The silence last week has mainly been due to the fact that I have graduated from college after spending time with a fantastic group of people on a counselling/ psychotherapy course.
Downshifting is not only about leaving the ratrace, but to find an authentic way to express who I am and to make a contribution to society in a different way. We all celebrated our journey so far and some members of the course will be leaving their jobs to face an uncertain future and take a downshifthing step.
Our tutor left us with the following advice which I share with you. Taking the plunge to downshift means that in essence the world you live in and in which you have found your place, needs to change, needs to disintegrate to allow you to rebuild it into the life you want to live as an authentic expression of yourself.
Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing. We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is things don't really get solved. They come together and they fall apart again. Then they come together and fall apart again. It's just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, fo misery, for joy.
From : When things fall apart; Heart advice for difficult times by Penna Chodron