you have listened to a class revisit your notes and move forward. If you have purchased the Course listen to a lesson or even part of a lesson. If you have chosen a Spark Station space put something in it. Just start, move forward.

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