“The practice: When you want to run, stay for a few moments longer and see what you find there.” - @iamhertribe
Maybe it’s too early to do an introspective 2018 post but my mind already started to wander there and I felt the need to write about it. Plus, tonight is the lighting of the Rockefeller Tree in NYC and I’ve just booked my tickets home so I’m really right on time.
If there’s one theme I’ve played throughout this year it’s been the idea of learning to sit in discomfort and instead of categorizing it good, bad, or ugly, realizing it’s all just information.
I think I spent most of my life being an impulsive little being. If an emotion came on, I quickly labeled it and moved to act. ‘What does this mean and what do I do about it?’ was answered and carried out all within a short timeframe, sometimes seconds.
To my credit, our brains are hard-wired to respond this way. It’s a mode of survival and thankfully, it’s kept us alive for quite a long time. We’re not here to merely survive though, we’re here to thrive. To do so, we need to start calling on the higher evolved parts of our brain (and our higher consciousness) to weigh short-term impulsivity with long-term rewards. To slow down. To stay. To sit in the discomfort, mix in some reason and rationale, and see what we find there.
Essentially, it’s data collection. It’s just information about ourselves, our circumstances, and the way we’re moving through this life. And as we all know, information is power. The more opportunities we can create to collect that data, the more opportunities we have for learning. It’s all one big experiment and as part of the phenomenon known as humankind you get to be the designer, the conductor, and the observer. With that new knowledge, you also get to become the director, and that’s a beautiful thing. 🌹
Life by Design was born out of a need for my own self-healing after decades of unresolved illness. It wasn’t until finding the courage to look within that I discovered it was my own belief system holding me back from experiencing a truly thriving life. We all have access to that thriving life. We just need to rediscover our power and ignite the healing-self. Only then can we unapologetically live a life by our own design.