These words that are voiced so often in everything we read and hear. Words so many have said to me, "I can't stand this phrase", "I'm so tired of these words", and I know that feeling too. I always think about changing the word 'navigating' to something more uplifting, or positive - but then, I think it's just a realistic and honest way to describe how so many of us are feeling, and how these times just are. We are navigating these days, these times, still. We are taking each day as it comes, and finding our way through. And in reality, so many of us know this feeling of 'navigating' uncertainty in other ways too. Navigating a new normal through other life circumstances and experiences, some deeply changing, and ways we've learnt to carry ourselves through. I know this is true for me and it's not a phrase that's unfamiliar at all. Perhaps this has felt true for you.
I know there are many of us who are spending this christmas time, or holiday season alone. This is true every year for many, but even more so, this year, in these uncertain and difficult times. I just wanted to share a little support from my heart to yours, if you are feeling lonely or alone, and hope you might feel some comfort in these words.
These words from my heart to yours, for those who are grieving and feeling loss at this time.
You may have lost someone you love this year. You may have lost someone, or those you love, and this festive season just isn't the same as it might have been, before. May you feel and know that my heart is with yours, always and every day, but especially at this time.
Lockdown in Melbourne is difficult for everyone, with our own situations and circumstances. It can feel even more difficult if you live with a health condition and you are managing symptoms every day, without the normal support systems you usually have, or the ability to get to appointments or to therapies that help. It can be very hard to live with any health condition and/ or chronic pain, and it can feel like an extra challenge to cope with and to navigate, on top of this already challenging time. I understand this personally, so very well, and I want to share a few things that I hope may feel supportive to you.
Think of this as a letter of support. Words from my heart to yours, if you may be going through a time of uncertainty, pain, or grief and loss.
Or through any time of challenge, change and transition, and you feel a little vulnerable, raw, and alone.
I understand uncertainty. So deeply within myself. I feel you. I see you. And I acknowledge you in your own experience of whatever this might be, or how this feels for you, right now. I hope something from these words shared may feel supportive for you. And perhaps in some way, I also write this to myself.
Katie Jane is a Holistic Therapist, Life Coach, Health Coach, Nutritionist, Naturopath, Meditation teacher, writer and author. Katie has been working in the wellness industry for over 15 years, in private practice and online, and brings all of these qualifications and skills, along with her own lived experiences through challenges, changes and transitions. Her approach to life and wellbeing is truly holistic and unique for each individual. She supports and coaches clients to make powerful changes, to feel calm through uncertainty and change, to embrace self care as a way of being, and to thrive through life transitions.