On occasion, I find myself becoming aware of a feeling that I can only describe as “disjointed.” Things lack the usual amount of coherence and I find myself feeling unsettled more often than not.

Over time, I’ve realized that the first step to dealing with such feelings isn’t getting into solution mode and mapping out everything I need to do to feel better.

Instead, it is to start by acknowledging both the feeling for what it is and the fact that it might take time to resolve the knots I’m dealing with.

That acknowledgment tends to precede calm and stillness that, in turn, provide the space to explore the solutions I’m seeking.