A balanced mind and a balanced heart are able to integrate all that life tosses us; Just as a seasoned sailor is able to sail the boat regardless of condition, with placid waters with no wind or stormy weather. In the process of finding that balance, we get a little wobbly. I’ve gotten a little wobbly.
If you have ever attempted yoga, you know that maintaining balance is rarely a place of stillness but a continual process of mini adjustments. When we overcompensate on one side, we shift the body towards alignment. I have been doing that a lot lately – not on the mat but in my every day life.
The nursing unit I have worked in for the last eleven years has had an enormous amount of change in the last four months. Changes in patient volume, management and staff turnover have altered the sense of stability I once came to appreciate and often took for granted. Change is inevitable. You don’t have to like it but fighting it only creates added stress. How each one of us meets our new stressors is an individual decision based on our own unique needs and our own capacity to work with this new reality.
We can deny it’s happening. We can complain. We can rally the troops and address issues with management. We can become fearful. We can alter our employment status to create greater security (such as per-diem nurses taking benefited positions), or we can use this as an opportunity to do what we have been putting off for a long time.
Taking a permanent position seems the logical and fiscally responsible answer. However that does not create a balanced heart and mind for me. I really appreciate the life I carved out over the last three years that has allowed me to speak at Nursing conferences nationally, travel internationally, guide active travel vacations, teach meditation, and go on long meditation retreats. I will be riding out this storm while working a short-term travel nurse contract.
Trust me, I don’t like this scenario. I’d rather reverse time to when things were all cozy but I am taking advice from my friend Rumi.
As Rumi says
This being human is a guest house. Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
So stay tuned on the new delights….