Thursday, January 14, 2010
Meditation, Movement, & Mayhem of the Mind
(Marcy shoveling our walk, sporting snow pants and a kitten eared hat!)
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At lunchtime today, I have a meeting with Some People about a Project. That's all I can say, and not because I'm being Super Secretive but because I'm not exactly sure what is going to happen -- if anything.
But I am being open and moving forward into the unknown and that's what matters -- that bit of faith in this life that I used to not possess.
I used to want to control everything, know everything in advance, and as a result, I wasn't having a whole lot of fun.
This is a Huge Learning.
It feels like this desire to control is a first impulse, but that's the dangerous illusion of it, isn't it?
This desire to control is a learned reaction. For whatever reason, a lot of us have learned not to trust the world, so we have programmed ourselves to push down our real, instinctive reactions to things, and on top of that we have layered all sorts of coping mechanisms.
To protect ourselves.
Here's the kicker: We are protecting ourselves, in most cases, from Dangers that existed in the past. Those dangers no longer threaten us, but it can feel like they do.
It's like our brain grew all these little Soldiers for a war that is no longer being waged. Those little Soldiers, though, still have their marching orders, and they are totally skittish.
Any sudden movement, any slight scent of trouble, and they are aiming at things!
How do you decommission these Soldiers, that's the question.
Retraining. Reintegrating. Perhaps a college degree or some sort of certification to put them on a new Path. Maybe a small business loan?
I am being both silly and very serious here.
The soldiers I am referring to, in psychological speak, would be the feeling of Hyper-vigilance that a lot of us live with and react out of.
It all feels so damn real, doesn't it? The danger, the reaction, the logic...
Yet it's just a Brain construction and it's keeping us from living our lives to their fullest potential.
For me, dance is key, but another of my tools to retrain these Soldiers is meditation in all sorts of forms. If you haven't checked out what Jan is doing with her 28 day meditation challenge, go here. Every day, she explores another piece of the meditation puzzle.
How are you retraining your Soldiers? Have you even met them yet? What are they like?