Monday Mantra:: I Choose New Experiences

Monday Mantra Choose New Experiences

It seems too simple doesn’t it? Change the way you walk to work, change-up your morning routine, run on a new path in order to shift the energy in your life.

When we do the same thing, with the same people, at the same time, on the same day, we become secure in the everyday. And then, after some time, it creeps in. The thought of change becomes scary. Eventually even buttering our toast differently feels wrong and throws out our day.

There are benefits of habits. Discipline is great for achieving goals. But even discipline has room for movement, room for improvement. if we don’t change things up, things get stagnant. We feel stuck in a rut. We hit a plateau with our weight loss, with our training, with our career, sometimes even with life in general.

Now, I’m not talking about radically changing your life or routine. All it takes is small, subtle shifts in everyday things to change your energy and open it up to new opportunities for growth and expansion.

I am the first to admit that I am a creature of habit. I often have to remind myself to walk a different way to work, or change my nutrition (it’s easy to have the same thing for breakfast day in, day out) and sometimes, it takes someone else to say to me “hey, why don’t try that other park for your training run today?” to get me to shift out of my comfort zone. That change in running location meant that I was less focussed on the tired legs and puffing lungs and more into the experience of new surroundings. It was me out of my comfort zone in a whole other way to my fitness comfort zone. It was a beautiful and as a result, I ran faster and further than my previous attempt.

This weekend, I was teaching and normally I would jump in the car and drive across. Because my beloved had the car over the weekend, I needed to catch public transport to the college. It felt like a chore initially but I realised that it gave me some nice “relax time” in the morning, without having to concentrate on anything in particular. I even did a meditation on the train! I arrived at the college relaxed and ready to get into the day ahead. And while I was exhausted at the end of the day, I was still alert when normally I’d feel quite “peopled out” and be ready for some quiet me time.

What’s one small shift you can make today to change the energy of your day?

Here are some simple ideas to get you started:

  • Stir your tea or coffee in the opposite direction
  • Eat your toast from the bottom of the slice up instead of top down
  • Have a shower before breakfast instead of after (or vice versa)
  • Instead of getting a coffee on your way into the office, wait and go grab your coffee at 10am instead.
  • Instead of eating your lunch in the tea room at work, go for a walk and sit in a park.

Write out your routine and choose one thing you can alter to give you a subtle shift in energy.

Then when you’re feeling more brave;

  • Get a bold new hair cut
  • Buy a shirt, scarf or skirt in a colour or style you would not normally buy
  • Wear a different shade of lipstick you wouldn’t normally wear
  • Buy a new cushion for the couch at home (buy one you’d normally not buy, something different to your normal, safe, comfort zone style).

Some of these may seem very simple, yes. But remember that the smallest changes can get you out of your comfort zone little by little and then when opportunities arise where you’d normally turn them down, you’ll already have exercised your “new experiences” muscle and it will feel less scary to accept the invitation.

Lather, rinse, repeat: I choose new experiences.

As always, download and save this Monday Mantra Image to your desktop or phone or print it and pin it somewhere you’ll see it. When you see it, say it. And if you know someone who would also benefit from this mantra, please share it.

How To Get Unstuck



Getting back into the flow again can be less than easy. That’s for sure. But especially so if you’re not even sure how to get started on getting yourself unstuck.

Unstuck relates to not just feeling like you have no choice in a matter or situation but it also means stuck in a rut or stuck in a vicious cycle of anger, fear or sorrow. It’s about writer’s block, it’s about not taking action, it’s about pulling out all the stops (consciously or subconsciously) to hold yourself back.


Getting Unstuck

When I sat down to write this June article, my mind went blank.  I think I’ve already written about the metaphysical elements of illness or injury, I’m pretty sure I’ve covered what happens to your body when you’re under stress. Hmmm, what can I write about?

Staring at a blank page is scary sometimes. You know you need to write (or type) what needs to be said but sometimes, the beginning just doesn’t start regardless of how much you want to begin.

Often in life, we feel tired, frustrated and to a certain degree like there has to be something more than what we’re doing right here, right now. Or we make grand plans for something we want to do one day but somehow, the years pass by and that “one day” never comes. Much like writers block, we become blocked because on some level we like the clean fresh, empty page. It’s safe. It’s always been that way so if we don’t begin writing on it, then we can’t mess up that page, nothing can go wrong.  Except that is, that the feeling that something is missing remains. And that feeling eats away at us until all the other less than comfortable things in our life are amplified by the missing pieces.

So, how do you get unblocked?

First of all, you need to work out why you’re blocked.


What’s the worst thing that could happen as a result of you taking action towards your dream?

How would that change your life? (for better for worse? And How?)

How would this make you feel?

What’s the best thing that could happen as a result of you taking action towards your dream?

How would that change your life? (for better or for worse? And How?)

How would this make you feel?

Does this project or idea have any similarities with a past event in your life?

How did that pas situation make you feel?


Once you have honest answers to these questions (any answer is okay, by the way), you have your metaphorical ‘dam’.

Breaking the dam down and getting back into the flow again, requires you to look at your answers to the above questions and really investigate why you put that dam up to begin with. For some people it’s a reactive thing either consciously or subconsciously to some past experience that was similar and didn’t go as planned. For others, it could be the fear of the future concept map, which perpetually goes to the worst-case scenario. And sometimes, all it takes is for you to notice what your metaphorical dam is made of for you to release it. Everyone is different.

Once you’ve know what your metaphorical dam is mad of, you can chip away at it until life starts to flow again. And if it’s not flowing as you would like, it’s okay to seek out a professional who can help you to release the conscious and subconscious or energetic dam in a safe and healthy way.