There’s something I want to share with you. It’s important.

Contrary to what social media feeds would have you believe: we all have dark days.

It’s not all sunshine and smiles and wonderful food and #livingmybestlife

That’s not how life is really.

It’s human to experience those days when you feel like shit and it’s all too much and you just want to curl up in a ball and for it all to go away.

And if you’re highly sensitive and/or empathic then when those times come, you really feel it.

I’m sharing because I have those days too.

Those times when I cannot be bothered any more. When I give up on humanity and curse us all as selfish and stupid.

There are times when those feelings overwhelm me and there are times when I curl up in a ball on the sofa crying – no I mean howling, proper full-on snotty wailing – at the pointlessness of life.

We’re destroying our planet. Trump and his venal enablers are normalising acts of deepest brutal inhumanity. Brexit is going to destroy our economy and may well end up plunging Europe/the world into another war because nationalism is on the rise … and that ‘us v them’ mentality never ends well.

A downward spiral

The last time I felt like this, I could feel myself getting pulled into a downward spiral of ‘what’s the point of me teaching and sharing yoga and meditation because trying to alleviate anxiety and stress is just a sticking plaster – all these mental health issues are being caused by deep and structural issues in society which are never going to end!’

Oh my, yes, I love a deep full-on existential nihilistic crisis; it’s my specialty…

When you’re sensitive and empathic you literally can FEEL the pain of the world. Perhaps you feel it too? To me, it can feel like a howl of pain that’s filling the atmosphere.

The last time I had one of these moments, I’d like to say that I used some yoga technique or deep breathing to get me out of this state.

But, I didn’t.

The thing that helped me most was some words from my husband: ‘don’t let them defeat you’.

Because, oh my, was I feeling defeated.

I’d lost hope and motivation and inspiration and love.

But as he said those words, a little fire inside me was relit. ‘No, don’t let them defeat you.’

Don’t let the greedy, power-hungry, manipulative side of human nature, which is all too often on display in public life, defeat you.

There is another way. Yes!

Choose to rise

This is how I inspire myself to carry on and embrace life. I hope these words inspire you too.

Choose to rise up in love and connection and hope and inspiration.

Refuse to compare and compete.

Connect in your community as a citizen and refuse to be a passive consumer.

Choose love and connection over fear and division.

Root down to connect to Mother Earth and appreciate Her abundance.

Look up to the moon and sun and stars and breathe the infinite wonder of the universe.

See the deep beauty in a flower and the radiant life in another’s eyes.

Connect to your heart and immerse yourself in the infinite peace and strength and wisdom that reside there.

Realize your true nature and that of the universe is LOVE.

Don’t let yourself be defeated by the fear and anger and belligerence and judgement that is all too often on display in this world.

However, you can find courage in your heart to awaken and rise up.

And live and act from a place of powerful, peaceful, presence and embrace life and all its challenges with a profound and soulful YES!

About our guest rebel

Stella Tomlinson is a Hampshire-based Dru Yoga and meditation teacher, writer, energy worker and Priestess-in-training empowering sensitive, soulful people to connect to inner peace by living in rhythm with the cycles and flow of life through movement, rest, meditation, guided self-enquiry, and cycle and seasonal awareness.

Her first book Peace Lies Within: 108 ways to tame your mind & connect to inner peace is out now from Amazon, visit: http://livingyogawithstella.com/peacelieswithin 

Stella Tomlinson is a Hampshire-based Dru Yoga and meditation teacher, writer, energy worker and Priestess-in-training empowering sensitive, soulful people to connect to inner peace by living in rhythm with the cycles and flow of life through movement, rest, meditation, guided self-enquiry, and cycle and seasonal awareness.

Her first book Peace Lies Within: 108 ways to tame your mind & connect to inner peace is out now from Amazon, visit: http://livingyogawithstella.com/peacelieswithin 

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