Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Can You Remember What You Want?


I have a framed quote in my writing room: Discipline is remembering what you want.*

(*By David Campbell. A "Canadian politician," which is all I could find on him.)

Along those same lines, the Dalai Lama is often reminding us that this life, this awakening, this being awake takes "Constant Effort."

"Constant Effort" does not mean "when you are on your zafu/yoga mat" or "when you can" or "when you have time" or "when you think of it."

It means Constant Effort. Constant.

One of my favorite scenes in Kundun is when the young Dalai Lama's father dies and he must go take care of the rituals. His mentor tells him, "Do not be distracted, Kundun."

He says this to a little boy whose father lies dead. A little boy. It is an astonishing segment of the movie.

No distractions. Constant Effort. Remembering.

This is what it takes to be fully present, to live in the now, to be the Constant Becoming that I said is our essence in yesterday's post.

For Wishcasting Wednesday, Jamie asks: What do you wish to Remember?

I wish to remember to remember. I wish to remember what I want.

When I am tempted to skip my yoga or dance time, I wish to remember that these things make me Shiny. I wish to remember that being in my body every day is vital to my emotional health.

When I am tempted to stay on the computer for too long, I wish to remember that breathing in fresh air and watching birds calms my soul.

When I am tempted to not work on my novel, I wish to remember that writing is who I am, that I have many novels to write after this one.

When I am tempted to slip into negativity, I wish to remember the Constant Effort of staying present and grateful.

When I am tempted to react out of Anger, I wish to remember that this is the part of me that is in greatest need of Love.


What are the things that you need to remember if you are to have the life you so deeply desire?


(Photo & Text Copyright: Christine C. Reed, blisschick.net, 2009)

29 comments:

Judi said...

As Christine wishes for herself, so I also wish for her .... remember.

organicsyes said...

Here's to staying "shiny" :)

Kavindra said...

Oh I remember how upsetting I used to find the idea of "constant effort". It sounded so unreasonable to me, counter to the "free bird" idea I had of myself. But it is true, and I have come to appreciate it ... finally.

And I keep a list, similar to yours here, always in the last page of my current journal, of these things I need to remember, to refer to those moments I find myself lying on the rug, complaining, very far away from "constant effort" ;)

As Blisschick wishes for herself, so I wish for her (and me!) as well.

Jamie Ridler said...

As BlissChick wishes for herself, I wish for her also.

What powerful remembrances. I love the question you asked in return.

Tabitha@ichoosebliss said...

As Christine wishes for herself, so I also wish for her also.

Lisa said...

As I read this, I want to say "Constant Effort SUCKS!!!"

I can do well at maintaining this kind of discipline in a few areas of my life...but trying to keep many balls juggling in the air at once gets very overwhelming at times! (Especially when unforeseen circumstances/responsibilities show up.)

Today I am feeling anxious and short of breath with the weight of this so-called constant effort.

Although, now it seems that what I truly want is unreasonable and not likely to happen without great effort and, perhaps, consequences. Today it feels as if I am not up to the task.

And how can we even trust what we truly want - or the remembering of it - when our wants change based on our circumstances, likes, dislikes, financial picture, etc? I am now faced with a life I've created which, in all truth, I think I no longer want. How's that for constant effort? The constant effort of the past 20 years has brought me to this place that no longer resembles who I am or what I think I want. So was I asleep the whole time? And not in touch with my TRUE wants?

"What you once were isn't what you want to be, anymore." ~Wilco

Wanting is overrated.

Desire is a trap.


(Sorry for the ranting comments. Seems me Pissed/Whiny Chick is showing up today!)

Beverley Baird said...

As Christine wishes for herself, I wish for her also.

Lawendula said...

As Christine wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.

Yes, it's good to remember what you want and believe that you deserve it all! BB

Christine Claire Reed said...

Kavindra, Yep, me, too! the Constant Effort thing used to make me downright MAD! ha!

Lisa, a few things here and then I'll email! :)

Constant effort is not at all about juggling or balancing. It's way, way deeper than that. And desire CAN be a trap, if we mistake it for things outside of ourselves.

When I say I want to remember that I am a writer, for example.

The "Desire Trap" there would be if I were mistaking that part of myself with the wanting of material success, fame, money, etc. No, my desire is to simply honor the NEED, the basic, visceral NEED to write.

And yes, sometimes we are asleep for many, many years.

Consider yourself lucky: some people stay asleep for entire LIFE TIMES!

Sarah said...

As Christine wishes for herself, so I also wish for her also:)

YES YES YES..I am so with you on every single one - especially the computer one!!! Hugs and namaste, Sarah

Leah said...

As Christine wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.

I love these ways of remembering what our body and soul loves most for us!

Jaliya said...

I **LOVE** that quote!

Thanks, BlissChick, you've made my day! :-)

xoxo

Girlie-Queue said...

Dang woman...again - rockin' my world. Love all of your quotes and rememberances and *especially* your *wish*... As Blisschick wishes for herself, so too do I wish for Blisschick...simply awesome.

Grace said...

Remember to live my values daily ... or at least work on building a life that leads to that.

Holly said...

Christine: Thanks for remembering and you've helped a lot of us to do it too...here's really to being shiny.

As Christine wishes for herself, so I lovingly and with intention wish for her also.

heidi daisybones said...

I love that quote. Brilliant. It goes along with the insight from The Artist's Way: she says that we call it "discipline" but it's really enthusiasm:D

Anonymous said...

oh for god sake, why does everyones always say "As christine wishes for herself, i also wish for her" - What a waste of a comment! Come on guys, come up with something better than that. I find ALOT of the comments SOOOO boring!!!!!!

Christine Claire Reed said...

ANON -- Oh! That's just the format that Jamie asks people to utilize for her Wishcasting Wednesday. The idea is that all that mutual wishing energy will help each person's wish to manifest.

:)

KnittingJourneyman said...

As Christine wishes for herself, I so wish for her as well.

Tim King said...

In a way, Christine, what you wrote is similar to what I wrote today for Wishcasting Wednesday. It might not seem so on the surface. However, I wrote about what I believe I as a write need to remember in order to have the life I desire, as did you. Nice post.

As Christine wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.

-TimK

Emma said...

I wish this for you, too, Christine! Great post!

This one particularly applies to me, too:
"When I am tempted to stay on the computer for too long, I wish to remember that breathing in fresh air and watching birds calms my soul."

And I've been remembering that today, too. I'm online right now, but haven't been all afternoon even though I had the opportunity to be. :)

shinyyoga said...

I want to be debt free.. so I can spend all my money on yoga training, yoga retreats, and more yoga : )

JFKlaver said...

I wish to remember I don't have to focus on the breath to breathe; it just happens. I can move on now...

VICKI IN AZ said...

Inspiring!
May I follow your example, and remember!
Namaste

MamaRose said...

As Christine wishes for herself, I wish for her also.
Blessings!

Skeeter said...

As Christine wishes for herself, I wish for her also.

waylon said...

great post. than you.

Lani Gerity said...

As Blisschick wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.

Deldino said...

As Christine wishes for herself, so I also wish for her