Thursday 6 November 2014
I recently spent three months in the north of England. You might have called it something of a working holiday. I was taking time out of my usual life in Spain to explore some parts of the English countryside I had never visited as well as to catch up with family and friends. While there, I traced the entire length of the historic Leeds & Liverpool Canal, with stops in both Leeds and Liverpool and various points along the way.
The counties of Yorkshire and Lancashire have scenery that cannot help but relax you - no matter how stressed or running on empty you are. But it's more about what happened just prior to my return that I want to share with you today.
While I was flying back to Spain, I noticed just how anxious I was becoming. My mind seemed to be racing - running on overdrive. What would I find returning after a whole three months away? Would there be unexpected work to be done or would upsetting news await me? I seemed to be entertaining just about every possible scenario, all of which seemed to lead to doomsday.
Before I knew it, I was thinking that I could really do with a holiday. But hang on, I had just come from a holiday and a lengthy one at that. Did I need longer? Or, could something else be afoot?
If I counsel, coach or teach you, then you'll know that I'm forever talking about making sure that you're grounded and centred. And when I checked in with myself, I realised that I was neither. More than that, I had made the classic mistake of allowing my thoughts - and by thoughts in this instance I mean worries, anxieties and fears - get the better of me.
A quick grounding and centring exercise restored my true state of mind (read: sanity) and I could once again see clearly. I could then appreciate that I had been pondering every scenario with the exception of the one that things might be just as I had left them with everything ticking over nicely in my absence. Being grounded and centred allows you to gain a sense of perspective, objectivity and impartiality that makes it so much easier to be optimistic, which is absolutely crucial since our thoughts really do possess a power to attract the very thing we are thinking about.
In the end, I arrived home safe and sound to find everything just as it should be - safe and sound. There had been no reason to fret. And had I remembered to keep a tight rein on my thoughts - instead of allowing them to keep me under a tight rein - I could have saved myself considerable bother.
I share this anecdote with you to remind you that it takes practice, courage and perseverance to control your thoughts - not to be a slave to them but master of them. It can be done - and when it is done, life is so much easier.
If this is something that you're struggling with, don't delay in scheduling a session with me to learn how to ground and centre yourself - a key step in releasing fear and embracing faith as you create a true and authentic life.
Until next time,
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