It’s been a while since my last Fika for Your Soul. I imagine that most of us are doing the same thing right now – finding our feet in this new world of ours.
At the time of writing, The Guardian’s daily news update reports that a third of the world’s population is in lockdown. I’ve worked from home for 12 years, and I have lived far away from my family for even longer, so my day-to-day situation isn’t much different now that the UK is in lockdown. But I know that day-to-day life has changed dramatically for many of you!
It’s interesting how the virus is affecting everything.
It ripples into every area and layer of society. No border can escape it. It’s quite telling. This forces us to rethink our way of life, whether we want to or not. Now we’re all forced to look at our humanity and how we show up. It’s no longer possible to ‘go it alone’, whether we are a country or an individual.
For me, in all of this, a question beckons… What does the world need from me right now; how can I be my best self? Whether in business, at work, or life in general….
In aid of this question, I thought I’d share three things that recently crossed my path. Things that can help us ground in all the new that we’re currently facing.
(1) Documentary by Patrick Takaya Solomon, called FINDING JOE, about Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey. It’s available on YouTube for free.
Most of us have heard of The Hero’s Journey before, and you may have read books about it. This film (80 minutes) is a wonderful reminder of how we go through our own hero’s journeys and it gives us an opportunity to reframe challenges that we may be facing. And considering what we as a collective are going through right now, this is a wonderful guide and it helps to structure and paint our bigger picture.
Don’t miss it. I highly recommend it.
Synopsis: In the early 20th century, while studying world mythology, Joseph Campbell discovered a pattern hidden in every story ever told and he called it “The Hero’s Journey”. A truly inspirational film, FINDING JOE takes us on the ultimate hero’s journey: the journey of self discovery. As you slay dragons and uncover treasures, you just may find that the holy grail you seek is closer than you think.
(2) Breathing tip for calming our energy.
Put your left hand on your heart and your right hand on your abdomen. Take a breath in, counting to four. Then breathe out, counting to more than four. Repeat.
A very simple and quick way to slow mind and body down, to calm our energy.
(3) Technique for coming back to the present moment.
Referred to by some, as the ‘Five, Four, Three, Two, One’ technique. It’s a wonderful way to come back to the present, to stop your mind from running around in the past or in the future.
To bring you back into the present, identify:
5 things you can see right now
4 things you can touch (and touch them)
3 things you can hear
2 things you can smell
1 thing you can taste
Doing this we can’t not be here, which in turn gives us a moment to breathe.
Number 2 and 3 are both courtesy of Jay Shetty. Some of you may have come across him before. He is one of two guests in the most recent episode of Red Table Talk on Facebook, ‘Managing Our Anxiety & Fear During COVID-19’, which is where I heard him mention these techniques.
These are confusing times but there’s also a huge opportunity for evolution, should we choose it. Now, more than ever before, it’s about leadership in life.
If you’re thinking about a version of, What does the world need from me right now; how can I be my best self?, feel free to reach out for a chat by leaving a comment below or find a time to chat here.
In this new world we’re invited to live and lead from our soul, from our best self, and knowing what that looks like is becoming more and more important. I’m considering setting up a Facebook group where we can explore questions such as the one above (or any other question or inquiry you may have in relation to living and leading from a different place). If you’d be interested in joining a group like this, on Facebook or somewhere else, let me know by sending me a message or leaving a comment.
We’re in this together.
..from my soul to yours,