Over the past month or so we managed to take all the ‘stuff’ from almost 1700 square feet of living space, mindfully sort it into piles of things to donate or sell, things to give away to friends and family, things to throw away, and finally things needed to live that will fit into just under 250 square feet of living space which moves. After the first full week of living in an RV, I had bumps and bruises in places I’d never had before. It’s all about learning to move mindfully in a much smaller space that is still a bit over-crowded.
We’re continuing to make progress in paring down even further, realizing that some of the things we just couldn’t live without we can indeed live without. Each day I’m learning to move more slowly and mindfully as I navigate the tiny bathroom and cupboards in the tiny kitchen. The first few days it seemed I bumped my elbows and my head on everything. Now I’m learning how much personal space my body uses in its movements and I’m keeping myself safer. Simple tasks like brushing my teeth have become a learning experience!
Through my Yoga practice over the years, I learned so much about where my body is in space and how to move mindfully. But during the month of selling and moving homes, I sacrificed my physical Yoga practice time to get the packing and cleaning done. Not a wise choice in retrospect. And I know better. It reminds me that all of life is about mindful movement and choices. Each moment involves making decisions. We can blunder through our days, blindly bumping into obstacles and challenges, or we can choose our path with intention to avoid those things that are avoidable when we pay attention, and to meet challenges with awareness and resolve.
I am infinitely thankful that I have kept up both my daily meditation and my EFT Tapping practice throughout this transition. They have become survival tools for me. During the process of packing up, selling our stationary home, and moving into our tiny home, I’ve experienced an impressive range of emotions. Because I practice daily, tapping comes naturally as I feel an emotion, notice where I feel it in my body, and guess its intensity. My words aren’t brilliant, but they get the job done.
Keeping tapping simple works like magic. “Even though I’m sad and I feel it in my stomach, I deeply and completely accept myself.” Just fill in the blanks: “Even though I feel _____ and I feel it in my ______, I deeply and completely accept myself.” Keep the reminder statements simple as you tap through all the points: “I feel ___ in my ____.” Slow, deep breath. Move mindfully through the emotions as they come up, addressing one at a time to be most effective. As we tap, the relaxation response allows other things to come up, so be sure to work though as much as you can to completely neutralize the feelings. And breathe!
I have renewed my physical Yoga practice again, and I intend to settle into this new lifestyle with balance, grace, and tapping.
Keep Calm and Tap On!