Imagine your day-to-day life is like carrying around a little bucket. In it, you’ve got different kinds of energies: emotional energy, mental energy, meaning energy, and physical energy. Ever felt so tired even though you had a good night’s sleep? That’s probably your emotional bucket feeling heavy.

But here’s the catch: these energies can look different. You might be tired physically but feel okay emotionally. Or you might be mentally sharp, but you just can’t seem to find the motivation or ‘meaning’ to do anything.

Berlin’s rapid pace can sometimes tip these buckets, especially the emotional one. A stressful meeting, a missed U-Bahn, or just the sheer rush of the city – and boom! Overwhelm strikes.

So, when your emotional bucket feels too full, what can you do? Here are the two main options:

  1. Empty it: Find ways to release your emotions. This could be through talking to someone, journaling, or practicing meditation. Berlin has some amazing meditation spots, parks, and quiet corners where you can sit down, take a deep breath, and let go.
  2. Increase its size: Grow your emotional capacity. This means building resilience. Over time, with practices like meditation, you can handle more without feeling overwhelmed. And the bonus? You get better at managing all other energies too!

Remember, it’s okay to feel overwhelmed sometimes. Everyone’s bucket overflows now and then. The trick is knowing how to manage it. So, the next time you’re wandering Berlin’s streets and feel that familiar weight, remember your your bucket and your meditation practice.

Someone sitting in meditation in berlin