“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” –Wayne Dyer

It’s a sentiment that is worth repeating. This week we’ve focused quite a bit on gratitude and love in the spirit of a day that has often been called “A Hallmark Holiday.” We have also spent some time trying to refocus ourselves and others and shift the perspective of Valentine’s Day to its original purpose – the acknowledgement and sharing of love with self and those in our lives.

The history of Valentine’s Day is rooted in darkness – stories vacillate between brutalizing women and the execution of two men in the name of martyrdom. Over time, though, we have learned to reorient and reposition our focus from the violence in the day’s history to seeing its more romantic components. The end result of this change in perspective is what we now celebrate on February 14th every year. When you think about where this holiday tradition began, that’s a pretty amazing feat!

So let’s go back to the quote at the beginning of this post. How do you think we could change if we simply chose to see things a little bit differently? I want you to try and exercise for me to demonstrate the effects of seeing things from very different perspectives.

1 – Sit down in a chair with both feet planted on the floor.

2 – Sit with a tall, stacked spine.

3 – Slowly move your head from one side to the other, making a mental note of what you see as you move your head from side-to-side.

4 – Now, fold in half while sitting in a chair (rest your belly on your legs or lean down as close to your legs as you can).

5 – Repeat the same head movement – as best you can, turn your head from side-to-side slowly and take in all that you see.

6 – Once you have finished, I want you to make note of the differences between the two positions: What did you see or not see? How did the different positions make you feel? Were you able to notice the limitations of one position versus the other?

It’s a very simple exercise but can have a profound impact when it comes to reminding ourselves that a simple change in perspective can make quite a difference on us physically, spiritually and emotionally. With this new take on perspective, take a few minutes to jot down the things in your life for which you are grateful. See if you can make this practice of creating a gratitude list something that you commit to everyday. See how your own perspectives shift once you do.

Shine bright for yourself and you will Shine Bright to others!!