Can you be fully involved in a task/event that you let go completely and just focus on the given moment? Is that even possible?
I had a Saturday off. Plans were cancelled and I was free.
What does one do on a free Saturday? The options were endless. Of course the constant battle with housework crossed my mind, but it would still be there tomorrow.
I needed something social but low key. Then my little sister called. She was free as well, but what shall we do? Let's step out of the day to day tasks and do something fun.
Bring a pretty dress and let's have a tea party.
We made lavender tea bread, mini pies and four kinds of tea. We dressed up and took pictures. We got outside the mundane and created something beautiful for ourselves. It was lovely.
Sure, the idea of "Let's have a tea party" sounds crazy and childish... but, what if we played more in life? What if we created more fun? What if we let that inner child out more often to create without consequences?
Could we let go of critiques and just be in creation? Living in the moment and really just enjoying it.
- Jenn Rose
Yesterday I had the pleasure to teach breathing techniques and gentle stretches to a group of educational administrators. Some refused to play along when I asked them to close their eyes, scrunch up their faces and then raise their eye brows and open their mouths wide because they didn't want to look "weird" in front of their colleagues. Others participated whole heartedly with big smiles.
This got me thinking, how many experiences we give up on because we don't want to stand out and look weird. How many new ideas did we pass up? How many chances to chase our dreams did we let slip by?!
Then this morning I found the following proverb in a recent Mind Body Green article about meditation.
Can we stand fully in our own power and be rooted to ourselves that the wind doesn't scare us? The wind in this situation being the unknown, the weird, the backlash of standing out. Are we confident enough in our own being that we can be different?
Today, we live in a world where we post pictures of our dinner on the internet for strangers to "like" and give positive feedback.
What if we gave ourselves our own feed back? The 'ole pat on the back?
Let's choose to be our own cheerleaders, counselors and coaches.
Stand fully in your own power and then provide feedback. Don't forget to amp up the positives! Choosing to be yourself keeps those roots growing, so we can continue to live with the wind.
Love & Courage,
- Jenn Rose
Even when we've had the worst day, there is always something that happened that we an consider to be a win! When we are down in the dumps we may not be ready to find that win.
If you've been reading along with me, you know that I love Veronica Varlow! In one of her recent BitchCraft sessions she mentioned how we as humans are hard-wired to remember the negative. It's something in our genetic make-up to help us stay away from danger and ultimately keep us safe. However in our current world, most of us aren't running away from bears while foraging for food. Many of the fight or flight behaviors show up during our day to day adventures; think a tough meeting with the boss, etc. If it doesn't go as planned those negative experiences, comments, etc. stick with us longer than we can remember those positive things! Getting a little primal, is this making sense?
So what are we to do when we are wired to remember the negative, instead of the positive? We just have to make more of an effort! Let's literally change the way our brains work.
I've been working on writing "3 Good Things" in my journal daily to spark positive vibes. Paper and pen not your thing? Try the Bliss app on your phone. How about an online journal?
We can begin to train ourselves to see more positive things, if we choose to focus on it. The best part of this is if you start to look for the good, you'll notice more and more positives! As a result your gratitudefor every day things begins to sky rocket! Which by the way is another positive. ;)
For more information on this topic, check out this awesome TED Talk!
Let's get out there and find the good!
- Jenn Rose <3