Wednesday, March 16, 2011

JOT Day 85 - When it melts, it melts Hallelujah. I walked outside without gloves and a hat for the first time since 2010. So there's that. And the fact that everything--simply everything--is lining up, the more I do. When I catch myself pushing against an idea or person's opinion, BAM. Lining up does not happen. But when I remember to mind my own business and focus on what I want, BAM. Lining up happens. There have been a succession of moments over the last ten years when I experienced a breakthrough along these lines with significant areas of interest in my life--relationships was the first biggie that I could physically feel different around. In the beginning there were snapshots of time where I didn't feel anxious or powerless or less-than, and try as I would, I couldn't budge that knowing in my gut. Then they got longer and longer until it was the whole photo album of moments, and the times I felt anxious were the exception, not the rule. These days I feel that way about pretty much everything. Feeling less than stellar is the exception. I still need to re-orient in the morning and purposefully choose where I want my thoughts to go, but so does everyone. That isn't a sign of weakness or an ineffective technique. We are human, and we forget this stuff without reminders. And that's why we're all here, to help each other remember. But the pay-off is so worth it, paying the price of happiness to lose the anxiety is a no-brainer. Can you say that about your spiritual practice?
JOt Day 87, 88, 89, 90 - Why Was That Such a Big Deal Well, because it was. And now it's not. What once seemed so looming, so daunting, so impossible, so overwhelming--is now just an integrated part of you. Remember junior high? Or middle shcool, or whatever it was called where you were when puberty and the cult of peer pressure kicked in? Talking to a member of another gender seemed an especially ridiculously difficult task, mostly because we made it out to be so in our heads. And bought into what the culture tells us about relationships and dating and making sure that we put across an "image" of someone, not necessarily ourselves. Because we've been practicing not to be who we really are for about a decade by then. We're told, "Just be yourself," and that's about the last thing we ever do, any day of the week. Sigh. So this week I got to experience the shift from daunting to very, very doable--I knew that it would be, but I had other human components to factor in, which means the outcome isn't under my control--with a particular event, and it feels pretty darn good, to more than one of the components involved. Just another cha-ching in the physics of emotion department. I practiced ever increasingly better feeling thoughts around the subject, and the outcome was fabulous. I didn't try to fix something in the usually left-brained, human hunt-it-down-and-kill-it fashion. I let my emotions show me the way. Cuz they are calling the shots anyway. I just learned how to work with them, not brace myself against their onslaught. They really are user friendly. Really.

Deb Schanilec

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