I’m getting ready to embark upon another journey, this time to staff at a meditation center for a couple weeks, I find myself needing to bring more awareness to taking care of myself. However, I’ve been feeling out of touch with you for awhile and wanted to share some inspiration. Lucky for me, a dear friend of mine has recently launched her own blog and website, and much of her work has to do with letting go of what no longer serves us.
Here is her offering for this week:
II. Letting Go of What No Longer Serves Us
It wasn’t all that long after suddenly realizing I wasn’t doing the things I wanted to do in life all that often, making a list of those things, putting fairly diligent awareness on them for a few days, as explained in The Mind’s Destructive Games, and putting them in my top desk drawer, before I realized I was remembering them less and less often. One day, I realized I hadn’t thought of them for a few days. And there it was: regression to the mean, that quality of sliding back into the easy, comfortable, sleepy, non-challenging way.
Pretty ironic, given that I’ve made a career and personal spiritual practice based on pushing through limits and helping other people push through theirs. The way I work has been in layers: unraveling layer after layer, going slowly deeper, often making great progress, often seeing those I work to inspire make great progress, but sometimes feeling myself regressing to the mean, forgetting the spark, the initial realization, and, then un-layering a bit, seeping toward the old, tired, “way things are.”
I suddenly wondered what it would be like to plow through several layers at once, really step up my game. And not to step it up momentarily, like a spike on a graph, but keep it there, set a new level. I’ve done it sometimes, in some ways, but often times there’s that rubber band effect, gently pulling me back somewhat, telling me that it’s fine to make slow progress. Is the pressure of habit, the well-worn groove, so comfortable and natural, that it takes no effort to slide back into the every day . . . . It’s always waiting.
Part of what spurred this curiosity was reading Marie Kondo’s book titled The life-changing magic of tidying up. I’ve always been somewhat of a clutter freak, I’ve been referred to as a “space snob,” and I get rid of personal possessions that don’t serve me anymore with ease. And often.
It’s been a painfully slow process, though….—–> Read the rest of the article here.
Dana Reece has a 25 year career dedicated to personal transformation, teaching people to get clarity around and then manifest their goals through writing, sharing, journaling. She is also a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor and an Inner Space Technique Practitioner (think, psychoanalysis meets reiki) with nearly 20 years’ meditation practice.