Ennui. Lack of inertia. Boredom.

Ennui. Lack of inertia. Boredom.Nothing’s happening.  I don’t have any energy.  I’m not excited about anything.  The phrases are similar each time I sit with someone.

It’s not only “out there” in my clients, but I feel it too.

What I am discovering is that this state has hidden gifts.  We usually want to rush into action, try to escape that feeling of being mired in molasses.

But what if we could surrender to this moment, and ask what it has to teach us?

That’s not easy to do — and can be even more challenging when you live with pain and a sense of fragility.  Isn’t that like giving in?

It can be.  But, if we stay awake — conscious — to how we feel and what’s going on, it can also be a place where true change begins to happen in our psyches and in our perspective.

Some of my clients have discovered gold in the time of lead.

By yielding to the slowing down, they find a soft creative voice that has been overridden in the busyness and push of regular life.

Some clients yield to the urge to nap, to wander outside, or to read poetry and journal.  Some dust off their guitar or pick away on a computer keyboard.  There is restoration in choosing those pastimes.  Some vital part of life re-emerges.

The gentle nudge to dream, to play music, to write or paint, or play brings a liveliness and hope that does not spring from completing a task list, or keeping up a killer schedule of activities.

Some clients yield to the urge to nap, to wander outside, or to read poetry and journal.  Some dust off their guitar or pick away on a computer keyboard.  There is restoration in choosing those pastimes.  Some vital part of life re-emerges.

Slowing down, shifting to more generative activities, noticing what is going on in your heart and soul — these are the graces of the time of ennui.

I’m wondering what you might like to practice in such a time?  How challenging is it for you to let go of muscling through, and instead allow this murky time to be?

Sometimes we fear we will get lost in the bog, that it will never end.  My experience is that we come through more quickly and easily if we let it work on us instead of trying to escape.

We create our daily anchors — habits and routines that help us stay steady, and then in the spaces, where we can’t force ourselves to do much anyway, let the quiet speak.

I’ll be interested to know what you hear!

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