Ironic isn’t it how one small shift can completely transform your life? The invention that connects so many people in real-time leaves us feeling so disconnected these days.
Twenty years ago when I opened a Hotmail account, I wrote my first email to my grandmother. Toppy and I had exchanged letters regularly since I was a child, and I loved the intimacy that evolved from writing to her and my other pen-pals.
I wrote that email from Mysore, sharing news of my studies with Pattabhi Jois and my first trip to India. Her reply the next day—rather than the two or three weeks it took for mail to reach the yoga shala —was a huge comfort. It felt magic; we could communicate in real-time. The internet helped my state of mind by quickly delivering my grandmother’s wisdom to my inbox.
One Small Shift Can Transform Your Life
Fast forward twenty years and we discover an unfortunate side-effect. This magical machinery that transformed our lives by creating constant “connection” has disconnected us from ourselves.
Many of us no longer sit quietly to watch a sunset, or sit in a sidewalk cafe simply to observe the flow of life, or open a hardback book to read–much less compose a hand-written letter. These are precious gifts, and habits I developed early in my life. I would hate to imagine life without them. We wouldn’t dream of getting on an airplane to India without having a hotel reservation, or without even knowing if the teacher you are going to study with is in town! (He wasn’t, at first.)
Disconnect To Reconnect
We can see how this simple shift —access to internet—has transformed our world, and our lives. One small daily shift and BAM our lives took a different turn. Habits matter. So it is worth looking at the habits we have developed.
When you change your daily habits without awareness—you start eating more cake, having that extra glass of wine in the evening, or start the morning with email instead of a walk or a yoga practice or picking up your pen or paintbrush—then the tone of your day is set. Combine a string of days, and the tone of your life is set.
Transformation happens when you take time out from the daily onslaught of trivia. When you shift your awareness from external to internal reference points, you reaffirm the connection with your inner wisdom. This relationship is like any other–it thrives when we make it a priority.
How To Transform Your Life
It is as simple as changing our daily habits. It doesn’t have to be a big deal. Start small. Notice habits that nourish you and those that don’t. Your body knows.
Then make one small change. See where it leads you.