Opportunity Knocks

We all experience Environmental Stressors over which we have no direct control.  Things like foul weather, traffic jams, and getting stuck in the slowest line at the post office.

While we may not be able to eliminate the stressors themselves, by changing our perspective we can release their hold on us and reframe the experience in a more positive, life-affirming light.

While life won’t always follow your plans and expectations, try shifting your perspective by seeing everything as an opportunity.  An opportunity to understand yourself better and open your heart wider — to develop greater compassion for yourself and others.  While the details of our lives differ, we all experience the same range of emotions from fear, frustration and loneliness to joy, contentment and peace.  With yourself firmly planted in the present moment, it’s your ability to respond creatively and constructively that makes the difference.

How might you uncover the opportunities in unexpected delays?  Turn what you’ve always experienced as wasted time into transformational time.  Try keeping audiobooks in your car to make your slow commute entertaining, educational and inspirational.  Ditto for always having a few good magazines and books with you.

How about keeping a journal and pen handy at all times to turn those spare moments into opportunities to get in touch with your Inner Self.  Just journaling about your frustrations goes a long way to helping you release them.  Who knows, you might even find yourself laughing at the trivial things your “Head Chatter” manages to turn into huge dramas.  And laughter remains one of the all-time best reframing tools ever invented.  Journaling could even be a step on the way to publishing that book you’ve always dreamed of writing but still haven’t made the time for.

As long as you’re not operating heavy machinery, you might consider investing those spare minutes in closing your eyes and breathing, a proven mood soother and blood pressure reducer.  You’ve been saying you wanted to meditate more.  What if this delay is not an obstacle but a loving gift from the Universe — a way of making space for you to fulfill your desire.  Just you, just here, just now, just be.

Finally, one of the most powerful tools for reframing Environmental Stress is Gratitude.  Instead of being overwhelmed by piles of laundry, you might be thankful for having lots of clothes to wear and clean water to wash them.  Instead of grumbling over an eight-hour delay at the airport, how about celebrating finding the time to get started on that really good book you’ve been carrying around in your bag for many months.  Or when you are stuck in the slowest line at the grocery store, you might look at your cart full of food and be grateful that you have access to an incredible variety of food and the money that allows you to enjoy it.

Gratitude for Universal Abundance anchors each moment in generous, effortless, joy-filled FLOW — a fluid Journey to Wholeness grounded in Who you are Being NOT What you are Doing.

© Copyright 2012 DJW Life Coach LLC. All rights reserved.

About djwlifecoach

As a retired board-certified coach, author and Reiki master teacher, I continue to share hope, possibilities and empowerment with the world. What's love got to do with minimizing stress and getting unstuck? Everything! My book, "Choose Your Energy: Change Your Life!" (Hay House/Balboa Press 2013) shares my story and the stories of 10 of my clients along with my signature Discovery Framework. During my 30 years as an organization transformation consultant, I served as a senior partner in four of the world's largest, most prestigious global professional services firms. In 2005, I took a five-year sabbatical to find healing and peace because non-stop work had taken its toll. My recovery from burnout, including a sustained 80-pound weight loss and freedom from 10 years of debilitating depression, led to finding my purpose sharing hope, possibilities and empowerment with the world. Through healing and self-exploration, I discovered that loving yourself unconditionally is the key to transforming your personal life, your work and the world. With attention and intention, I learned to live in alignment with love through a wealth of energy-shifting tools and techniques that help me reduce stress, anxiety and overwhelm by releasing limiting beliefs, emotions and habits. My books, blog and radio episodes help individuals and organizations harness the transformative energy of love to turn unexplored possibilities into fulfilling realities and step into their greatness. Learn more and access FREE resources at djwlifecoach.blog. For fun, I love singing, reading, sewing, knitting, golfing and movies. I live in Williamsburg, Virginia with my husband, Wilson, and the coaching cats who manage my life—SiddhaLee and Maisy Jane.
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