What is it about clear days that brings me alive? The warm sun on my face, watching clouds make their way across the sky, seeing far along the horizon into the distance. I am drawn outdoors, to live and move in my body. It’s a recipe for invitation and possibility, and my mind and body respond with openness and curiosity.
When it is cold and gray, my shoulders hunch forward and my body curls in on itself, seeking protection. I am not inspired to go out in the cold dampness; instead I want to huddle indoors and become sloth-like.
I actually enjoy sloth-like days here and there. But now that we’ve barely seen the sun in six weeks, I am beginning to notice a real lethargy sinking in. And I am wanting to break out.
So, today, I will push myself outdoors and lift my face to the sky to inhale deeply. The air will be fresh, if not warm. And the trees will be standing tall, if not leaved. I can call forth warmth by putting my body to work. I can call forth curiosity and openness, by letting the fresh air clear my head.
My recent perspective of gray skies has not been serving me. So, instead, I will set out with a new December perspective of invigorating air to see where it takes me.
There are bound to be some revelations along the way. I will keep you posted.
What is a perspective that you are currently holding that might be getting in your way? How might you shift that perspective to create something different?
Jessica Curtis is a professional coach who helps people cultivate intention and live from a place of meaning and authenticity. If you think you could benefit from working with Jessica or want to invite her to work with your group, reach out to start a conversation.