What an amazing couple of months we’ve had! The world has been turned on its head and we’re adjusting to a different normal.
Some are resistant and want things to be like they were given that change has forced people into behaviour that is having to be adapted to the current circumstance. Others are more adaptive to the new and unknown and see the opportunity in what is essentially to them an adventure. Which are you?
Reflecting on the last couple of months where we’ve restricted ourselves to how much movement we do around our small city and how much contact we choose to have with people, personally I’ve gone out of my way to adapt and apply much of the learning we’ve done over the many years we’ve been working as coaches for change.
We have both been engaging in self-development studying online, reading articles and participating in a range of virtual programs, forums and sessions while also being focused on self-care working out, doing daily yoga and meditation practice, gardening and getting onto our beach given the weather has finally cooled off up in the tropics and it is a simple pleasure to get the sand between the toes.
If I were to dwell on the negatives there may be a few – loss of income, freedom of movement, social life, lack of travel being amongst them however I can’t change that. It is what it is. What I choose is how I deal with it just like you get to choose how you do.
Interestingly enough a lot of those choices we make come out of embedded traits caused by the chemical state we have infused into our body over long periods of time and that play out for us in our chosen beliefs about the world around us and events that happen.
Dr Joe Dispenza speaks about this when he talks about being in a survival state or in a creative state. Either has an effect on the brain and the neurochemicals released into our bodies that build a state of mind. Based on our thoughts we are continuously releasing hormones into our bodies. Whatever the chemical state we create (reactive/controlling or responsive/flow) and we hold that state for hours, possibly days that creates a mood. If we hold that state for weeks to months that creates a temperament and if we continue to hold that state for years we create personality traits.
In a reactive or survival state we create stress that puts our body and brain out of balance, creating over the long term dis-ease that can lead to disease. In this state of mind we are more likely to want to control our environment and will fight, compete and manipulate to bring things back to our way of being. The risk in that is the brain has limited resources available to it to sustain that effort and will literally burn us up creating fatigue, exhaustion and eventually system collapse or worse.
In the creative/flow state it is the opposite. The focus is on appreciation, gratitude, joy, love and trust – both in self and others. There is a seeking of possibility and opportunity and a coherence in the flow of what you observe in the environment. The key thing is that the unknown is the adventure!
I know which works for me and while it can be scary the power is believing more in the future than believing in the past. Namaste.