Greetings from the field, Maestros. It’s a sunny (YAY!) seventeen degrees (BOO!) here in Connecticut & while I huff & grumble about the big change I made last year by moving away from my former vibrant, toasty warm little island to help bring about a better family environment, I’m also reminded that change can come about in a number of ways & doesn’t require Herculean efforts to get the effects we want.
While my move definitely embraced the perspective of letting yourself explore something utterly different that what you know, sometimes all it takes is a subtle micro-movement to set us on a better trajectory. Sometimes a combination of the two can make for an even more powerful ripple effect.
It’s an interesting concept for me to explore, given that I’m more the GO BIG, ROCKET SHIP ME TO A DIFFERENT STRATOSPHERE type of gal. When I’ve got my mind set on a vision that requires change, I want it swift & with efficiency. (Thus the bold move north despite my hunches screaming otherwise).
But lately that saying “insanity is doing the same thing over & over again & expecting different results” has been playing like a broken record on my brain grooves. It appears my drastic, bold moves aren’t proving to be very effective. & truth be told, I’m too tired to even think about bold moves above & beyond the daydream of it. & as you & I know, daydreams stay daydreams until you put a little action into them.
I’ve decided It’s high time I do something different.
The DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT experiment.
If you’re reading this blog, chances are you’re already a bit “different.” But even with all of our interesting quirks that makes us so dang special, sometimes we can get stuck in our ruts. Activate: rut be gone. It’s the Do SOMETHING DIFFERENT experiment.
What if, for the next three weeks (the amount of time it takes for most habits to form), you looked at your current actions that aren’t serving you well & did something totally different?
It seems so ridiculously simple, doesn’t it? The funny thing about simplicity is that we humans tend to make it so complicated. We get wrapped up in the details & lose the overall tone or vision we were headed for.
So what’s tripping you up? What pattern of YOURS seems to be spiraling you IN instead of OUT? How can you reverse the direction so that the energy you invest is fluid & affirming? Pick a thing or two & let’s get to it.
Mine, in case you are wondering, are:
- To stop pretending I’m a mind reader & ask what’s going on when I’m not really sure. (As in: assuming someone’s behavior is based on something I did or didn’t do. Childhood co-dependent issues, anyone?)
- To stop concerning myself with the “HOW” of things & let myself relish the “NOW.” (This is epically hard for my type A personality).
- To paint & write for just a half hour every day (vs. get totally overwhelmed because I see things in their finished version & it feels SO SO far away. Gallery shows & book deals don’t happen unless you make the damn art. Which is the fun part so what the hell am I waiting for, anyway?)
- To consider a future career in an organized, like-minded industry vs. freelance for the rest of my life. (This makes me balk slightly but if the organization is right & embraces my entrepreneurial spirit, why not?)
- To be open to an ssi experiment to help boost the neurogenesis in my dear ol’ hippocampus. (That’s code for get my neuro mojo back on track. It’s been a rough couple of years, dear Maestros, especially as of late!) This one is huge since I’m all about being able to use natural, alternative methods to redirect my energy. But because my exhaustion kicks in EVERY DAY at 2 in the afternoon despite all my best efforts, it feels appropriate to check out other options at this point.
I also recently made a four hour drive (I’m terrified of driving) to for an annual college pal weekend, where I drank tequila, ordered beef tenderloin, went snowshoeing & cross country skiing, & had my face done up in full make-up- all things that are SO not on my typical radar. IT WAS DELICIOUSLY FUN!
I’ve just been rawly honest with you. How bout you now take a moment & jot down a few things you might consider?
Think MICRO MOVEMENTS. Start small. Build from there.
Most who know me on a personal level also know that I am eager to shift my current personal circumstances. I didn’t start off the new year with “astronaut” as my chosen word to guide me for nothing.
But when I tune in & take stock, I hear very clearly that blasting off headlong into space may leave me & my little ones perilously floating. While it’s fine to keep that as the final vision, I am making some adjustments along the way to getting there. Slowing down gives me a better chance to FEEL if it’s working for me (& my family) or not.
For all of you similar Rocket Ship riders out there, take a deep breath. You WILL get where you want to go even if its what feels like a snail’s pace to you.
The good thing about small, subtle changes is that they don’t totally tweak your alignment & allow for you to fine tune as you go.
The physical body is a great metaphor for this. In the yoga classes I lead, we’ve been exploring the concept of making small adjustments to better increase the energy of a pose & to find that effortless place of aliveness & flow. It is a powerful discovery indeed when a student suffering with body image issues forgets her old beliefs of being “too heavy” & finds that, with a simple lift of her tailbone while pressing into her hands, she can “fly” into Crow Pose. Her moment of joy was contagious & I am sure that it carried her off the mat into the other aspects of her life that afternoon.
The neuroscience of the body is also distinctly linked to how you feel. Simple experiments in deepening your breath, adding an upward curl to the edges of your mouth, sitting up tall with the heart open & shoulders back & letting the body totally stop for rest can all deeply effect the overall nature of your mood & ability to tap into your own flow mojo.
Small, slow & steady can get you where you need & want to be, & that sort of pace can be beneficial when you’re not familiar with the direction you are taking.
So ask yourself, why be normal? What can I do to create the impetus for change when change is what I want? & How can I implement them, slowly & mindfully, so that I’m not overwhelmed?
You got this, dear Maestro. Slow & steady, in a whole new weird & wonderful way.
*Disclaimer: On a spiritual note, I know that despite my discomfort, annoyance, exhaustion, & overall blue-moodedness, I am EXACTLY where I need to be. & YOU are, too! TRUST THE PROCESS, dear Meastros! xo
Cricket Desmarais finally lost the fifteen pounds she gained last winter making & eating baked goods by dropping processed sugars & gluten. Her butt is smaller & her rashes have subsided but her bones are still cold & she has a new respect for New Englanders in general, especially ones that small when it’s 17 degrees outside. She is also experimenting with being more irreverent to see if it increases her Flow Mojo.
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