Although it is easier to live your life on auto-pilot, it can be disastrous if the direction you are heading is not where you intend to go. It can be of great benefit to regularly step back to gain perspective in your direction in order to make course corrections before you are too far down a path that you really didn't want to follow. It is like riding in your car and following a navigation system, which you later realize is set to the wrong destination! That is why there is the "view route" button on the screen. But how do we do we view the route in our own lives?
Separating the chaff from the wheat
Take a step back to gain perspective
Example: Music and Must
My second insight came one evening my husband, Rich, hooked his phone up to a speaker system and found a really nice station on Pandora while looking for beach music. It was not beach music, but had a really nice tempo that was both relaxing and upbeat at the same time. It felt so good and I realized that I needed to play more music that I resonate with at home, as music can have such a healing effect on our whole energy. It can relax and break a stress response as well as uplift spirits when we are feeling down. Music is also like food in that it is best to not eat the same thing all the time but to sense what it is that you need, and find the music that suits that need. Bonus tip: Be careful not to leave the music on the same station all the time because your needs are constantly changing.
As far as what I am wanting to let go of--I am totally done with playing with the musty issue in the front of our house. Before leaving for vacation we had torn out 2 walls in our master bedroom and when we returned, the same front wall in the kitchen was begging for attention, too. We immediately hired the craftsman who originally made the kitchen cabinets 26 years ago to remove all of the lower cabinets. We removed the lower half of the walls. We used a green spray foam to seal the walls, replaced the wallboard and put the cabinets back. We even refinished some of the wood that had taken a beating over the last 26 years and it looks like we have renovated kitchen--all in 2 weeks! Yes it is taking a lot of time and effort, but the kitchen no longer smells. It removed a burden from my energy--both the physical burden of being exposed to mold and the mental burden of concern over how to address it. The bedroom walls are next to be foamed!
Create a plan to implement change
As a result, even though I have work to do, when I look outside and it is beautiful out, I now go outside if only for 5 minutes, and take some deep breaths and stretch. I walk around a bit and enjoy nature. I listen to Pandora music more at home. I really like Pandora because you can decide on what you are in the mood for and it creates a station with similar music. I also committed to adding more movement into my life and am more easily integrating that by dancing to the music!
Commit to taking action
Get an accountability partner
Take a look at your life--do you need to reset your destination?
"Sometimes it is a good idea to take a step backwards in order to move forward in your life!"