Creating a Vacuum

Ok, I want you to try something. Like really try it.

Take a deep breath. On the exhale, vocalize. Say “Om” or “ahhhhh” or if you’re in a public place, hum. See how long you can hum for.

When your chest has all but collapsed and your blood is pounding in your ears, take another deep breath.

On the very next out-breath, make sure to hum.

How much longer did you make it this time? Did it feel easier?

The same is true of life. Just one more thing isn’t feasible. If it were feasible, it wouldn’t need to be carefully scheduled, it would just happen, naturally filling the vaccuum.

Besides, I’ve come to realize that people don’t necessarily want more activities in their lives. What they want is the space to allow spontaneous activity to arise. That’s where a lot of the joy comes in. That’s the freedom you crave.

But to get there you need to discipline yourself to let go of the stuff you don’t need.

Sarah Goshman and I are having a free teleclass on the subject of dealing with overwhelm: Permission Slips for Perfectionists, Overacheivers and Control Freaks: Strategies to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Your Own Success. If this sounds like a topic you’re familiar with, we’d love to have you along to jam with us Wed, April 18. Click the link to sign up!


4 thoughts on “Creating a Vacuum”

  1. Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes!!!!!We absolutely don’t want more, but the learning to let go part feels so counter-intuitive after decades of being told the exact opposite… what a great way to see that lesson.

    1. I know! It feels so weird. 

      But that singing technique has always been such a great metaphor… it sounds less final than saying “Get rid of a bunch of stuff in your life”
  2. That’s exactly what was in my mind lately. I have been creating barriers to make things I do not want to do harder. It worked on everything I have power on right now. Let’s see how discipline works on the rest. 

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