As I sat at lunch today my baby was yelling for milk (nursing) and mostly refusing the food I was offering. My preschooler was chatting nonstop, which is typical for her, about everything under the sun. And my husband was trying to tell me current events and his own thoughts on different topics. It was sensory overload. When I closed my eyes and tried to picture the river flowing it felt more like the rapids of a heavy downpour.
Lunch ended with my preschooler hoping down from the table to go play happily, my husband returning to his office in the basement and the baby suckling happily in my lap. I myself felt a little like a tornado had just passed through and I was relishing the moment of quiet after the storm. And it only lasted a moment because then kids were up and ready to "run" again. ...So run we did as I stretched out an obstacle course for the baby to watch her sister perform.
I'm grateful to observe the passing of my emotions. I'm grateful to pause and witness the overwhelm and do my best to just breathe. I'm grateful for the beauty of these moments. I'm grateful to find a way to bring myself back to the calm river. I'm grateful to recognize the need for all of us to talk and to get movement. I'm grateful to commit some time today to working out which I haven't made time for in several weeks.
How do you dispel the excess, whether it be energetic, sensory, or something else? What visual helps you come back to center?
May today keep us flowing smoothly as we navigate this new path. May we find ways to balance. Have a beautiful day!