Happy Mindfulness Monday! How are you? Sorry we did not post last week, but we were still kind of stressed and bummed that our retreat got cancelled. Yes, that's right our retreat in the Bahamas meant for the weekend of October 2nd got cancelled due to hurricane Joaquin. Samara found out just 20 minutes before boarding a 9 hour flight to Miami, a day before the retreat was to start, that the retreat center was being evacuated and the Bahamian airport was closed due to the category 4 hurricane. She had no choice but to cancel the retreat.
We were bummed! Devastated, saddened and upset, about the lost time spent planning all the magic that was supposed to happen that retreat weekend. We quickly realized that there was absolutely nothing we could do. We certainly cannot control the weather. Which brings us to today's #MindfulnessMonday theme - managing our responses.
In stressful situations it is easy to react on instinct and emotion, but often those reactions can lead to more harm than help. Conversely, if we take a few moments to manage our reaction and look at the situation objectively, we can try to respond in a more constructive way. This is certainly much more easily said than done, but in this situation we employed 3 techniques that helped us move forward in a positive way and we hope can help you too:
1. Acknowledge the facts/realities of the situation
2. Understand the actions that you can realistically take to improve the situation, weigh the pros and cons of each
3. Take the chosen actionable steps towards the best outcome
4. Ask for help when/where you need it
5. Breathe and submit to forces that are far beyond your control
This isn't a science, but we found it helped us. We are going to re-schedule the retreat at the end of March and it will be even better than originally planned. This particular moment was missed, but never lost.
Have a great week everyone. Try and respond to your surroundings in a way that breeds positivity.
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.