Following your path is the ultimate adventure. The question I receive from many people, including my own internal dialogue is, “How do you find your path…how do you know when you’re on the right path?”
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The message the Chinese Bamboo Tree offers is something that is difficult to grasp in our world today. Everything is fast. Millions of instant-result products are marketed toward consumers all over the world – every day.
Slowing down and allowing a natural progression to occur is a key ingredient to achieving calmness within you. Nothing is forced in nature yet nothing is left undone. Everything is completed and it’s completed on-time every time.
Let’s revisit the lesson of this beautiful tree.
An open letter to Mr. Resistance
Mr. Resistance –
It is 1:31 AM — Thursday morning. We both know why I am starting my daily blog post so late, don’t we? Yes…yes, we do.
I wish I could see your face. I am assuming you look upset. You didn’t think I’d even get to this tonight, did you? Man…when are you going to learn?
You can’t stop me.
I want you to envision a tiny version of yourself sitting in your mind. If you want an example of what mine looks like; I sit on the top row of the bleachers.
The bleachers are above my left ear facing in. I barely move in either realm. I sit quietly and observe my thoughts. I have zero judgments or opinions as I watch. Each thought, or set of thoughts, come in from the right side through my ear. Sometimes it gets loud — it’s okay. That’s normal
Day 9. Here we go.
Have you ever listened to yourself think? What I mean by that is — Have you ever sat quietly and simply observed your thoughts? Without judgement? It can be a tricky thing to do considering how active our brains are.
I’d like you to try it now. If you are in a safe place, it’s reasonably calm and quiet, give it a shot.
It does not require a pose or anything specific. It only requires you, your full attention, and willingness. Closing your eyes is beneficial for obvious reasons but, not necessary.
I want you to sit still. Allow yourself to drift. If you have a thought, accept it. Say hello to it. Thank it for showing up but kindly ask it to leave for a little while and invite it back. One extremely important fact to keep in mind: You’re always going to have thoughts coming in. It’s not possible to turn it off. If you’re in the midst of this exercise and you’re focusing on keeping the thoughts at bay — that is a thought. You’re thinking about keeping your thoughts at bay. The point of this exercise is to simply allow the thoughts to come in, observe them, and watch them leave as another set come in.
Envision yourself sitting in those bleachers above your left ear. You are doing nothing except sitting and watching the thoughts. You have no facial expressions. No tone in your voice. No thoughts about whether you’re doing it right or not. Just sit and watch.
I do this often and I’ve realized, after several months of doing this, that we have far more control over our thoughts than we give ourselves credit for. Accept what you see in there, simply look at your thoughts with no emotional value – no positives and no negatives. You’re observing. After 30 seconds or so, ask the current thought to leave so the next thought can come in. Envision a trail. I use the ear to ear. When the thoughts are in my mind and I am up on the left ear bleachers – I see an empty space in the middle of my skull (no jokes about that!) and the thought just hovers there until I tell it to leave. As it leaves, it leaves slowly. Essentially it’s dragging its feet to the other side of your head. As it leaves, you slightly move your head to the other side and observe the next thought as it enters.
Now, why is this effective and what’s the point?
I will go into detail about that in day 10. It’s an interesting exercise if you do it consistently. I will tell you this — Observing your thoughts will relax your entire body. Your muscles will feel loose. It will cure headaches. It will conquer self-doubt. The reason it does those things is the same reason meditation creates complete contentment for people. You will actually see, if your eyes are closed, the basic functions of the universe in your mind as you watch your thoughts. Over time, this is what you’ll see. It’s truly incredible. I will explain in greater depth tomorrow. Until then, stay safe out there. #my500words
The featured image on today’s post, as well as the first image in the text, are courtesy of my friend Emily Tjaden. Her website is called This Incandescent Life.
I highly recommend checking out her work. She’s an excellent writer. Click the link and see for yourself.
As always, thanks for reading.
Much love, my friends.
The second agreement in The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz, is becoming a significant mainstay in my life. The basic idea of this agreement is Don’t Take Anything Personally. I’m feeling compelled to write about this tonight; mainly because the work involved in this agreement has recently become a much steeper hill to navigate.
Hello, humans. I hope this post finds you feeling well, strong, and confident. How are you feeling today? How is your connection? How is the frequency measuring up?
All 3 of those questions mean the same thing. How are you feeling?
Let’s talk about this — I’ll tell you how I am feeling as well.
I had an interesting thought today about the human brain and the belief system we all share. At the end of yesterday’s post, I mentioned the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind stores information from the conditioning stages of life — mostly when we are youngsters. Every belief we hold in our mind is based on two factors. One is our culture and the second is how interactive we are with those beliefs. Anyway, on that note, one must wonder what is truly real. I also wonder how much of those beliefs transfer over, if they do at all, to the next phase of existence.
I am getting a late start on today’s post. Not a problem though because I have a lot on my mind. Today was a good day.
I woke up like a cat. Awake and alert within 3 seconds. I don’t know if that has ever happened to me before but, I have to say, it felt incredible. If you’ve never experienced this – I hope one day you do.
I wish I knew how it happened so I could duplicate it and eventually make it a daily routine.