I want to share, for anyone who is in pain- be it physical, emotional, spiritual- it is our gift to others to heal ourselves. When we are in pain we can't help but become self-centred and short sighted to the pain of others. In contrast, when we heal ourselves and let go of some of that pain, we begin to care about things that are bigger than our own problems. We become less self-centred and more sensitive to the welfare of others.
This past month I have been suffering from an autoimmune syndrome affecting my joints, resulting in a debilitating arthritis. Having said that, I've always admired people who don't let their limitations prevent them from doing what they love. The ones who give no thought to feeling sorry for themselves. When faced with an obstacle instead of asking "Why is this happening to me?" ask "Why is this happening FOR me?"
Negative noise is everywhere. This noise is whispered into our ears and feeds off the power we give it in our minds. The best antidote- gratitude. So often I hear "I can't do yoga because I'm not flexible." Well, I have come to learn that the less flexible you become, the more you need it. Being strong and making pretty shapes is fun. But the real yoga comes in to play when you can't do those things. Sometimes it takes courage to stop and be still. I'm not just talking about stillness of the body, but stillness of the mind. How often do you sit silently with yourself? Really spend time with yourself? How often have you asked "Why is this happening FOR me? What have I to learn and how can I heal myself?"
Repost from 2011 Blog
“The thought that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people’s behaviour for the better.” The Fun Theory – An Initiative of Volkswagen
If you run into a staircase like this next to an escalator, would you choose the stairs? (see video below) If walking up the stairs is “fun” would you take the stairs over the escalator or the elevator?
The health club industry is always trying to figure out a way to make exercise “fun” in hopes that more people adopt exercise into their lifestyle. It is not a secret that we all want "fun" in things that we do, albeit sometimes what the industry thinks is “fun” is not necessarily what the general population sees as “fun”… and more often than not, if we had the choice we would take “fun” over “not fun”, especially if you have to get to the top anyways (top of the stairs, fitness goals, fuel our body, live life, grow old, etc.).
But can “fun” be serious enough to change behaviors that have become stubborn habits? If not, then what other ways are there to “change people’s behaviour for the better”?
Undoubtedly, the discussion of motivation in behavioral change is a complex one. Nevertheless, while motivating people to make lasting changes in behavior is not as simple as making a staircase into a piano keyboard, this simple experiment shows that “fun” can at least spur people’s curiosity to do something different.
The question of how long the “fun” lasts is another story… and another challenge…
See http://www.thefuntheory.com/ for more videos and ideas on how fun can change behavior for the better.