“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it is lethal.” ~ Paulo Coelho
While nestled in the mountains near Granby Colorado on the yogadownload.com retreat last week, a student called her week away a “pattern interrupt.” (That’s us in the picture, having a coaching session “al fresco”).
And indeed, unless one’s regular life consisted of camping in teepees, being served three colorful vegetarian meals per day, receiving Thai massage in a tent in the meadow, hiking to waterfalls, outside yoga twice daily, sipping fine whiskey at the state’s smallest bar, and throwing an impromptu dance party with new friends, then the experience surely interrupted the daily routine.
And we all need such breaks in the routine. There’s something so refreshing and heartening about infusing our senses with different sights, sounds, tastes and smells. Switching things us makes us come alive again, especially when we’ve dug ourselves into a rut of repetition.
A pattern interrupt is a concept popularized by Neuro Linguistic Programming to change a particular thought, behavior or situation.
Over time, we all develop strategies and behaviors that turn into patterns and habits. These patterns and habits are largely unconscious, meaning you do many of them without being aware or at choice. If the pattern of behavior is unhealthy, this can cause you to be stuck and unfulfilled in life. Running the same old behaviors can sabotage close relationships, stunt any career growth, and even cause you to give up on the dreams you once had. Even if the pattern is healthy, there can still be a feeling of stagnancy and boredom in life.
Sound familiar in any way? Maybe it’s time to implement a pattern interrupt.
A pattern interrupt can come in many forms, but it must start from awareness. Perhaps you aware of redundant repetition, stifling stagnancy or just a sense that you’re not living a life of purpose and happiness. If so, please join me for any of these pattern interrupting events:
- 14 Day RESET cleanse. Nothing like a cleanse to interrupt your patterns of eating. I’ll be leading a small group through this elimination diet to give the gut a vacation. After the first few days of prep, you’ll then eat very cleanly for one full week. The last few days will be reintegrating the potentially problematic foods to understand exactly how your unique body responds to them. Gorgeous manual, private Facebook group and three group coaching calls included. September 15-October 1, $49.
- Yoga and personal growth retreat in Mexico with me March 25-30, 2019. It’s not too early to make plans to interrupt your long Winter and mud-season with a get away to the beach! I’m taking a small group to Chacala, MX (90-minutes north of Puerto Vallarta) to stay at a beautiful, intimate retreat house overlooking the ocean. Think daily yoga, surf, sand, fun, new friends, quiet time, jungle adventures, tacos, and more! Prices start at $600.
- Total Transformation Discovery session on the phone with me. Help me help you out of the rut of your daily life by signing up for a coaching session on the phone with me. Uncover where you’ve been stuck and develop a plan of action to start living a more fulfilled, powerful life. Absolutely FREE!
Reach out to me directly if you believe your life could benefit from any or all of the above pattern interrupting offerings.
And if none of these resonate with you, what else can you implement to change up your rote behaviors and habits? Drive a different route home from work today? Try a new recipe for dinner? Sign up for a fitness challenge or a creative arts class?
Comment below and let me know how you are going to keep things fresh and intentional for yourself as we move into the last few months of the year.