During a Moving Forward. Being Still workshop the other week in East Greenwich, RI., I was leading a group though a discussion about three elements we find coming up again and again in the things we’re trying to achieve–in our lives and in our bodies. BALANCE. FLEXIBILITY. STRENGTH. Each play a role in getting us where we want to go physically and emotionally. I’ve given a lot of thought to the conversation that came out of Flexibility.
There are ways in which our bodies just are not flexible. No matter how much yoga or stretching you do, a part of your body may always be tighter than others. This may have been caused by an injury, your body structure or a certain amount of holding you’ve done in a particular part of your body over a long period of time. The same goes for in your life. There may be certain areas where you cannot bend. There may be boundaries around the flexibility you allow in. Call them deal breakers if you will. But whatever they are, these inflexibilities are there for a reason and they can be same reasons you’re inflexible in your body. You’re just built a certain way, a past experience has created a pattern in your thinking, you have been hurt. And maybe it’s ok. Pushing our limits of flexibility both in body and mind can be good. But acknowledging our limits and the reason they’re there is perhaps more valuable.
This morning walking my dog I took notice, maybe for the first time ever, of the sign attached to the traffic light. There above the button you’re supposed to press to initiate change to a red light and a safe crossing time, was a metal sign explaining how it works. A few instructions. Press the button. Wait until you get the go ahead and cross. If you start, finishing crossing. Watch the countdown of seconds for a safe crossing before the light changes again. For each instruction there was a small illustration and next to the safe crossing countdown was the number 8. Suggesting that you have 8 seconds to cross the street.
In a span of time lasting 8 seconds you can completely change your perspective. One side of the street to another. It takes 8 seconds only. Think of how many 8 second opportunities you have in one day. (I’m not going to do the math.) A lot. Make some of them count.
Thursday, January 23rd
Desire Collaging at Craftland.
A hands on workshop creating collages to help visualize goals for the future. The finished product will represent what we most desire for the future. Wine and nibbles provided.
Saturday, February 8th
Moving Forward. Being Still. Yoga and Coaching workshop at Focus Yoga in East Greenwich.
In this afternoon workshop you will move closer to your future goals while exploring the present moment on your mat. You will examine elements of balance, flexibility and strength as they relate to your body and where you can invite these elements into your lives and aspirations.
Bring a journal, pen and yoga mat.
Thursday, March 6th
Moving Forward. Being Still. Yoga and Coaching workshop with the PVD Lady Project. Ladies only please.
In this workshop you will move closer to your future goals while exploring the present moment on your mat. You will examine elements of balance, flexibility and strength as they relate to your body and where you can invite these elements into your lives and aspirations.
Tuesday, March 11th
Balanced Life, Balanced Training. A workshop for dog owners at Solid K9 Training.
An evening of wine, cheese and bringing your life and your dog’s training into balance. Bring your dog. Open to current clients of Solid K9 training. 100% of proceeds go to Jeff’s Pack Rescue.
And More Workshops Coming……..
Small business owners know that the most challenging part of the job is not doing what it is you do–that thing you’re super good and the reason why you started a business in the first place. No, that’s the easy part. It’s the spreading of your message that’s hard. In other words, marketing.
There are so many ways to communicate your talents these days that I’ve often sat overwhelmed by where to start. The internet alone can lead you down a path of no return with short videos, downloadable gifts, web articles, 21 day programs and on and on. Do I need to do all these things?
The answer I’ve come it is no, I don’t. Not all of them. I need to do the things that feel most authentic to me, do them well and do them often. And this will bring the kinds of clients that I’m looking for. We all have ways in which we express ourselves best. Writing, fine art making, speaking, video production, teaching, one-on-one discussion. If you’ve got a message to get out, figure out what your best two ways of communication are and do them consistently. And here’s maybe the challenging part–let go of the other stuff. If it doesn’t feel right to you, your audience can tell and won’t respond. At least that’s what I’m starting to figure out. This is my most current small business owner challenge. Twitter for example, I just can’t. There’s nothing there that grabs my soul and so doesn’t work for me. I’m letting it go. I will survive.
Substitute small business marketing for job, relationship, environment and the same thing goes. Do what you do best and what makes you feel most comfortable. Do it from a place that is authentically you and soon enough, you will find success.