Thursday, 16 July 2015

Shifting my perception usually works wonders!!

I will let you in on a little secret that has changed my life. For most of this year I have been practicing  what I call, 'Shifting Perception.' I simply question the way I am looking at a situation so I can maintain a level of equilibrium in my life. So I start the day and if its cold, I think, 'I can enjoy the cold.'  If the traffic is slow I think, 'I can't do anything about this, so I may as well go with the flow.' If I have a long road trip ahead I think,'This is going to be great, I will listen to my favourite pod casts, stop for coffee and enjoy the time in the car.' I picture the trip going well or the dinner party or the meeting.

My mind is working for me, not against me. I can see that we get ourselves all wound up about things we have no control over and that is pretty pointless. I take each day for what it is and make the most of what is happening in my life. As my thoughts are settled, there is space for more productive focus. I notice where I am needed and give my full attention to the person in front of me. I can see my goals and what my priorities are. I put this down to the habit of 'Shifting Perception.'

I suppose what I am doing is questioning any excuses, negativity, blocks or limitations. If I wanted to practice yoga and it hasn't happened yet, I imagine it happening and how good it is going to feel. I question why I am resisting some quiet time. I feel by body and that it would love a stretch. The yoga practice then happens.

It is like being awake and really clear.

But here is the problem....

This weekend I am taking Emma from boarding school to a polocrosse carnival. This is a 4 1/2 hr drive each way. We are meeting Howard, Brooke and the horses there and the plan is to sleep in the horse float. It snowed last night very close to where the carnival is being hosted. It has rained and it is muddy. I will have to spend the weekend out in the cold.

The girls are very excited that I have agreed to camp but it wasn't this cold when I suggested joining them in the horse float. So I have decided to really test this 'Shifting Perception' technique.

I have no control over the weather, I want to be good company, I want the girls to feel supported, I want to watch them play polocrosse. So here are my new thoughts on the matter.

'I am going to handle the cold without complaining. I am going to find ways to keep myself warm. I am going to be good company and make some fun.  I am going to lend a hand where ever needed. I picture myself with lots of energy and really enjoying the weekend. The cold will only be in short bursts..........2 degree wet bursts.......'

Its not working...

The reality is that the cold is going to be very uncomfortable - Im booking a motel nearby for a warm shower and warm bed when I need one!!!

#Note to Self - If 'Shifting Perception' isn't working go to plan B

'Shift Plans!' I can still be a good mum with plan B in place, we can camp another time...

Stay tuned for the polocrosse images next week.

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