Peace and a Present (2009)
Change the Channel
December is a both a wonderful and stressful month in one. At
work, there is that last push to produce before the year ends
and the same is true at home, where we scurry around in holiday
activity. So that you don’t fall victim to a race-to-the-finish-line
mentality where everything goes by in a blur, here is a simple
technique you can use to have more peace and calm.
Last Wednesday I was out running for what I hoped would be a quick errand at lunch and was anxious to get back to my office to wrap up work before heading into the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The parking lot was a congested obstacle course and as I trekked to the grocery store from the spot I found in Timbuktu, I noticed my neck muscles were hard as rock. Knowing I was planning to write an article on this topic and wanting to practice what I preach, I asked myself: What channel am I on? Answer: The rushing-around channel. I surfed to see “what else was on” and found the feeling-the-sun-on-my-face channel. I took a deep breath of fresh air and changed my afternoon.
It sounds incredibly simple, and it is. Like my neck muscles did in the parking lot, your body gives you signals. You need only pause long enough to ask what channel you’re on and then consciously choose to switch from dwelling on one aspect of your reality to another one.
This channel-changer technique is an abbreviated version of an OASIS in the Overwhelm¹ strategy called Cue-2-Do. The strategy helps you connect cues from your body to the emotions they signal. From there, you can acknowledge what’s going on and select the best course of action to take.
This Month: Remember, the remote is in your hand.
Presents for You
Please enjoy these two gifts as my way of saying thank you for being in the current with me. I deeply appreciate the feedback, ideas, and support that you give me all year long. I’m looking forward to bringing you even more subscriber-only bonuses in 2010.
Friday, January 8, 2010:
January 8, 2010
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Happy Holidays! I wish you all the peace and beauty of the season.
Here's to you,