It can be easy to get caught up in the doings of life. Getting the kids to school on time. Navigating the to-do list at work. Getting to the gym. Finding some time to connect with your spouse or partner. Sometimes everything jumbles together into one big blur and you ask yourself, “What in the heck am I doing all this for in the first place?” And from there it’s easy to lose sight of your overall vision and start going down the rabbit hole of doubt, anxiety and fear. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. It happens to everybody. Maybe you’ve heard the phrase Can’t see the forest for the trees. It’s when you get so caught up with all the individual goings-on that you lose sight of the overall picture. When you find yourself lost amongst all those trees, sometimes the only way out is to step back, take a breath, and get some much needed perspective.
Recently I was flying home from one of our weekend programs and as we started on our final approach, I was looking out the window at the panorama below. Most of us have had this experience before, viewing the world from several miles in the air and feeling like we’re looking down on a miniature model of streets and houses and neighborhoods. When we’re down there in the thick of it we completely lose sight of the fact that we’re a part of that grand landscape. The people, the traffic, just navigating from one place to another, it can all seem overwhelming. But from up there in the air, it all seems to make sense. This is a concept that is applied in the world of business when tackling a particularly sticky problem. It’s called Taking the 30,000 foot view.
Part of what we do at our IM Reset weekend program is to help you regain the perspective that tends to get lost in the day-to-day hustle and bustle of life. In order to do that we retreat into a place of nature. We get away from the light pollution and the noise pollution and electro-magnetic pollution that surrounds us and distracts us. It is in this environment that we can get down to the business of resetting the nervous system, which is crucial to the process of regaining perspective.
When we find ourselves getting overwhelmed by the doings of life, it’s more than likely because we are trying to operate with our sympathetic nervous system running the show. The SNS is responsible for the “fight or flight” response. This, in and of itself, is not a bad thing. In fact it is crucial for our survival. When we are in this state our senses are on full alert, our heart rate increases, our pupils dilate. This is great when we find ourselves alone in a dark alley, or when we come face to face with a rabid dog, or when we hear a window breaking in the middle of the night. But unless you live in a Mad Max movie, having your SNS constantly engaged can actually do more harm than good. When we’re operating inside a state of fear, our brains are constantly looking for danger. Unfortunately, our brain doesn’t know the difference between a rabid Rottweiler and a deadline at work. As far as the brain is concerned, these are both life threatening dangers. Luckily we don’t live in a world filled with rabid Rottweilers, but we do live in a world of deadlines, finances, shitty teenagers, sometimes-grumpy spouses, social pressures, politics, and Twitter. When our brains are being bombarded with these things, the fight or flight kicks in and it becomes increasingly more challenging to keep the bird’s eye view on our overall vision of life.
At Reset, we’re able to take the time to turn off the distractions and switch the nervous system over from the sympathetic to the parasympathetic, or “rest and digest” mode. This is where we want the nervous system to be in order to operate inside of a love based state and be able to regain that crucial perspective. These events always sell out fast, so if you’re ready to get back to that 30,000 foot view, click HERE to book a call and reserve your spot today!