what I learned in sedona.
I recently took a trip to Sedona, AZ for a retreat and found that it is an incredibly beautiful and spiritual place. I went with an open mind to just experience the land and whatever else I encountered and I got back so much more than I could have imagined.
As you can see from the photos, Sedona has amazing red rock mountains all around the city. Although these pictures show a vast beauty they actually do not give the setting justice. Wherever you go in Sedona, you can see these rocks — towering over, encircling and emitting some great presence that I have never observed anywhere else.
These rocks offer Perspective. They represent the idea that there is something greater than ourselves out there and to look at things in a different way.
Perspective is something to think about in all aspects of our lives. I am sure many have heard the phrase “you create your own reality” — but do you really get what that means? I thought I did but turns out there is more to it than I was giving the idea credit.
We create our reality by our thoughts. We have many thoughts throughout the day but its the thoughts that we fuel with emotion that are the ones that create our reality. For example, if you say “I hate Monday’s, they are always awful” there is a pretty good chance you are going to have a crappy Monday. If you look at your Mondays differently you can change the reality of them.
Same applies with your interactions with people. I recently quit my job so that I could take some time off (this trip to Sedona helped that decision come along). I told someone that I was quitting and their response to me was “You’re nuts!”. Now my first emotional response to this was “no I am not! I feel quite sane actually” in defense of what I was doing. But after stepping away from the reaction I thought— that comment has nothing to do with me. I am not nuts and I know that but this person probably thinks what I am doing is nuts because it is something they could never do themselves. When I realized what they said had nothing to do with me I no longer felt the need to get defensive and react. It was their thinking. Not mine. I changed my reality from being hurt and defensive to being at peace with my decision.
Perspective. It is a wonderful thing. Just like those amazing red rocks.