It is not an exaggeration to say that each of us is on a quest for something. It is human nature to have our eyes fixed on our next professional or personal event, life goal, or life transition. If we are actively engaged in navigating our way to our place of greatest peace, contribution, health and success, this quest can permeate each moment of our waking hours—and perhaps even a few of our sleeping ones too.
Although the term “seeker” is often used in a spiritual context, it has its counterparts in other less ethereal realms. You may be a seeker on an emotional quest looking to heal from a long-held emotional wound, to overcome depression or to follow the road that you are sure leads to your happy place. The emotional seeker may be the person reframing life after the loss of a loved one or in the wake of a diagnosis and healing pursuit. These quests can engulf a life and consume the seeker’s attention for weeks, months and even years. It is also possible that, at times, this dedicated attention can suffocate other areas of the seeker’s life. This is also true of what I call the professional seeker. If this is you, perhaps you are focused like a laser on achieving a life-long dream, building a business, or pursing a promotion. The type of seeker may find themselves fixated on preparations for retirement or heading to an altogether different career and life’s work while engaging in education and training to make that happen. This can come at the expense of other the other areas of life.
Regardless of whether the seeker is on a spiritual, emotional, or professional mission, it is not unusual to reach a point where the road seems long, the journey is arduous and the seeker’s energy diminishes. During the emotional, professional or spiritual quest, when the intensity of focus is great, it is expected that there will come a time when we are calling “Uncle”. This refers to the game you used to play as a kid when someone would twist your arm up behind your back until you could not tolerate the discomfort any longer and you’d call out, “Uncle,” so that your arm would be released. Much like this childhood game, we reach points in life when advancement through our days, even if it finds us in a thrilling or worthy task, is exhausting.
What happens periodically in a seekers journey is a term I coined Seekers Saturation. If this sounds like you, you may feel like you have been so absorbed in a pursuit-- so steadfastly--- that you are similar to a sponge that simply cannot absorb anymore. Some mistake this feeling as an indication that they have been on the “wrong path” or that they are not being divinely encouraged to continue. Some may feel the task before them is too much to handle—or even impossible, wondering where the reservoir of strength will come in order to continue. For the spiritual seeker they may question their innate gifts, their life-purpose, all while perhaps doubting if what they have to offer is of value to a largely unconscious world. Others may just lose interest, feel tired or simply feel uninspired. All of this is normal.
Anyone who has ever pursued a weight-training program with zeal knows you cannot work the same muscle day after day without your body screaming at you. If you do not listen, your body will absolutely rebel and the level of soreness you’ll experience will actually stop you from training (or getting out of bed) because you did not honor what you intuitively knew. This “knowing” is that it was time to take a break and allow for muscle repair.
The same is true with your “seeker’s muscles”. When you have immersed yourself in an intense spiritual, emotional or professional task, a part of you will holler “Uncle!” when it requires a break. And just as in weight training, allowing those days of “recovery” for your muscles, actually builds them up stronger. It is not just the act of lifting weights that builds muscles, but rather this is what breaks them down. The magic actually happens after your intense training, when you are enjoying proper nutrition and rest that your muscles rebuild. This is when you get stronger, better equipped and capable of doing even more to reach your goals.
So, if you are in a place of saturation right now you must honor it by allowing time for “muscle recovery”. When you do, you’ll come back stronger and more focused than ever. My suggestion to clients who are in this place is to focus on another realm to regain equilibrium. So for example, if you are emotionally taxed from caring for aging parents– enlist some help and take a few days off and dive into a good spiritual text. If you are spiritually saturated, put your copy of Eckhart Tolle’s book away and get physical. If you are professionally saturated, step away from your desk and exercise, hike, get near a body of water, or meditate at a sacred place for you. When you do this, things will right themselves by restoring energy to those parts of your life that were neglected. Soon you will find yourself more inspired, more equipped and more focused than ever before on your spiritual, emotional or professional quest. And from that place, you are unstoppable.
Rena M. Reese is the founder of Soul Salon International, an inspirational multimedia company, which offers coaching, consulting, web-design, publishing support, and fundraising opportunities for individuals and groups. She is the author of several inspirational titles, a professional speaker and coach as well as the host of a weekly radio program, The Soul Salon. Please visit www.SoulSalonInternational.com
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