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Get a different perspective

I've been thinking about the power of yoga lately.

I just posted on facebook: "Sometimes you need to turn things upside down and get a different perspective."

& then I felt compelled to write about it a bit more.  I opened up my moleskine and grabbed my pink staedtler fineliner pen (there's something luscious about truly enjoying journaling materials) and so much was there, waiting to be said.

I want to share with you the good stuff:

Sometimes you get stuck in a rut.  Sometimes it's so easy to complain, to compare, to worry, to feel vulnerable and desperate.  Sometimes you feel like you are pulling twice your weight through the mud.  Sometimes it seems like everyone else is moving forward with ease except for you.

That's when it's time to get upside down.

Why?  Because thinking like that sucks, to be blunt.  Who wants to think like that?  What good does it serve?  It for sure does not serve you.  What you need is a little movement, a little shift. 

Get upside down.  Flip your perspective.  Create the shift for yourself.  Because you have the power to change your mind. 

When you change your mind, when you see things in a different way, when you find the gratitude and the joy in all moments of life -- that's when things get good.  That's when things get juicy.

For example, let's say you have a goal.  You wanted to reach that goal by the end of the month.  It's almost mid-way through the month and you are not there yet.  You might get cranky about it.  You might start to feel bad.  You might start to doubt. 

That's when you need to flip it (and maybe flip it off).

Instead of feeling doubt, what can you celebrate?  What can you change?  What can you be proud of, in this moment?  Who can you call or turn to to help you to see things in a different light? Maybe just *setting* the goal was the achievement, regardless of whether you reach it or not.  It's the thought.  It's the idea.  You've got to plant the seed and nurture it.  Sometimes seeds grow when they want to, but we need to love and tend to them all the same.  Let them bloom when they will, but keep doing the work, trusting that the plant will grow when it's ready.

& sometimes it's damn hard to be patient.

But you've got this.  I know it.

So, the getting upside down part physically is not necessary for this shift in perspective to work.  But it really helps me.  If headstand isn't your thing, find a wall.  Sit down in front of the wall, and then lay down on the floor while you swing your legs up against the wall.  Wiggle until your bottom is close to where the wall and the floor meet.  Viola!  Legs up the wall pose helps to calm the nervous system AND gets you upside down.  It's win-win.

So tell me:  what helps you to shift your perspective?

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