Happiness In A Blender: Redefining, Simplifying, Experiencing
This last year has led to a great deal of self-reflection. Have you found that too?
So many of our usual distractions have been inaccessible for one reason or another. And this has led to more space to fill. To be perfectly honest (and seeing as I work from home and am my own boss) it has also meant a distinct increase in naps!
One thing this time has served to do is fire up my desire to delve deeper into some of the many approaches to happiness. I have found it hard to read fiction recently. I’m not sure why.
Instead, I have immersed myself in various courses, books, and talks around the subject of what makes us happy. I then overlapped that with my own experience and observed what works for me. It was a bit like putting it all in a giant blender and seeing what emerged.
Even though much of this has been said before by so many others, what I discovered was my unique take on simplifying happiness.
I am not claiming that this approach will work for everyone, but I do believe it works for the vast majority. So it has prompted me to do three things.
- The first is to share my thoughts with you.
- Secondly I have been crafting some ‘Tune In Tips” on instagram to share.
- And thirdly, I have a special invitation for you that I am very excited about (and a little terrified, but that’s all good!)
What stands out to me as a fundamental truth is that happiness is a way of looking at things. It isn’t about reaching goals, getting something we desire, or even discovering wonderful insights into our psyche. As the comedian Steven Wright once said
“You can’t have everything. Where would you put it?”
No, it’s not about stuff, or goals, or chocolate cake. Those things give us a kick of happiness, but that doesn’t last. It is the lens through which our brain sees the world that shapes our reality. And the really great news is we all have access to that lens, it is simply a matter of practice.
Using that lens we can appreciate what we already have. We can elevate the ordinary into the extraordinary. By learning to be a curious explorer of what is around us every day we step away from repetitive routine into a fresh, exciting perspective. And through gently encouraging our mind to seek out beauty, good, and kindness, we start to see it all around.
I am posting ‘Tune In Tips’ that offer cues on instagram @sarah.sedcole. Please take a look and tell me what you think. So far I’m posting them as ‘stories’ at the top of the feed.
And now for the invitation I promised 🙂 I am putting together a free 5-Day Challenge May 3-7 designed to train our eyes and mind to seek out the beauty that is all around. And to make it even more fun you are entered into a prize draw when you sign up.
I am calling it The Extraordinary 5-Day Challenge as it will lift the ordinary into the extraordinary.
We all lead such busy lives so the content each day will take no longer than 15 minutes to consume, and will be delivered into your inbox to read/listen to at your leisure.
I don’t want to give too much away, but there will be something for the mind, body, spirit and some beautiful photos. You will have the opportunity to share in a private group, or you can choose to experience it in your own way alone. You get to choose how you want to engage.
I would feel delighted, and honoured if you would join. We already have people from around the world which will be super fun!
Oh! And did I mention there will be a PRIZE for one lucky Extraordinary Seeker: a beautiful crystal sphere just like the one in the photo above, so you too can play with perspective.
Here is the link😄which you can use to sign up for the challenge. Or send me an email and I will add you myself