Lessons from Shiloh… Flexibility

By March 31, 2016Flexibility

Today, Shiloh was not listening and following commands like she usually does.  I was getting frustrated with her because we only had a short time to play.  It brought up this idea of flexibility.  I’m I being flexible with what is happening and how the day is flowing or am I being too task oriented and time bound.

So I wanted to ask you…

When things don’t go exactly as you have planned or you feel thrown off schedule, how do you react?

Do you react in a patient way, a frustrated way, does it throw you off your game for the day, what is it for you?

When talking to clients and friends lately, this topic of being so time bound and so scheduled has come up and how do we adjust when things don’t flow or go exactly the way we want them to.

This idea of being more flexible and “Don’t sweat the small stuff and it’s all small stuff,” made popular by Richard Carlson, came to mind.  I know when we are in that place of feeling rushed or out of control it can feel real big or dramatic but if you take a the 10,000 foot view, you may realize that it is just small stuff. This awareness can help shift you from going down a road that isn’t going to serve you.

When flexibility came up for me, I also thought about the body.  When we are tight and rigid in the body, we are often are tight and rigid in our schedule and in our thoughts…it’s all connected.  The body is just a sounding board for the soul.  This also works in reverse, if you are too rigid in you thoughts and beliefs then your body will manifest a tightness and rigidity.

It is so important to keep your body flexible.  Making sure you are stretching, doing yoga, getting massages and practicing self-care.  Also, keeping your mind flexible is critical to learning and growth.  The most dangerous words we can say are, “I already know that”, when we approach a situation or read something or hear a speaker.  When we do that all learning shuts off.

Let’s be honest, have you ever thought you knew something and had some beliefs around it, then heard it again and everything shifted.  Maybe you finally got it or maybe you were in a position to hear it differently.  So being flexible and being open with your thoughts and ideas is so critical for your own growth and wellness.

Being flexible when things aren’t going the way you want within your schedule or day, will help you flow with more ease and grace.  Being flexible within your body by trying to eliminate any tightness or constriction will open a new level of health for you. Being flexible in your thoughts and beliefs and looking at everything as a lesson, will open a whole new world to you.

Today, Shiloh was teaching me to be more flexible, to lighten-up a little, have some fun, don’t sweat the small stuff and enjoy the moment!!

“Who wants to join me!!”

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