The Whole Person Blog: Week One, Day Seven - Saturday Summary
Writings inspired by Seth Godin: What to Do When It's Your Turn (and It's Always Your Turn)
Saturday, January 4th, 2020
What a thrilling week it's been, exploring new ways of self-expression through writing. I enjoyed the additional challenges related to rereading the book, tying its messages to personal stories, and longer-form writing. A very special thanks to my friend, Seth Godin and the generous art he's both courageously created and vulnerably shared with the world–he's a beacon of light and a model of what's possible when love's at the forefront of your endeavors.
In a connected economy, we have more freedom and opportunity to take our turn, yet, the stories we tell ourselves keep us from showing up to make the world a better place
We look for promises that it will all be OK and that taking our turn will be fun, easy, and guaranteed, which it isn't, it can't, and will never be
When we show up to create generous work, we face the tension of this might work and this might not work, and the tension, while challenging to endure, is what makes art beautiful
We fear taking our turn because we fear feeling stupid, but stupid is the emotion of learning, and learning is the gateway to growth and evolution
While taking your work seriously is required to creating forward movement, taking it personally will set us back, limiting both our capacity and our impact
Most people have a fear of failure because they identify with the experience of failing, but the person who fails the most, wins
Making a difference is a matter of growing up, and developing a posture of showing up consistently, regardless of whether or not you feel like it
We invent our own suffering in two ways primarily: anticipating failure and feeling owed
There shortcut to making a difference is recognizing there are no shortcuts, once you stop looking for them, you can full seek to make your desired change
If your work is not emanating from a space of love, it's unlikely you'll maintain the endurance to go the distance
Link to last week's posts
Sunday: Picking yourself
Living a small life, more than anything else, is responsible for eroding the soul, and the physical diseases that follow
Monday: Positing and provoking YESness
Once we recognize there's a YES within us, we begin expressing it in meaningful ways.
Tuesday: The emotion of learning
The fear of stupidity is yet another problem resolved by solving your Identity Crisis.
Wednesday: Tension forges transformation (tied for most ♡ this week)
Tension is a complex combination of memories, narratives, emotions, sensations, and perceptions.
Thursday: Freedom, a problematic opportunity (tied for most ♡ this week)
It's easier to show up and be told what to do instead of being taught how to think for yourself
Friday: A labor of LOVE
If you measure success by way of income earned, invariably, all decisions are managed through that filter.
In 2005, the National Science Foundation published an article that 95% of human thoughts are repetitive and useless, with 80% of them being negative. Our false self keeps thinking the same things over and again, and we have absolutely no capacity to affect this pattern until we see it happening. Awareness precedes transformation!
While the number one fitness goal is core strength, the number one disability in the world is lower back pain. We clearly do not understand how our core functions. Click here for a functional, 30-second, anytime, anywhere core workout. If you like it, please share it–enjoy!
Symbolically speaking, the word Spirit is a turnoff for many due to its association with religion. However, unless we recontextualize it's meaning, we'll never fully possess the capacity to treat ourselves as Whole People. Did you know the root of the word Religion (religio) means to rebind/reconnect? This is the essence of what we're doing when we pursue our goals: reconnecting to what's important to us. Self-care is a religious experience!
Next week, we will dive into the MindBody Code, by clinical neuropsychologist, Dr. Mario Martinez. His work focuses on Psychoneuroendoimmunology (PNEI), the study of how our thoughts affect our Nervous, Endocrine, and Immune Systems. This book will expand your insights on the robust nature of the Mind and will convey the importance of both meditation and visualization work. Due to the meatiness of this book, I will be sharing its concepts over the next two weeks.
Be sure to join me this Monday's from 7:10 - 7:50 pm EST for a YES meditation to rediscover your original goodness. Register here.
“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” Marcus Tullius Cicero