I’m not going to lie: It has been a rough couple of weeks.
I have suddenly been confronted with challenges, surprises, drama and pretty much anything else a person could imagine in the realms of personal life, health, family and career. And, honestly, I have not always been zen about the circumstances (#momentsofborderlinehysteria).
Maybe you can relate? After all, we all get overwhelmed sometimes.
Then, just a couple days ago, it all began to shift. That’s in part because of my guardian angel and some luck, yes, but it’s primarily because I put my I.AM.YOU. yoga to work.
During the beginning of this challenging phase, I tried to control various outcomes. When I realized that was impossible (thank you, yoga, for the reminder!), I got more worried, panicked and stressed. Those reactions threw me into a mental vortex, which clouded my perception of everything around me and adversely affected my body, mind and life further. It was as if my attitude had slipped into a bottomless abyss, and I had forgotten that, in fact, I could do something to pull it back out.
What I realized I could do, and then did, was very simple: I shifted my attitude to a more positive place.
How I did it was even more simple: I brought to mind something positive or exciting every time I felt myself start to slip back into a state of hysterical negativity and worry or got bad news.
What a difference it has made!
You see, there are some things you can control in life: your mind, perception and attitude. I nourished my mind with positive thoughts to manually shift my perception and, thus, created not only a new attitude with which to roll, but a new world to roll in.
So next time you get overwhelmed by everything going on around you, simply choose to change your attitude and feed yourself what you need to get the results you want. It’s possible and oh so sunny on the other side.
A wise, beautiful woman recently said something to me at a business meeting in Barcelona…. She said it was her time to be selfish.
On the onset I was not quite sure what she meant; was she going to steal what was left of my salad? Not listen to what I said? Not show up to a meeting the next day? Then I realized her declaration of selfishness is exactly what I needed to hear, and practice.
It is increasingly difficult to nourish ourselves in today’s world. Demands of work, family, friends, health and well, general life, often take center court. But sometimes we need to focus just on ourselves, on our physical and energetic beings, so that we can truly flourish, live, and excel at whatever it is that calls us. If we don’t, we run the risk of racing through life’s motions without experiencing anything at all, or even worse, not being able to help those around us in need.
It’s ok to be selfish. In fact, we should be selfish sometimes.
This week take a moment for you. Treat yourself to a massage, indulge in a longer walk the subway to clear your mind, enjoy your favorite foods with no guilt. Do whatever it is you think you do not have the time, energy or space to do.
Be selfish to be selfless.
I’ll join you from here.