I have always been fascinated with the intrinsic link between our inner state of being and our physical experience in life. It seems that there are times when all the physical effort in the world isn’t enough to achieve the change we are seeking. But at the same time, sometimes a simple shift in how we think, feel or perceive our selves, each other or our situation, creates a positive ripple across our physical experience that we never could have imagined.
There is a philosophy in our society that says, “Once I get X result, then I can feel Y.” Once I win that medal, climb that peak or build that business, then I will feel satisfied, significant, good enough. Once I buy that house and marry that person, then I will feel secure, safe, loved. Once I lose this weight, leave this job, etc., then I will feel free, happy, peaceful. While our tendency is to justify how we think and feel based on what is happening in our own personal circumstance, it’s powerful to consider that our personal circumstance is always in some way a reflection of the energy we bring into it. The following is a simple exercise to give us a cellular glimpse into this concept and the power of congruence.
Consider an area in your life you feel great about, or a specific time when you felt a real sense of flow and alignment in what you were doing. Give yourself a few moments to genuinely recall this time and consider the following:
- What does this experience feel like in your BODY? How do you breathe, stand, move when you are/were in this state of flow?
- What kind of THOUGHTS do you have with regards to this aspect of your life? (positive, clear, focused, certain, vague?)
- What kind of EMOTIONS do you feel coming into and out of this experience? (joy, freedom, peace)
- In this experience or aspect of life, what kind of BELIEFS do you have about yourself and what is possible?
- How do you SPEAK (to yourself and to others) about this aspect of your life?
What kind of actions do/did you take on a daily basis with regards to this area of your life? (dynamic, focused, fluid, open?)
As you build the feeling of this experience in your mind and body, again take note of your breathing, your posture, how you stand, what it feels like to be you in this moment. Now, consider an area of your life that you would most love to create a profound shift or change in the coming year. Take some time to reflect on how your current thoughts, feelings and beliefs may be contributing to your current experience AND how you imagine you will think and feel once you have created the change. If you could boil it down to a single emotion, what is the end result feeling of the change you are seeking?
Over the coming days, take some time to discover ways that you can generate this feeling in simple ways in your life. Open your mind to new ways of seeing, being and speaking about this area of your life and give yourself a chance to become an energetic beacon of that which you really want to create – and see what happens. You will be amazed.
Peace and Love, Jim