-The act of drawing near, a coming
-An access; opportunity
-A manner in which a problem is solved or a policy is made
-The way of doing something
Several years ago, in one of my yoga classes at Highland Yoga Studio in Butler, NJ, the instructor talked about the word “approach” and ways she related to it and had been working with it. As I listened to what she was saying, the neurons in my brain started working overtime and it started me thinking on ways I approach situations, opportunities, people, challenges, my yoga practice, interactions and life in general. Whew….lots to think about! I felt like my brain was a pin ball machine!!! However, it also started me thinking of my approach to what would be a new school year (on the heels of a change in leadership and the transition that followed……that’s a whole other blog….maybe even a book).
At that point, I “chose” to believe that it would be a good school year. Why? Because, trust me, it could NOT have gotten any worse than the previous year as a result of the many challenges, resources and personnel we lost. Despite the support, or lack thereof, that we might or might not have received, I made a “conscious choice” to maintain a positive outlook and work on my personal “approach.” So, I share with you some thoughts on the word approach and some questions I found myself asking. I share this in hopes of awakening something – a thought, a feeling within you, a stirring of some sort. And if it makes you uncomfortable….great! That means something inside you is at work. You may be “unearthing” something that needs to come to the surface. Please don’t run from it!!! Sit with it and breathe deeply.
Take some time to converse with your heart and soul as you answer these questions. As with any good, deep, soulful conversion, it may go on for hours, days and maybe even weeks….perhaps even longer! I personally like to journal, you may choose to do the same:
- How do you choose to show up each day – for yourself, for others you encounter throughout the day?
- How do you start the day?
- How do you approach self-care?
- What does self-care look like to you?
- Are you kind, loving, compassionate, patient and forgiving of yourself?
- Do you approach your family, friends, loved ones, spouse, partner and pets with kindness, love, compassion, empathy, dignity, patience, respect, integrity and non-violence?
- Do you act or react when a challenging situation arises?
- What’s happening inside of you right now?
- Do you pause, create space and allow your natural awareness to arise?
- Do you allow yourself the space to be mindful and non-judgemental?
- What is your approach to your job?
- Have you set an intention?
- What is it?
- How will you chose to approach a new day, a stranger, a task, meeting, project, person, colleagues, etc.?
- Are you hopeful?
- Are you happy?
- Is there something that needs changing?
- What is it?
- Are you rigid or flexible?
- Do you have an open or closed mind?
- Will you choose to be optimistic or pessimistic?
Without a doubt, approach is a CONSCIOUS choice, a DELIBERATE, thought-out CHOICE. Our choices speak volumes! And, we are all role models…..a very powerful and influential position with which we have been graced. We have the ability to create or destroy depending on the approach we take. If given the choice, why not make mindful, patient, positive, inspiring, compassionate, respectful and non-violent choices – straight from out heart center – that create community and help to mold ourselves, children, family, friends, and partners into Peaceful Warriors???
Darlings, I urge you all to AWAKEN your senses and those of the people around you. We only get to do each day once, so why not CHOOSE to APPROACH each day with a sense of mindful awareness, wonder, patience, honor, respect, integrity, compassion, understanding, empathy and peace??? Collectively, we CAN choose to be the peace this world so desperately needs. Our influence is exponential and is just another way to inspire, love, serve AND lead from the heart….right from the start!
Inhale Love….Exhale Gratitude, JTC