It’s easy to think that life speeds up and slows down–that sometimes it’s just nuts “out there” and sometimes it’s not. But life doesn’t go fast or slow; life simply unfolds moment to moment. What speeds up and slows down is our thinking. There’s nothing to fix here, just something to see, and when you see it, you tend not to find your speeded up thinking so compelling.
When we don’t know what to do it is easy to get caught up in a mental logjam. The harder we think and the more things we come up with, the worse it gets. What’s happening is that we’re trying to shift gears without going into neutral. The remedy is to see what we’re doing, stop grinding, and allow the choice of what gear to try next to arise from a neutral place.
Would you like to see even more clearly how to get clear of mental logjams and shift into a meaningful, productive, and joyful gear? Check out The Art of Living: Creating Magic and Meaning in Life and Work. Starts July 5.
It’s common for those new to the Three Principles to get caught up in how precisely the Principles help. The implicit assumption is that “help” means “deliver a different experience.” But as we come to understand how Mind, Consciousness, and Thought produce our moment to moment experience of life, we are freed from preoccupation with the content of that experience. In this video I illustrate this with a story about breaking my wrist and invite you to consider where in your own life you see that your experience is coming from your thinking, not your circumstances.
I invite you to comment here. I’d love to know where you see this and where it looks to you like there are exceptions.
Would you like take a deeper look at these principles? Check out The Art of Living: Creating Magic and Meaning in Life and Work. Starts July 5.
The free replay (video and audio versions) of today’s Wholeness Hangout with Nicole Huguenin is live. Click here to watch or to download the audio.
Our topic was Expanding Your Wealth: How Living into Questions Can Inform Your Richness. We explored the many forms of currency that are invisible until we take a fresh look and how taking that fresh look can expand wealth in multiple dimensions. We identified some fallacies of conventional and unconventional talk about abundance, attraction, and value. We had a lovely time, and we both welcome your stories and questions.
Where did the weekly videos go?
If you’ve been looking for my weekly videos, I seem to have been on sabbatical. 😉 I’ve been sharing previous videos on social media and in my ezine. Here’s a recap of what you may have missed. ♥
There is no way it’s supposed to be
Sometimes we lives as though there is a way things should unfold, that certain things should happen and other things shouldn’t. Our spouses should be faithful. Loved ones should not get cancer. When we look more closely, though, we see that doesn’t make any sense at all. Click here or on the image to watch There Is No Way It Is Supposed to Be.
Nothing is an interruption
I don’t know about you, but I sometimes experience things as inconveniences or interruptions. When I do, they are problematic. But if we take a closer look, how can anything interrupt life? The only thing that interrupts life is arguing with what is. Click here or on the image to watch Nothing Is an Interruption.
When Going with the Flow Isn’t Working
This week, I reprise a video from March, 2016.
Have you ever felt like you were going with the flow, but the flow wasn’t serving up the insight, support, or momentum you needed? You doubt your choice and wonder if it might not make more sense, just this once, to push the river. What’s likely is that you aren’t going with the flow at all, but that you are standing in the river. This is something to see, not fix. (And the mystery continues…). Click here or on the image to watch.
Analysis paralysis versus a free mind
There’s a big difference between the analytical thinking we do with our personal minds and accessing wisdom. In a prep call for the July 2015 Wholeness Hangout (see below), Judy Sedgeman made a cogent observation about the relationship between insecurity and analytical thinking that shed, for me, new light on its limitations. Click here or on the image to watch.
When we are in a low state of mind, it’s tempting to try to change things. But if we try to work on the “self” that we perceive when we are low, we are essentially remodeling the basement in hopes of getting a penthouse. What we are experiencing is always and only a projection of thought, and if we leave it alone, thought will invariably change all by itself. But please, don’t take my word for it. Play with this. Wonder about it. And let me know what shows up for you. ♥
Timothy Gallwey, author of The Inner Game of Tennis, has said that life is a perfectly designed workshop. The part I didn’t realize when I heard that, and which I see know, is that each of us is also perfectly designed for our lives. There is no test we need to pass. Nothing to prove.
I’m still experiencing a bit of brain fog post-surgery*, so I made this a very short video. I invite you to watch it to catch the feeling, and then to play with what shows up for you. Do let me know what you see!
*On April 11th I had surgery to complete breast reconstruction following my mastectomy in 2015. If you are curious about it, you are welcome to visit my CaringBridge journal. Everything’s going swimmingly. 🙂