The gifts of perspective

This Wednesday (June 29th), you’ll all have the chance to see my perspective on a situation change, in real time. I interviewed Jennifer Urezzio for Wine Talk Wednesday this month, and instead of Q&A, I had her do her thing, and her thing is Soul Languages. She identified one of mine, and in just a few moments was able to help me shift my perspective on a situation that had been nagging me all day.

The thing about perspective is that most of us know it will come. Most of us know that we’ll eventually see the lesson in something, or the gift that comes from a challenging situation. The hard part is getting there. How can you take the steps to shift your perspective? Jennifer’s method worked beautifully for me, and I have some tips of my own for you.

Next time you’re reeling from a let down or trying to work through a challenging situation, try this:

  • Close your eyes and take a deep breath
  • Put a hand over your heart
  • Notice anything you feel in your body. Do you feel a temperature shift? Do you feel tension in any muscles? Do you feel any discomfort in any area? Does a certain part of you feel relaxed? Identify the part of your body that you’re most in touch with.
  • Ask it what it needs. This can be voiced out loud, or said quietly in your head, but if you feel tension in your neck, ask it what it needs.
  • As crazy as it might sound, you’ll probably hear or see something. Some people get an image, some get a word, but it’s always meaningful.
  • Take another breath with whatever image or word came to you, and then open your eyes.

This slowing down, and directing attention to the part of the body where the emotion is being carried, is a powerful way to shift your perspective!  Give it a try and I’d love to hear how it works for you in the comments below.

 

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