I was cleaning the bathroom the other day. As I glanced in the mirror preparing to wipe away many month’s worth of grime and gross, it dawned on me that I hadn’t been seeing myself clearly for a very long time. My daily time in front of that mirror was always clouded, never clear, and certainly not a true reflection of myself.
With extra time and way more elbow-grease than one should have to apply (it had been a long time!), I had a open visual field. I smiled. I liked what I saw…imperfections and all. I was free and clear to see myself.
Apply this to life.
The barriers or self-created stories that we conjure about people, situations, work and life cloud our vision. We have an opportunity each and every day to clean away the grime and gross and truly see our perfect selves.
Ask yourself these questions today:
-Can I see this situation from a different perspective?
-Can i rid myself of something or someone who does not help me to see a clear image or path?
-Are the stories i tell myself true? Real? Or just a way to keep my fear of moving forward at bay?
Clean off your mirror today. Check out this short video (by our creative manager Daryl Byklum) for inspiration.
We fill up and add “things” to our lives. We welcome in new items, self-help objects, technology, and “stuff” of all kinds. We do this in the belief that these new objects will get us to where we need to be…happiness, success, more money, weight-loss, etc.
The opposite is true.
We need to REMOVE these items and objects to get us to where we need to go.
When you remove, you create more space – essentially for LOVE.
Love for yourself.
Love for others.
Love for life.
Love for nature.
Love for a higher being.
Love for family and friends.
Check out bentmaps.com and discover real-life stores of how one family choose to REMOVE the unnecessary “things” in life, creating more space for love and allowing them to live the richest life possible.
Have you ever thought about how a pineapple grows? First thought…on a tree? Second thought…I have never really thought about that. Third thought… maybe not a tree. A bush? The ground? Maybe it is a tree?
Pineapples grow up from the ground. And sometimes when we are faced with challenges, difficulties or uncertainties, it is wise to remember to take a different perspective. Take a moment to refocus and reevaluate what the circumstance may be. The answer may just be right in front of you…like a pineapple.
Movement! The human body was designed to move and stand. Not sit and be inactive. When you move, your cortisol (stress hormone) decreases, and your endorphins increase. This endorphin rush can propel you for a whole day. That is largely why it is recommended that if you can, exercise in the morning hours. But little choices all day are beautiful…take the stairs, stand at a meeting rather than sit, take your breaks and move, use the stairs in your home and go up and down them several times. I use the kitchen counter when I am cooking to do “hula hips,” squats, leg lifts, etc. Add in strength moves when you are walking the stairs at work: squats, toe and heel raises, arm stretches. Small moments like this go a long way!