If you have ever felt the urge to withdraw from your life, felt like you were forever stuck or that you want to “burn it all down”, you are not alone.
Welcome to the void, that quiet, and often very uncomfortable space between the death of the old and the rebirth of the new.
It’s where the seeds of change gestate, waiting for the right moment to emerge.
For many for us, the void can manifest as an absence of inspiration, a lack of movement, or even as a sense of nothingness.
A very simplified definition would be that the void encompasses cycles of feeling stuck, disconnected from your desired self, or facing moments of uncertainty.
This discomfort we feel in the void is a call to navigate and embrace it, and to do it in a way that is resourceful and sustaining to us.
Navigating the Void
In this episode, we delve into the art of rebirth, exploring how to navigate the space between death and the emergence of something new. I share:
- Taking our cue from Mother Nature as she continuously cycles
- How our hypermasculine world implies being in the void is wrong
- The discomfort we experience from shedding old identities
- How to be more resourced as you navigate the void yourself
Dying Off to Be Reborn
The discomfort of the void often arises from shedding old beliefs, identities, or perspectives that no longer serve us.
Just as we outgrow coats that once kept us warm, we must release the attachments to aspects of ourselves that hinder our growth. The tension between feeling unsafe and finding inner resources can be challenging, but it’s a natural part of this transformative process.
Our modern world, fixated on productivity and constant movement, often pushes us to avoid the void. We’ve been conditioned to believe that we must always be on the move, and when we encounter an absence of inspiration or creativity, we may perceive it as a personal failing.
This disconnect from the wisdom of the void has led us to undervalue its role in our personal growth.
Nature’s Cycles as Our Guide
We only need to look at Mother Nature for insight into experiencing the void in our lives and the natural cycles of the seasons. In winter, nature slows down, seemingly halting all growth, yet beneath the surface, vital preparations are taking place. It’s during this stillness that Mother Nature gathers her strength, ready to birth new life when the time is right.
Similarly, we need moments of stillness and withdrawal to gather our inner resources, even though the modern world often discourages this practice.
Embracing the void is about finding balance, and understanding that growth requires rest and reflection.
Three Insights for Navigating the Void
1. Surrender: Recognize that the death-rebirth cycle is part of bigger, natural cycles. Embrace it as an essential phase of personal evolution. By surrendering to the void, you open yourself to new possibilities to emerge and you build your capacity for resilience.
2. Patience: Allow yourself to move at your own pace and resist the urge to rush forward. Patience in the void can lead to profound self-discovery. By embracing the discomfort and taking your time, you can find deeper clarity and insights.
3. Embodiment Practices: Engage in practices like journaling, nature walks, or moving meditation to help move through discomfort, expand your capacity, and increase your inner resources.
As you embark on your journey navigating the void, remember that it’s a natural part of your growth and transformation. By embracing it, you can cultivate a deeper connection with yourself and emerge stronger, wiser, and more radiant on the other side.
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