Tonight when journaling, I decided to take stock of the fullness of my life. I tried to stay in that idea of abundance and even wrote down all of the things I “get” to do instead of “have” to do. I was feeling pretty positive until I wrote down task #54. Sheesh!

That’s when the feeling of overwhelm hit and when I felt as this Webster Online Dictionary definition states, “submerged”:

Definition of to overwhelm:
1. upset, overthrow
2. a) to cover over completely; submerge
2. b) to overcome by superior force or numbers
2. c) to overpower in thought or feeling

What’s interesting is that I decided to look up an antonym for overwhelm and the words that came up were drain, parch, dry, and dehydrate.  Hmmm…not quite the positive perspective I was looking for.  I don’t want to feel like I am drowning, but I also don’t want to feel parched.  I’d like to feel a balance in the barometric pressure of my life — not too hot or too cold, not too wet or dry, not too taxed and not too bored.  “Gently moist” or “harmoniously hydrated” feel nice to me.

Ah, I feel better already. I’ve just misted myself with some metaphorical plumeria flower water. Nice. I feel myself calm.

When you think of the barometric pressure of your life, what words or images come to mind?  In the spectrum of overwhelm to boredom, where do you like to live?  In the spectrum of submerged to dehydrated, what feels the most balanced for you? When do you feel yourself itching for more work or challenges and when do you get easily overwhelmed?

We each have a different threshold for what we can handle. What is your threshold? And when do you know when you’ve crossed it?

Please feel free to share your insights in the comments section of this post!

About Courtney Putnam

I first came to healing work through art and writing. Creating collage art and poetry in particular allowed me to deeply understand the benefit of self-expression in the healing process. But, I also began to see the benefit of bodywork (manual work in the form of massage and energywork in the form of Reiki) as keys to unlocking the emotional stresses we hold in our bodies. I became a Reiki practitioner in 2002, received an MFA in Creative Writing in 2003, received my massage license in the spring of 2006, and became a Reiki Master in 2010. In my practice I bring together these three areas -- the body, the mind, and the spirit (or energy body) -- so others may experience profound and positive change in their lives.
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