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Archive for November, 2007

Source of inspiration: Life, episode 9, “Serious Control Issues”

A 16-year-old boy who’d been abducted when he was 3 learns that the man he thought was his father isn’t. He asks, “If I’m not his son, then who am I?” The police detective tells him that because of what he went through, he won’t be like other people.

Today I will ask myself that question: Who am I? And I will notice how and when I try to be like other people, instead of being who I am. The words that I choose, the opinions and advice I give, the clothes that I wear, the way I walk or stand, and even the thoughts I think and the beliefs I have. Wow, lots to look at!

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Source of inspiration: Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch

I’d like to focus on the creative power of thought today (and maybe the next few days, in fact). I’ve been focusing on stopping the continual stream of thought. Now I want to practice using my mind proactively, instead of it using me.

I’m going to be gratitude and appreciation today, authentically. With my clients, with my family and friends, in my feelings and emotions, in my physical environment. I will also raise my awareness of synchronicities that occur in my life in little and big ways, and acknowledge and appreciate them.

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Source of inspiration: A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

In addition to sensory input, there are many other ways to stop the continuous stream of thought and enter the present. I can notice stillness in life, I can pay attention to my breath, and I can observe my egoic patterns (how I assert, build, and boost my sense of identity). I can focus my awareness on my “inner body,” that is, I can “feel the life that animates the physical body.”

Some of the ways I can apply this today are:

  • In my coaching calls, I will notice my egoic needs and release them.
  • As I work at my computer, I will keep part of my attention on my breath.
  • In conversations and interactions with people, I will notice the moments of stillness.
  • As I walk from here to there, I will feel my inner body (especially in my hands–where it is easiest for me to find it first).

I will emphasize the egoic pattern part today. That’s what I’m drawn most to today.

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Source of inspiration: A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

Sensory input triggers a break in the habitual stream of thinking. The idea is that when you hear a sound, for example, there is a moment when your attention is on the sound and your mind has stopped chattering. As Tolle puts it, “Consciousness is diverted away from thought because it is required for sense perception.”

For the rest of the day, I’m going to look for the gaps in my thinking that are triggered by sensory inputs. I’m going to make some dinner now and focus on smell and taste. Then I’m going to go to yoga tonight and focus on sight and sound.

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