It’s surprising, yet often it’s what we don’t necessarily like that can teach us valuable lessons.

I’m currently here on my first visit to Moscow, with its fascinating history and magnificent architecture.  I’m also noticing what I dislike. In this case it’s the noise from construction, traffic and the cigarette smoke as I walk along the streets.

It can be easy to notice what’s grating!

Interestingly, I’ve realized that I can focus on what’s bothering me – or, I can focus on what I’m enjoying.

What I find is that the more I’m grateful for, the more things start to go my way.  Someone might put out their cigarette, or I might end up in a quieter section of the street.  What’s really happening is that looking for what actually IS good, shifts my perspective. This means I see the best parts, in amongst the rest.

Even if the circumstances don’t change, where I place my attention changes it for me.1 What we resist, persists – because it occupies our energy.

When I leave Moscow, my memories will be a summary of what I dwelt on whilst I was here.  The gritty moments remind me to hand it over – because I don’t need to sort out and fix everything. My role is to simply live the experience.

So, when things get messy, how do you release rather than resist? Message me – I’d love to hear your insights/experience.

1In “Tiny Wisdom: What We Pay Attention To,” Lori Deschene shares, “As the Buddha said, what we think, we become. Now I’m not suggesting we should swallow our feelings on events big and small in fear they may somehow define us.  I’m suggesting that we question the thoughts that create our feelings so that we don’t let them consume us”.  As we go through our days, our focus creates our misery or our joy.

Fi Jamieson-Folland D.O, is a Lifestyle Consultant, with over 26 years experience in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a qualified osteopath, educator, writer, certified raw vegan gluten-free chef, speaker, health mentor and Health Brand Ambassador. She loves to globe-trot with her husband Chris (NZ, Australia, USA, UK + Europe and Indonesia are current favourites) relishing an outdoor lifestyle and time with family and friends.