I am grateful for you being here, right now, sharing your time with me. Thank You!
There is so much to discover, and not just in traveling to places and learning about other cultures.
What about discovering ourselves, our desires and our priorities?
Mark Walton, former Chief White House correspondent for CNN and author of Boundless Potential, noted about the late, great Jack Valenti of Motion Picture fame, “Through all his life, he was a work in progress.”
I feel a kindred spirit to Mr. Valenti, as I too am a never ending work in progress.
Yet, at the same time, I know that the ‘completed masterpiece’ that is Me already exists. Discovering is the progress.
I find it interesting that most of us can remember pretty well what happened in the past 5 years, but very few of us can envision what the next 5 years will look like. The future is a big question mark and even a frustration for many.
One of the many things brought to my attention in the Landmark Forum was that my actions in the present determine what my future will hold, and of course that makes perfect sense. And while we think otherwise, most of us do not Act enough.
We come up with excuses;
We seek others' opinions.......... and we wait.
I know I sure have. Even in what felt like my busiest states of life, much of my actual time was spent on what is listed above.
So, the thoughts in our head have some conflicting chatter going on. Such as, I really need to call "Joe", but 'maybe he won't answer the phone' and 'he probably doesn't want to hear from me' and 'I guess I could call him tomorrow' and 'I need to figure out the proposal a little better before I call him' and 'he's likely out of the office now anyway' and 'maybe instead I'll send him an email' and 'I think I'll wait until after lunch' and on and on. The conflict in our own minds, more often than not , gets in the way of action.
We think and complain and think more and often call it 'planning', and at the end of the day, we feel like we've really worked hard and had a frustrating day. Yet, if we noted the real 'actions' that took place, the tally would be far less than we would expect. And the real frustrations are due to our lack of actions.
As I discussed in past blogs - too much thinking and seeking perfection renders us less effective, not more.
Something I've found helpful in quieting my mind and being able to deal with the constant chatter in my head is meditation. I've been learning and practicing meditation for a year and a half now.
I've practiced yoga poses as a means of exercise and physical healing for pinched nerves in my back for quite a few years, but finding a studio like Tejas Yoga has also helped me to learn about so much more that yoga has to offer. Discovering me from the inside continues to bring me to a healthier state of being and brings more ease to my daily life.
If you have never meditated, why not give it a try? Ten minutes a day can work wonders.
The book by Rod Stryker, The Four Desires is an interesting and practical book for anyone to enjoy and was my entry point into meditation. I still listen to the Stryker meditation CD, especially for yoga nidra - a very nice and calming way to fall asleep.
The author does a great job of explaining the natural desires of all humans for happiness and success. And further, he points out that lasting happiness is dependent on prospering both materially and spiritually. It's a good read.
What Do YOU Think?........about new beginnings, discovering YOU and taking action?
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