On Quicksand of Feelings, I talked about how discouraged and frustrated I was about the low visitor count to A Rheumful of Tips - my year-long blogging project where I provide tips that have helped me move through thirty-four years of living life with rheumatoid arthritis.
I was suffering, because of the significance I attached to that blog. You can blame it partly on the ego ("I should be further along by now." "So and so's blog has X number of visitors and commentators.") and partly on falling into old patterns of behaviour (Comparatitis - measuring myself against others and falling short. Not keeping the porthole of perception as streak-free as I could).
|Image courtesy of Katherine Halliburton.|
Things have significantly turned around. My readership has gone up, but not drastically. I still write those posts and publish them on a daily basis. The biggest change, however, is how I view that blog. I transformed my stress (soaking in negative thoughts and emotions trigger the stress response), and changed my perception, which provided me a better view.
When you practise techniques that smooth out your heart rate variability (HRV), your perception changes - gently and without a great deal of effort. That has made all the difference to me.
Writing for A Rheumful of Tips is no longer an onerous task; in fact, when I once thought I wouldn't have enough material for 365 tips, I now have ideas hitching rides on the backs of other ideas. I'm in the flow and since I love to swim, it's a great place to be!
How about you? Is it time to clean your porthole of perception? Can you recall an example where a perception change has made a difference in your life?