"The smallest change in perspective can transform a life. What tiny attitude adjustment might turn your world around?" Oprah Winfrey
I needed an attitude adjustment, a change in perspective, a shaking up of sorts.
I knew it and I was ready. So, I took a break (the first one in over 3 years) to retreat to my favorite little getaway with my family. We read, sat, giggled, painted, discussed deep subjects, chased butterflies, sniffed flowers, followed quail, watched snails move and generally spent time being 100% present in the moment with each other.
It was bliss. And when the day came to return home, I felt lost. Back to it I thought. But then I took a moment and thought - what did I learn here and what can I do to take this same sense of bliss back with me and integrate it into my daily life?
"Perspective: What you see not only depends on what you look at, but also, on where you look from." James Deacon
So I thought and thought and I came up with a list of things I learned and I made a list of what I could bring back with me into my life. I arrived home with a new attitude and a new perspective. Things I used to think were boring or irrelevant suddenly meant so much more. Tasks and chores I used to just "do" now came with a smile and a sense of how every single thing is special and valuable. I baked and cooked and cleaned and I did it with this beautiful sense of lightness. I committed to living each day as if I was still on retreat and it's been a life altering change.
"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." Henry David Thoreau
I hate to grocery shop. I know - that fell out of nowhere, right? The crowds, the sensory overload, the planning, the reading EVERY single product for details. It's often the least favorite part of my week. But, when I got back and applied what I learned on retreat, here's how I saw it.
I am lucky to have options when I shop - so many things to choose from - and many of them organic, fair trade, local. I am honored to select foods and supplies to feed and nourish my family helping them grow and flourish. I am blessed to live in a place where such bounty exists. I am uplifted to know that when I choose products wisely I support those who grow, harvest, and produce these items. I am thrilled that I have access to education on how to eat better and am able to read labels and choose what is right for me and my family.
PERSPECTIVE. Flip your script. It's not about what is there - it is how YOU see it. It's about gratitude and presence and so much more.
I came back with a renewed sense of family and how much I ADORE these people in my life. I returned with the desire to connect on a deeper level with my family, friends and community. I came home with a passion for living my life to its fullest, richest, craziest and to filling my life with more moments to step back, breathe, and just BE.
This is change. What about you? What kinds of things do you need to change to make your life the fullest and most beautiful ever?
Next month on the membership site we will be focusing on SELF LOVE with a weekend @ home retreat and so much more. Even if you aren't a member, dedicate your month to more self love and more self care. Live your best life every day!
See you on the mat!
I have been "playing" and experimenting with yoga, aromatherapy and healthy living since my late teens - researching, testing, reading, investigating, and learning anything that would make my life - and the lives around me - better naturally.
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