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When You’re Feeling Broken, Beaten or Blah

By Tama Kieves:

Feeling a bit anxious, broken or blah? Please don’t make yourself wrong for being a soul who is growing, transforming, and facing bewilderment. Transition is where your next leap begins. 

But I get it. You’re not having any fun right now.

Your “vibration” is a cesspool. You’re as flat as a hospital gurney. Or maybe pent up like a cheetah in a cage. Trust me, this moment of feeling disconnected isn’t your life. It’s part of a process, like one of the screens that comes up on your computer before it’s fully booted up.

Don’t get stuck in the process. I have 5 tips to help you calm down and awaken the next level of good that you are looking for.

First, I just want to remind you that you are not a machine. You will not endlessly “be on” without having awakening times of getting to know yourself again, often through hindrances. You are blemished and mythic. I love that about you. I even love that about me.

When you’re not feeling purposeful or creative—stop trying to feel inspired. Instead, seek to be present and kind to yourself and others. Because it’s love that opens the gates.

Sometimes, we’re so uninspired, that the word “inspired” sounds like shooting for the moon. So shoot for Toledo instead. Good news. I’ve got 5 “tickets to Ohio” below.

1. Feel the Energy You Do Have:

You don’t need reasons or evidence when your bones trill with longing. Birds and fish just migrate. Everything living seeks to unfurl its own true nature… Can you allow yourself to simply feel how you feel at this moment in your life? Sometimes you need to cry or kick something. Ditch the stoic, the intellectual, and even Ms. Spiritual Rosy Pants. Feel your feelings with your therapist, coach, inner shaman, or favorite raccoon—anyone who will not seek to change you. Honesty is a healer.

A feeling is energy moving through. It is not reality. It is not a long-term decree. Bang the drums. Draw loneliness. Journal. I know this to be true: underneath every dark feeling, a deep knowing abides; you will be all right. It’s inexplicable, yet undeniable.

2. Beckon Emptiness

If you want to be creatively alive, emptiness is required. But most of what we call empty, isn’t empty. It’s toxic with disappointment, fear and judgment. True emptiness is being and beckoning. It’s an invitation. Creative emptiness is a feeling of anticipation. I can begin anywhere. I can do anything. What do I want to play with today?

Your Muse will not come into a room if you’ve brought in expectations. She will not enter a room secretly crowded with surveyors, actuaries, accountants, and salesmen. Believe me, she smells a calculator in the room and will have nothing to do with you. You have to come alone. You have to come with curiosity and bare feet. You may turn your inspiration into profit centers later. But meanwhile, don’t monetize the butterflies. You must court inspiration on inspiration’s terms.

3. Take Rest

When you’re sleep deprived, you don’t need to be creating your dreams. You need to be snoring them. Let your body reclaim its natural equilibrium. The burned out do not have more pistons to fire. You need to heal. In my first book This Time I Dance! Creating the Work You Love, I have a chapter called “The Year of Sleeping Dangerously,” talking about how when you’ve abused yourself, following your bliss doesn’t look like starting a multi-national company or feeding small children in war-torn nations. It looks like counting sheep.

Take the pressure off. It’s okay. It’s okay if you don’t want to say anything profound or write something brilliant. It’s okay to breathe. It’s okay to daydream. It’s okay to recollect yourself, integrate where you’ve been and where you are going. It’s necessary. It’s holy. And your excitement will come to you naturally because your true nature is purposeful. It is your birthright to shine.

And true rest isn’t always physical. It’s about forgiving yourself, letting go, dropping the weights and angers of a thousand years in the past and a thousand years to come. Rest comes from a lack of self-recrimination. What grievance are you holding right now? When you accept your life and forgive yourself, you free yourself.

4. Listen with Love

Life is relentless and challenging at times. Maybe you’ve noticed. You are going to feel like you got left behind while everyone else went on a road trip and sent postcards. You are going to want to judge yourself for not being further ahead, especially when you’ve just binged on brownies, and you read other people’s social media. I don’t suggest a whip when you’re feeling hobbled. I suggest mercy.

Self-love is the quickest route to wild, time-saving, inspired ideas. You can’t criticize yourself and listen to fearless, unexpected directions at the same time. Please treat yourself with  unconditional positive regard, no matter what. This will not create weakness, but radical vitality.

Self-love is the willingness to listen to anything your heart wants to say to you. When you want to be inspired, let go of insisting you know how things work. Let go of your questions of “how” to get what you desire. Your questions can only attract mediocre answers at the level of the question. Be willing to receive answers to wilder, sweeter questions you did not know to ask. Sometimes the Universe is trying to give you directions to the top of the highest mountain, and you are asking how to tie your shoelace.

5. Feast on Grace

Sometimes when I’m removed from my feelings, feeling as though I’m suspended in mid-air watching my life with dull, foggy interest, I lean on other artists—those who have delved into passion and grace. I want a contact high. I read or listen to those who have already caught the light.

Sometimes I have that uncanny feeling that I have just read, “coincidentally,” a short story in a magazine that has explained the world to me. I am certain, though I might deny this if I’m ever under psychiatric evaluation, that it’s been written in divine love ink, and will definitely not be there the next time I look.

Some of you will need heavy metal or chanting or opera. Others will need cumin or fresh lemons. You may need the touch of warm lavender oil upon your skin. You don’t need to be sensible. You need your senses. You need to be present to the touch, taste, sound, sight, and smell of life. These are the gateways to love, life, and infinite creativity.


Finally, I want you to know that you are doing so much better than you think you are. When you’re not inspired, you don’t have true perspective: you tend to believe that the fog is more solid than the mountain that it hides.

But you are in a process. You are not on an assembly line or in formation. You are in transformation. And this is your time of awakening. This is a time of great purpose. And there are mighty forces with you.

Here's my Coaching Practice for you this month:

Become Aware: Where are you “in process”? What is one thing you may want to do, now that you’ve read this piece? Have a “ticket to Toledo” you might want to try?

(Quick… email us and tell me your first thoughts or intentions for yourself this month. Sharing IS strengthening! I will hold it with you in love.)

With love and infinite gratitude,

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TAMA: Honors graduate of Harvard Law School turned mojo career catalyst.
Best-selling author of 
This Time I Dance!: Creating the Work You LoveInspired & Unstoppable: Wildly Succeeding in Your Life’s Work!A Year Without Fear: 365 Days of Magnificence, and also Thriving Through Uncertainty.

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