A Matter of Perspective by Cloris Kylie Stock
Today I’m turning over the reins to one of my favorite bloggers again. Here’s Cloris:
A Matter of Perspective
by Cloris Kylie Stock
I’m a paddleboarder, and the people at my local paddleboard and kayak rental place know it.
As soon as Daniel, the guy in charge, saw me, he reached out for a standup paddle. “Paddleboard, right?” he said, his question rhetorical rather than inquisitive.
“No,” I replied. “I’m taking out a kayak today.”
He was surprised, and part of me was, too. As most of us do, I tend to stick with what I know I enjoy, but that day I felt like doing something different.
And with the first motion of the kayak paddle, the lessons to be learned started.
First, I was reminded that, as Dr. Wayne Dyer says, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” I keep this quote on a board in front of my computer because when life gets tough, I tend to forget that a new perspective can change my situation. However, a much more powerful reminder of this truth was to experience how different everything around me seemed to be when I sat so close to the water.
In two of my favorite books, The Power of Awareness by Neville Goddard, and Wishes Fulfilled by Wayne Dyer, I was introduced to the amazing power of feeling something (experiencing it) in my body as a way to reprogram my subconscious mind. By having a different perspective in the physical world, I was able to understand how a change in the way I looked at things would help me in the metaphysical world.
I focused on the bright blue dragonflies going about their business on the water surface. They were definitely living in the present moment. The stability of the kayak allowed me to stop paddling and simply observe the beauty around me. I even snapped a couple of pictures.
My arms were sore from paddling upstream by the time I had to turn around. Traveling downstream was so much faster and easier! The second lesson came to me: Everything is easier when I go with the flow of life. As the nursery rhyme Row, Row, Row Your Boat cleverly says, we need to row our boat gently down the stream for the ride to be merry. If I resist my life situation or insist on following a path that isn’t aligned with my True Self, I’m setting myself up for a lot of pain.
As I advanced downstream, I stopped paddling and let the kayak be driven by the current. The concept for this article came into my mind with such clarity, that I wished I could’ve materialized a notepad to write it. That’s when the words of Lao Tzu popped into my head: “The Tao does nothing, yet leaves nothing undone.” When I allow myself to be in the moment without the negative emotions of the ego, whatever needs to be done happens almost effortlessly. In stillness, the answers to my most pressing questions appear.
By the time I reached the landing spot, I was bursting with excitement. I thought of Anita Moorjani’s metaphor in Dying to Be Me. Anita says we can see life as a huge warehouse that houses trillions of wonderful creatures, things, and emotions. However, we go through life holding a little flashlight, and we can only see the tiny nook we shine our light on. Awakening to the reality of our magnificence means to be aware that we exist in this warehouse, and that to experience a better and more fulfilled life, we just have to shine our light on a different spot. In a very small-scale, I felt that I shone my light (placed my attention) on something a little different, which made a huge difference in my spiritual and personal growth.
Change the way you look at the not-so-great things in your life today. Shine your light on the gifts that life has to offer, and tell me how it feels. I have a good guess: it feels pretty darn good!
Cloris Kylie Stock, MBA, is a career, academic, and life coach from Simsbury, Connecticut. She is a sought-after lecturer who has achieved the highest Toastmasters awards in communication and leadership. Cloris is expected to publish her first self-improvement book in 2014. Through the publication of this book, Stock is fulfilling her calling to help people realize their maximum potential. Blog: www.cloriskylie.com
Online radio show: http://blogtalkradio.com/magnificent
Michelle here: I love how the decision to try something new gave Cloris such a profound shift in focus. All of us can benefit from a shift in perspective from time to time. I’m feeling inspired by Cloris to change-up my routine and try something new this week, maybe Tia Chi instead of yoga? Cloris,thanks for taking the time to share this post with Daily Alchemy.
We’d love to hear any experiences you’ve had that shifted your perspective or any comments you have. To prove it, I’m giving away a Facebook “manifesting plan” to one of my commenters during the month of September. I’ll put everyone’s name in random.org and choose a winner to be announced here around Oct. 1st. Then I’ll email the winner with the details if I have access to their e-mail or you can check back here around the first and message me on my Facebook page. Once you tell me what you want to create, I’ll create a personal manifesting plan for you and we’ll make sure it feels good to you. Sorry for the delay but last months winner will be announced on Friday’s post.
Transforming through Love And Joy,
Michelle Martin Dobbins