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I know you know, how sometimes the work ahead of you can feel overwhelming and you think things aren’t going to work out. You might be right, but it might not be in the way you thought.

This can happen because you may be thinking too much about it. It is reasonable to “think to much” when something isn’t working, after all isn’t thinking the way to figure it out? But here is the thing, if you weren’t able to come up with a good answer after a bit of thinking, it is likely that the answer to your problem is not going to come through rational thought. And so, that mouse wheel can turn the problem over and over and over again, but that wheel is going to just keep on spinning – gaining no traction, and you are going to become more and more frustrated. You may even feel like you are going mad, losing your mind, because the definition of madness is doing the same thing repeatedly, but expecting different results.

Here is another way to look at it. You are resisting the resistance. Don’t make everything into a fight. You might not need to defend yourself as often as you think- ah, and there is that word again: THINK. Don’t get me wrong, thinking is good. It is critical. But it is not the “be all, end all” of the variety of tricks you have in your bag. Dig down, trust that it is worth searching to the very bottom of your bag for you intuition. If you haven’t used it in a while the bottom of the bag is exactly where it while be. So be patient and dig down. Trust that it is there. Have a little faith that you might already know what to do. Let yourself yourself consider what you want. Ask yourself, “What do I want to do about this?” Follow the answer to the question with the same inquiry, “What do I want to do about this?” Follow it until you end up at the solution.

One thing. You may run into your own resistance when you practice this. I know that I do. It is okay. Keep moving through the “I don’t know what I want to do,” “This is ridiculous,” “What I want to do, is fix my problem,” “I want to eat the whole thing,” or “I just want to get altered.” Move through the resistance with the same inquire. Go ahead and say to yourself, “Okay, so you just want to get altered. Now what do you want to do?”

So now if you want, practice this this week. It is going to be very useful in the time ahead of you. Go ahead, do it if you want.

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Notice thoughts that create sensations within your body that feel good, that you like.

You might notice that when your thoughts create nice sensations within your body that it can be easy to think, “It is okay. It will be okay. Everything will work out.” And you might even remember that it usually does. In fact, you might think, “It might always work out.” So notice the thoughts that you like. Really bring your attention to them. Notice what you think that feels good and then appreciate the feeling. Go within yourself and thank yourself for having created such nice sensations – sensations that feel good. Allow yourself to be grateful for feeling good.

Your thoughts inform your emotions or “feelings”, emotions inform your physiology. Literally, the thoughts you think program the cells in your body. Once programed they communicate to all the parts of the body and soon you are moving through the world making your thoughts come true. You are creating your own reality.

Notice the thoughts that create good feelings and begin to change your brain from thinking thoughts that don’t create the sensations you like to thinking more thoughts that do create the sensations you like. The more you do this, the more often you think thoughts that support you and the life you want to create. Be present and create the life you want. It’s only your resistance to the present moment, to the thought you are thinking, that is holding you back.

Experiencing relaxation, satisfaction, and contentment might only be a thought away.

Go ahead, think about. Then forget about it. BE. Just be and see what you notice.

toe in water
Big toe stuck in the water.

“Stick your toe in,” now stuck.
Paralyzed.

One foot in and one foot out.
Out of balance,

Fearful that I shall fall –
Fail.

Slip under and drown.
Faced with the murky possibilities of
Unknown muddied waters.

Neck, hips and knee
Painfully holding on
To the moment just before
I let go.

B e c om i n g a statue,
I am
Marmoreal.
A mere imitation of myself,
Naked for all to see in a museum of highly polished possibilities.

I am b e c o m i n g very hard and cold,
Eyes, wide discs dilated,
Stone of expression.
Unresponsive in my angle of repose.
A great monument for a moment.

Then,
Questioning –
“Who’s hands are at the rims of the pupils,
Waving frantically,
Screaming from loud, black holes,
Sounding all the world?”
But me? Stone deaf to the call.

Until,
I notice.
Sensate.
Somewhere off center,
Deep and tucked-in,
The cerebellum hums.
I B l i n k!

Dorsal nexus lights,
Thinking runs,
Feeling rolls.
Breathing in deep,
I
AM
pp iiii nnnnn gggggg kkkkkkk dddddaah
PINK! as a new born.

The water is cold.
Knee bends to the ball of my foot.
Body leans into the surrender.
Metatarsals grip and lift.
Arms, lovingly
Prepare for flight.
B e s i d e me,
Then,
Up
Over my head,
Graceful, like an ancient bird,
Leading the way.
Knee bows to the vertebrate,
Ball springs,
Up
And big toe is the last one in.

UNSTUCK!

September 2013