Since birth, we have existed in a flow between our thoughts, senses and feelings. These three filters shape how we imagine, connect and communicate with the world and ourselves.
In each moment, these filters are frequently adjusting to and interpreting new stimuli. For example, what happens when you watch the news? Smell something delicious? Get a text message or email?
Breaking news: Clean and healthy filters will keep your engine running smoothly for as long as you own your car!
At my workshop, Is it Time for a Tune-Up? I invite participants to approach self-care like tuning up a car. Bottom line: If you want a car to last, you follow a maintenance schedule based on mileage or if an issue demands attention.
What does your filter look like? Is it clean? Clogged? Not working? A workshop participant said she postponed her doctor visit so many times that she gave up on scheduling it. Why? Because she experienced guilty whenever she took a break from her clients. Whoa! Imagine what her filters look like, dear friends!
How do you know when it's time to change out your filters?
If you answer yes to 3 or more of these questions, you are due for service!
1. Are you hoarding a lot of mental, sensory or emotional trash? Does this rubbish overload you?
2. Are you centered from the inside out or always distracted by outside noise?
3. When disruptions occur, do you run in that direction or do you wait and see if this new thought, sensation or feeling will feed you?
4. Do you create more fantasies about yourself to escape reality or are you using the truth to stay honest and authentic in your story?
5. Do your routines block your way of thinking, sensing and feeling positive and creative?
1. Set up a service schedule. Your mission: clear the air! Check in with yourself at the end of each day for a few minutes. Ask yourself the questions above to determine what needs your attention.
2. Do something different. Walk backwards around the house. Put on a blindfold and eat a meal or watch TV. Send love to a part of your body you tend to ignore, like the back of your hand or behind your kneecaps.
3. Get quiet and listen to your thoughts, senses and feelings. What are they telling you?