I hope the sun is shining for you today. I can feel it warming my legs as I write.
When we coach clients we will sometimes invite them to recall a time in their life when they felt a certain way. We encourage them to summon up the image of that time and to feel the feelings that come up. From that place we’ll help them to review their current situation, and most often things start to look at bit different, things often become more manageable.
We could see past experiences as mere memories, lost to a time gone by. Or we can reconnect to those feelings again and again and keep feeling them in the present. We can relive those past experiences and remember they are within us. They are there to be tapped into whenever we need a little hit of inspiration or hope or excitement.
I just saw on my playlist the song ‘Perth’ show up. When I was 24 I went to Perth in Australia, and spent some time in Fremantle, or ‘Freo’ as the locals called it. As my first stop in Australia it was so much fun, and I felt free and open to all that was on offer. I didn’t mind one bit that I slept in a dorm room with about nine other strangers, I was just soaking it all up. Apart from a rapidly depreciating bank balance I didn’t have very much to worry about at all back then. I was just open to what was in front of me, and what was next. As I type about that time I notice a smile on my face, I notice I’m inhaling deeply like I’m inhaling the world, like I did back then in that little Western Australian town.
Next week I am due to go on another adventure. I have been a little afraid of it, for various reasons, but I’m starting to tap into that open minded, open hearted perspective that I had back in Australia, and it’s starting to feel a whole lot more inviting.
Our past experiences don’t disappear, they’re stored in the bank, ready for us to draw on and utilise whenever needed.
With love as always, Hannah and Team Bird
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