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Do I Take A Break Or Push Through?

chrisassaadHello my dear reader,

How are you? It’s been a little while since I’ve written and as I settle into my writing nook at my still new-feeling home in LA, a cup of peppermint tea by my side, I feel like I’m reconnecting with a longtime friend I haven’t seen in too long. I’ve been spending more time pouring my heart and soul into songwriting these days than onto the page and now that I’m back here, I’m realizing how much I’ve missed it.

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder and one of my favorite creativity teachers, Julia Cameron, says that sometimes we need to “fill the well” of creativity by taking IN experiences so we have the necessary supply for our OUTput. In other words, sometimes it’s okay to take a break from the doing so that we can be replenished and restored by the being. In this moment, after having not written for a couple of weeks for the first time in years (aside from my morning pages, of course), I’m appreciating the wisdom of this directive.

On the other end of the spectrum, Steven Pressfield, another expert on the subject of creativity and entrepreneurship, offers the perspective that “the more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more Resistance we will feel towards pursuing it.” Taking this notion one step further, Pressfield suggests that to be truly prolific, productive and viable in any craft or field of endeavor, we have to show up consistently and stubbornly, even in the face of great resistance. This, too, is true and I have spent my fair share of time practicing this commitment to my artistic aspirations and exercising the muscle of lifting my spirits to rise to the occasion on many a day when the task felt too heavy.

So which is it? Is it easy does it, listen to what feels good and go with the flow? Or is it suck it up and push through, even when it feels like we’re rolling a boulder up a mountain?

It’s both. It’s balance. It’s each extreme and all that’s in between. It’s taking a day to do absolutely nothing and it’s also working morning ’til night and losing sleep to bring a passion project to completion. It’s being tuned into to what’s really going to serve us on a particular day or at a particular point on our journey.

You might be thinking, “Well, that doesn’t really help me. I need a hard and fast rule of what’s going to work.” I’m as guilty anyone of wanting a formula for success, that ONE tried and tested way that I can go about doing what I do that works across the board so I can just switch the autopilot on and cruise to my dreams without too much toiling. That would be nice, right?

But would it really? In my experience, I’ve learned that that’s not the way it goes and I’ve also come to the realization that I like it better that way. The dynamic nature of the journey, whether it’s our spiritual path, our creative path, in our career or our relationships, is what makes life interesting and juicy. The fact that we have to be present to what we’re feeling and navigate all the variables from our emotions to what’s going on around us is what puts the art into “following your heART” and mastering the “the ART of living”.

Life is ours to create and the more we approach our lives like our very own masterpieces, the more we get to experience the joy and excitement that come from living with spontaneity and variety, splashing paint on the canvas in one moment and using very precise, delicate strokes in the next.

So today, right now, in this moment; check in with yourself. Go within and tune into what you’re feeling and what would serve you best. Don’t let the noise in your mind cloud the clarity that the feeling in your heart is offering. In that stillness and that willingness to listen, you’ll know what’s just right for you. Go there often and you will always be guided to what the next right step is, whether it’s an action or a pause.

From this place, life can be experienced as a beautiful, seamless unfolding that carries us along like a magical piece of music with its rhythm, crescendos, decrescendos and its moments of rest and silence.

Much love,

Chris

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Chris Assaad is a singer/songwriter and inspirational artist from Toronto who left a promising career in law several years ago to pursue his dream of a career in music. Since then, Chris has been actively using his voice to enCOURAGE others to follow their dreams, express their creativity and live life to the fullest.

Connect with Chris via www.chrisassaad.comTwitter and Facebook.

Chris is also a member of the TDL Mentoring team. To learn more about the TDL Mentoring Program click here.

  • Just Me

    Thank you for this, Chris. I feel I am currently at a crossroads of my life and like you the messages of ‘push through’ and ‘let God and let the Universe” are confusing. Loved the Pressfield quote: ”the more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more Resistance we will feel towards pursuing it.”

    But as well, your words, as the reminder to listen to that still, small voice within:
    “Go within and tune into what you’re feeling and what would serve you
    best. Don’t let the noise in your mind cloud the clarity that the
    feeling in your heart is offering. In that stillness and that
    willingness to listen, you’ll know what’s just right for you. Go there
    often and you will always be guided to what the next right step is,
    whether it’s an action or a pause.”

    • Chris Assaad

      You got it. You have the answer :)

    • PalmofTre

      Yes! You put perfectly into words the crossroads I am at as well. balance…balance…balance! Thank you Chris; love “the action or the pause.”

  • Carie Bean

    Welcome back!:)
    Yes balance….. we must have balance.
    To me Balance connects to our spiritual awareness/ connection to the moment. Balance – the big “B” the B’s buzz———
    To be in rhythm with life allows us to hear the “B’s” buzz——-
    Like a faint background lullaby.

    In nature quiet and still you hear the sounds all around that create this same buzz in the background song. One begins to connect and realises its always been there even though one may not have listened but the truth in nature can’t be refused. Always at balance always in sync no matter how hard we humans try to control it. So yes in the quiet times listen, in the busy times listen, and especially when you’re feeling blue listen for the B’s buzz to sing to you.

    In awe of this man named Chris Assaad! I get your newsletter so I watched the Happy video by pharrell Williams. Passed on the happiness on Facebook…great video.
    That called me over to TDL finding your inspiring words describing your awareness of life.

    Dancing in the movement of one’s eyes that sparkle behind it all
    The rhythm in the movement of one’s feet as they dance or even walk
    The magic of the words written
    Wind blowing through the trees
    Mornings of snuggle bunnies and laughter
    Follow the bees buzz—– in all you do
    In and out knowing where to fly—–watching
    the people so casually walk by
    Follow along, finding our way creating the songs we sing everyday
    Happily, Carie big smiles!!!!

    • Chris Assaad

      You ROCK Carrie! Thanks for your always refreshing and insightful perspective offered with love and creativity. Hope you’re buzzing with bees and enjoying this beautiful day. Much love my friend :)

      • Kathleen Chelquist

        Carrie does “ROCK” and so do you, Mr. Assaad. So…what’s up? I heard you were at the Harmony House in PB and no phone call? JK! I just went to breaky with a friend that met you, and I suppose it just wasn’t meant to be. I am sure one day, I will meet someone from “The Daily Love” community. Blessings, K

  • Talya Price

    You know I keep asking myself the same question. I too am at a crossroads in my life. Last week I had 2 auditions and I got the part for one of them and now my dream is finally coming true and I am scared but I am very happy. I just go with the flow, things do not happen overnight but sometimes you have to stop and just enjoy the ride.

  • Nadine

    Crazy how I was just journaling about how much resistance I have been facing and how tired I am from it and asking the universe for help. Then I come on Facebook and find this article. Perfectly timed. Thank you Chris and thank you TheDailyLove for posting! <3

  • An Bourmanne

    Good to see you’re back, Chris :) And I can so relate to what you’re saying. Something that truly helped/helps me tremendously to make those “should I do this or should I do that” decisions is knowing that can I always change my mind. That sounds silly, but realizing that was such a liberating AHA for me! xo