When I first heard the phrase Circling In Life, it was within one of my favorite books “Gratitude and Beyond” by Dr. Allan G. Hunter and thereafter, I had the pleasure interviewing Dr. Hunter on The Nancy Ferrari Show.
His concept of circling in life is based on people repeating patterns and going nowhere except round and round. Have you ever been in an airplane and circling over the airport until pilots are cleared to land? How about the people you choose to surround yourself who always agree with you and the drama of the story gets bigger and bigger each time? All of this feels exhausting to most of us, yet we don’t recognize it until we have stepped out of the circle. With that said, why is it that we circle in life when it comes to making decisions or when we are in times of transition? Several words come to mind such as fear, terrified of stepping out of our comfort zone and repeated behaviors. All of these examples bring forth the same outcome … the same thing. No wonder there was a song with the lyrics: “round and round and round we go, where we stop, nobody knows”.
On the flip side, as I share the concept of “spiraling”, I am not referring to a downward spiral such as when life feels like its spinning is out of control.
Take a moment to draw a spiral on a piece of paper. Notice that the tip of the spiral is not attached to the beginning point where you draw your spiral, which is indicative of infinite possibilities beyond measure! A far more positive and empowering experience will be yours when you shift from circling to spiraling. As I passionately, encourage journaling, here is a quick exercise when you feel as if you’re circling and unable to move through it. Make time to write the two words “circle” and “spiral” on a piece of paper and write down your behaviors or patterns that are circling and those which are in a spiral. You will see where you’re stuck and also where you’re in resistance. Remember, what you resist, persists. It will become very clear where you can apply some shifts to truly live in an empowered state and that all things are possible!
Cheers ~ Nancy Ferrari
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