Have you ever woken up one morning and felt overwhelmed and thought 'I give up!' I get it. You feel like you're trying too hard to fit everything in, to get to everywhere you need to go, to feel like you've got everything under control, and to pretend you're superwoman/man and you're doing really well with it all.
It's not a bad thing if you feel like this and to give it all up for a moment, but do it with awareness and observe what is unfolding - you could end up being as surprised as I was a few weeks back.
When things like this happen we must consciously say, 'I give up', throw our toys out of the cot and then observe how things unfold. Don't wait for life to force you to give up because by the time that happens you will have no pranic reserve to witness the messages of life.
And there are always messages.
Think of a basic glass jar. In your minds eye see the items on your to-do list as separate pieces of paper or nuggets you fill the jar with. Very soon it will be filled to the brim. Then, again in your minds eye, squeeze and push with all your might to fit more things into the jar. Guess what? You are literally lying to yourself if you think you're able to fit more in.
When we 'give up' consciously and then observe ourselves like this jar analogy we will start to see that the things that overflow from the jar didn't fit in in the first place. This could be associated with things like jobs that do not have importance and could have been left for a week or a month. You'll see how naturally space is created inside this jar, which can be related to giving you some breathing space to think 'ok what do I need to do that is critical?', 'what things are urgent and important?'.
You can bring in Steven Covey's model below, but remember you are still observing. By process of this observation you can then see within that space and deep down feel some inspiration or insight of your life .
I trust this is a little reminder to get you back on track with daily routines, yoga practices and meditation so you reconnect with your SELF morning and and night.
When we get to the stage when we're throwing our toys out of the cot we've neglected the SELF and placed too much emphasis on getting the things done that have little or no importance. When you take your last breath, and one day you will, let it be when you are connected to SELF and not when you are overwhelmed or trying to fit everything into this tiny overflowing jar.
May I leave you with the inspiration I found at the bottom of my jar recently when I 'gave up'. It's by Swami Satyananda:
"Let me decorate many hearts and paint a thousand faces with colours of inspiration and soft silent sounds of value. Let me be like a child and run barefoot through the forest of laughing and crying people, giving flowers of imagination and wonder that GOD gives free.
Shall I fall on bended knees and wait for someone to bless me with happiness and a life of golden dreams? NO, I shall run in the desert of life with my arms open, sometime falling, sometime stumbling, but always picking myself up, a thousand times if necessary.
Often life will burn me, often life will caress me tenderly. Many of my days shall be haunted by complications and obstacles and there will be moments so beautiful that my soul shall weep in ecstasy.
I shall be a witness, but never shall I run or turn from life, from me. Never shall I foresake myself of the timeless lesson I have taught myself, nor shall I let the value of divine inspiration and being be lost.
My rainbow-covered bubble shall carry me further than beyond. The horizon's settings forever to serve, to love and to live as a Sannyasin"
Be blessed beautiful soul