We are living in a tricky time. The people that often offer healing and serenity to others are also in need of it. But do we dare mention it? I mean, we are yoga teachers, reiki healers, holistic practitioners. We are expected to have answers. So many people are asking us for classes so that it can help them through this transition, but who is taking care of us?
I, for one can tell you that I carried the burden of being the “strong” one for so long that the idea of opening up and asking someone to fill my cup is scary. It doesn’t feel right.
Life has a way of putting us into situations where we are forced to be strong, even when we feel weak inside. We are programmed to show strength even if we are just as affected as the people we are playing the pillar of hope for.
So today is a check-in to all of the entrepreneurs in the healing space.
How are you doing?
Are you scared?
Are you filled with uncertainty?
Is your cup running on empty?
Do you need to take a class instead of leading one?
Do you need to vent?
Be honest. It’s okay. I promise you that your feelings are valid, but I don’t want you to deal with it alone. How is it okay that the whole world is feeling uncertain yet you aren’t allowing yourself to be honest about feeling the same way?
You didn’t get in this field to repress your feelings or to empty out your cup. Perhaps I can offer you the first step: Be vulnerable.
I don’t mean the propaganda of vulnerability where one appears to be vulnerable. I’m asking you to put away the mask that you carry so well that it has bled into your reality.
Vulnerability looks like this; Create space for people to be there for you.
It’s simple, but our need to be the strong one has complicated things. Creating space requires you to take action. Reach out to people and let them know if you’re having a rough day. Cancel sessions that will empty out your cup. Cry and release your pain and then for the hard part, don’t be ashamed for feeling that way.
The freedom that comes with making space allows you to be the fullest version of yourself in a time where everyone is looking to you for guidance. A reminder that the opposite of strength isn’t weakness. It’s dishonesty.
I leave you with an affirmation that has helped me with being more vulnerable. I hope it serves you as much as it has served me:
I am laying down being the strong one. I have created a safe community for me to be vulnerable with