Live in the Orange Zone - Day 12
30 Days of Self Study, Meditation and Reflection
Today is day 12 of living in the orange zone.
We have a sacred time, a sacred space for doing gratitude, setting intentions, blessings, writing in our journals, reading beautiful sacred texts, and we're pruning inside and out to move some energy around.
I want to share with you today one of my favorite quotes that I use for all of the orange zone programs. It's by Thomas Jefferson and he said, “If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done.” And this is the heart of Orange Zone. It's about stepping into possibility, transformation and self-growth.
No matter how old I am, no matter where I am in my life, I always want to be a student of life. I want to continue to grow. I want to continue to change. I want to continue to reach for more happiness, more joy, to feel awe, to be silly, and wisdom and strength.
This particular orange zone program is about giving us small, little, simple, easy practices that will help us grow in our Camino, on our path, on our pilgrimage. Today is one of my favorites that I have given my yoga students for years, as well as the people that I do personal coaching with. And that is “move the furniture”.
Moving the furniture is about in your physical world, in your house, in your office, wherever you spend a lot of time, is to move things around. It could be a chair that you switched from here to there. It could be this plant. So this plant behind me was at the wellness center. It lived at the wellness center for almost a year and I brought it home to live with me. It's been here for two weeks now. I used to have flowers up here. It feels like a great shift in this kitchen, living room area.
It's as simple as moving books. Sometimes, I take my psychology books and move them to somewhere else and the yoga books on another part of the shelf. It can be moving a painting to another place. Moving something and some things (plural) in your physical world that changed the way you shift, the way you see them.
What you'll realize is unconsciously, we are in patterns in our body. This is how I walk around the chair. This is how I hold my body. This is how I sit. This is where I sit. This is always what I'm looking at. This is how I breathe. This is how I think. This is how I react. By a simple act of moving things around, you will find that it not only shifts the way you need to walk or the way you see, but it'll shift the way you begin to think and it'll create new possibilities like flipping something upside down and getting a different perspective.
It’s an unconscious way to affect your energy and the way that you're seeing and doing life. It's fun. I do it when I'm feeling a little bit stagnant or stuck in a way, or sometimes I've just noticed like, Oh, I've been looking at that the same way for so long and, and moving it around just brings a little bit of a lightness. You'd be surprised at just the simple thing and how effective it is to shift and bring your energy up and elevate your mood.
I also like to add, I have the colorful flowers right here now, to add fresh flowers to, um, to different parts of your house and to change that around as well. Don't always have your flowers in the same spot, use little bud vases. Sometimes take the little buds themselves and place them in different places of the house. You see color in places where there wouldn't normally be color, like in front of a painting or on top of a towel. Different things of this sort.
Shift your internal by changing your external. Have fun.
Day 12 Inspiration
Today's inspiration comes from a Sioux poem called "Let Me Walk in Beauty"
The dawn brings a gift of a new day.
Spirit who comes from the East, come to me with the rising sun. Let there be light in my word. Let there be light on the path that I walk. Let me remember always that you give the gift of a new day. Never let me be burdened with the sorrow by not starting over.
Click the links below to find out more:
The Orange Zone - A 30 Day Practice - YouTube Playlist
Daily Inspirational Quotes for 30 Day Meditation
Blog Post: What is the Orange Zone?
Day 1: InvitationDay 2: Practice Silence & Listening
Day 3: Adding Gratitude
Day 4: Set Intentions
Day 5: Give a Blessing
Day 6: Start Young
Day 7: Sacred Reading & Reflection
Day 8: Wear & Remember
Day 9: The Practices Brings Transformation
Day 10: Repot & Prune for Growth
Day 11: Indoor Pruning
Day 12: Move the Furniture
Day 13: Self Reflection & Appreciation
Day 14: Practice Appreciation & Feel Blessed
Day 15: Why hurry?
Day 16: Energy Banking
Day 17: Start Your Day with a Healthy Breakfast
Day 18: Space Training
Day 19: Breath- Our Instant Medicine
Day 20: Create your own Garden