I’ve been serving people for 15 years and in the most recent years, I’m seeing why people don’t change. For one, it’s scary as all hell to change anything. In fact, in the short term, change is much harder and more stressful than staying the same. However, there is one trait required which precedes all change: PRESENCE. That’s right, if you’re not present in your own thought life, it’s unlikely you’ll change anything sustainably. But with all the “stuff” wandering in our heads, finding presence may seem more like wishful thinking.
First things first, put your goals aside for just a second. Lets focus on the presence necessary to reaching your goals. The difficulty in becoming present is prying our way into a brain that’s already at full capacity. So lets intentionally let some of it go.
INTERACTIVE ACTIVITY – This is your first step towards changing something.
Take 6 minutes in a quiet place, close your eyes, and take your first minute to relax, breathe slowly and thoroughly through your nose. Then, for your next five, allow any/every thought, feeling or emotion that enters your awareness to make itself onto a blank sheet of paper. Don’t question its significance, just write it down. You’ll find what’s top of mind are mostly urgent matters…ones that exist because the most important things are not being taken care of.
Once you perform this “brain dump,” you create space for important things to surface. Those things are the matters that matter most and deserve your focused attention. Be aware, the urgencies will try to grab your attention; it’s a trap. Tackling what’s important IS the first step towards reaching your goals. You may need to organize your finances in order to lose weight. You may need to resolve a conflict before toning up. This is NOT linear thinking BUT it is appreciative of YOU as an interconnected Body, Mind and Spirit.
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Even Albert Einstein encourages us to be present, which says a lot since he’s the first guy who had the “light” go on. Too funny, I’m here all weekend! 🙂
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