It’s normal but unsettling…
The period of time when we return to normal life after an event such as a conference or gathering. The Story Conference in Chicago is just that sort of thing.
I woke up today with a palpable need to self-soothe. The stress of travel, new surroundings, increased interactions, imparted wisdom, and stimulation overload unearthed deeper pain.
Creativity and pain hold hands. Did you know that?
The one helps the other and vice versa.
Interactions and creative energy revive us at a wonderful conference like STORY, but the let down happens just afterwards, and we scarcely feel ready for it.
Pain surfaces after our experiences and without the tools to do well with it, and the spiritual friendship and mentoring to make sense of it (a.k.a. SOUL CARE), we can make poor decisions or fail to thrive in the aftermath of something so initially nourishing.
You’ll find yourself doing what I’ve done:
Distracting yourself (be it with tech, food, friends, or hobbies)
withdrawing (disconnecting from others)
feeling angry or discontent (do I really need to explain this???…GEEEZE! …er….whoops)
The inspiration shifts to frustration or let down.
But this is the time when divine stirrings are greatest. Spiritual companionship is a way to work through this time and grow. It can be a time of hope instead of confusion or awkwardness.
What are some of the emotions you feel in the days after a great and uplifting event?