I wrote some things down yesterday and today after going for a walk.
- A key to succeeding (at anything) is to cultivate the ability to experience the journey.
- To be filled in: How does this ability help to foster success? What are examples I can give of how things are different once a person cultivates this ability?
- If you want to move forward you have to let go of the things that are holding you back.
- Why don't people let go?
- They don't know what's holding them back.
- They don't know they are holding on.
- They don't know what's back and what's forward.
- The fear of letting go exceeds the pain of holding on.
- I am willing to experience:
- I am willing to let go of:
- self-limiting thoughts
- others' expectations
Today's thoughts (meant to stand on their own and not be connected to yesterday's, although there may be value in connecting them):
- What if the complete opposite is true?
- What would it take for the complete opposite to be true?
- What would it mean if the complete opposite is true?
- What if someone who claims to love another really hates?
- What if someone who claims to hate another really loves?
- Either can lead to the person doing horrible things that s/he would not do if s/he would just admit the truth.
- The "lover" manipulating, sabotaging or abusing
- The "hater" overcompensating and being needlessly cruel
- What if the child who exclaims, "I hate you and want nothing to do with you!" is just protecting her/himself from the pain of not receiving the affection s/he so desperately craves?
- What if the "successful" CEO really wishes s/he were self-employed (even) at a fraction of the income?
- What if the spiritual, anti-material individual really wishes s/he had more money and "stuff"?
- What if the wealthy socialite really hates the golfing, tennis, parties, socializing and all the other material stuff and really wishes s/he had a simple life with a few close friends / family?
As I seek to raise consciousness, if I can't think of any other question to ask, I can always ask "What if the opposite is the truth?" The key is for me to always be asking questions, as opposed to seeking to provide answers. I'd rather cultivate a reputation for being good at asking questions than for being good at giving answers.
Bhavatu sabba mangalam - May all beings be happy