This morning while walking the seashore I noticed the birds and planes flying through the sky. Depending on my angle the bird and plane could look the same size. A plane looks so small against the clouds yet it is a giant machine. Then I thought about being in a plane and looking out the window… the cities become small and distant like a fake or toy Lego land. As a photographer I love to capture these images, and play with how we see things.
This led to the idea of PERSPECTIVE! How lucky we are to be able to change our perspectives. We can go outside take a walk. Go to the beach, or work on an art project. We can even change our mindset or mood with a couple breaths. We really have a great power to be able to shift our perspectives.
They key word is CHANGE it up! MIX it up! SHAKE it up! We have to move out of our narrow mind or shake up our stiff body or try on a new idea. A moment of discomfort can actually be the impetus for positive change. I encourage you to switch something around today. Maybe brush your teeth with your other hand or sit in a different chair than you normally do, go to a new restaurant or shop you’ve never been to, take a walk in nature, get out your camera or phone and start snapping.
Sometimes it is windy and rough. Other times it is so still and glassy you can see through to the sandbar at the bottom of the ocean. Today was a calm, clear, sunny day and it made me wonder how we can bring more calm into our day. What’s your hack?
I like to pause and close my eyes connect with my center or start a gratitude list in my head. Sometimes I just rest or nap in the late afternoon. Putting my hand on my heart and belly while taking a few breaths is also very nice and settling. When I notice myself getting frustrated or over amped, taking a deep breath or slowing down my speech really helps. Sipping a cup of peppermint or chamomile tea is also relaxing. Mindfully walking around and photographing or working on a collage also brings peace to my soul. And there is always lying down on the sand and listening to the sound of the waves….
Tell me how you bring calm into your daily routine?
On my way to the Beach this morning, I saw a woman drive by in her car Smiling, swaying, and probably singing away in her car. Immediately my lips lifted and a huge grin took over my face! Before I was even aware of it my body caught the joy and went with it. I felt uplifted.
In my Biodynamic Craniosacral course we talked about how a smile connects us and tells each other we are safe and accepted. It’s a relationship builder and helps to settle the nervous system. Another study proved that just by changing your facial expression it could shift your mood. A frown or smile would start to shift your brain chemistry. So even if we aren’t feeling it we can smile and eventually our mood will catch up. Even a fake smile is powerful.
I believe underneath it all we have an innate propensity for peace and happiness. It is often clouded by conditioning, media, messages, and stories. A smile can be an essential tool at cutting through to a positive source within.
Go ahead and try it. Smile at someone today. How did it go? Let me know below…