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Creative Routine Hack: How to let go of old habits – and live and work with joy (6)

Have you just discovered the Creative Routing Hack Series? Click this link to read the first post.

Once you step out of your Comfort Zone and give up on the idea of having to control the process or the outcome, something amazing happens: You realise that what you’ve thought of as discomfort is something else entirely. 🙂

It’s not anxiety, worry, or fear of the unknown, it’s…

Part Six: …Butterflies in the stomach

And they’re ready to take off.

Butterfly visiting peony - Image by Boenz via pixabay
Butterfly visiting peony – Image by Boenz via pixabay

You can – literally and practically – change the way you perceive what you call your reality by relaxing and opening up your hands, palms up.

Here are some thoughts that can assist you with making the shift:

  • Instead of thinking “I can’t because…”, prompt your mind with “right now I can…”.
  • Instead of figuring out “how can I force success” or “how can I win this game”, ask “what’s the best that can happen right now”.
  • Instead of “thinking it through”, allow for the answer to come from Butterfly-You.

You can even induce the shift with a physical motion:

Place it in your heart.

Imagine removing the idea from your brain and placing it in your heart. You can reinforce this visual by actually using your hands to do so. Allow for the idea to settle in your heart – and then let it go so it may return to you.

Or give the butterflies in your stomach a gentle, clockwise rub.

The answer may come in form of a thought or an idea popping up, something someone says, something that catches your eye, and sometimes you’re trying to do something and it just doesn’t work the way you want it to. You can then ask: “Is there a better way of doing this? What do I need to know right now?”

When feeling bored, stressed or frustrated, you can also ask Butterfly-Me “Are we having fun yet?” or “Is there a more effortless way?”

Observe, without judgment, what happens within your body or with your feelings, or in your direct environment. Neutrally view what is going on around you as if it were symbolic, or a dream.

Sometimes the answer comes as a full-fledged solution. Sometimes it comes immediately and sometimes only when you’ve forgotten all about it.

Sometimes it comes in bits and pieces, and often you will lack understanding until the whole puzzle comes together.

Don’t actively look for clues, which creates tension again. Allow and trust and don’t think about it – for me, that’s the “hardest” part, because I often feel “I need to do something” and my mind is racing with figuring out what.

In the meantime, it helps me a lot with being patient when I switch my mind to sending some love to a person or situation, or myself…or by doing something simple and creative, like a few minutes of doodling or colouring or preparing a snack, or by getting in touch with nature, like watering the plants, petting a dog or going for a short walk.

And whatever happens: Don’t judge it or belittle what you do. You don’t know what it’s good for, or what will come from it, or how it might touch someone’s heart.

Coming next: Prepare for flight

Image by Boenz via pixabay

PS: When searching for a photo to illustrate this post, I immediately fell in love with this beautiful image. Water symbolises Flow and emotions, but also clarity, refreshment, and Oneness.

I know that since ancient times flowers are used to convey messages which also speak to us on a subconscious level. I wondered what Peony stands for and came across this link: Peony – Meaning & Symbolism . Have a look and see for yourself! 🙂

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