Reports from the Front:
This is a small sampling from the resistance fighters (that read this blog) overcoming their resistance.
“Headed to my first silent meditation retreat this weekend! I love to talk so I was resistant… But I’m anticipating great things and I know learning to get quiet and listen to my still, small voice will further reduce resistance to things that are truly meant for me!”- Katherine A.
“This simple working meditation has allowed me to slow down and gain vast insight. I’ve had so many aha moments, this week!” – Anna M.
“Resistance 4- baby awoke, and could have woken the rest of the house at 6:45am. I should wake up the wife to take care of him, resistance said, let her do it, you don’t have to. I had just started to put away the dishes – it would … Read More »
“Even in the midst of the necessary hard work or restraint, you can access joy. When we do what must be done with a full heart, that full-heartedness leads to results we can love. The surest sign that you’re working with the life-affirming kind of discipline, rather than the spirit-depressing kind, is that you don’t complain very much about doing what it takes.” – Danielle Laporte
“Have you ever brought home a treadmill and let it gather dust in the attic? Ever quit a diet, a course of yoga, a meditation practice? Have you ever bailed out on a call to embark upon a spiritual practice, dedicate yourself to a humanitarian calling, commit your life to the service of others? Have you ever wanted to be a mother, a doctor, an advocate for the weak and helpless; to run for office, crusade for the planet, campaign for world peace, or to preserve the environment? Late at night have you experienced a vision of the person you might become, the work you could accomplish, the realized being you were meant to be? Are you a writer who doesn’t write, a painter who doesn’t paint, an entrepreneur who never starts a venture? Then you know what Resistance is.”
“Resistance, … Read More »
Remember the movie Billy Jack starring Tom Laughlin? The film and its sequels have long since decamped to cable, but Tom Laughlin is still very much around. In addition to his movie work, he’s a lecturer and author and a Jungian-schooled psychologist whose specialty is working with people who have been diagnosed with cancer. Tom Laughlin teaches and leads workshops; here’s a paraphrase of something I heard him say:
The moment a person learns he’s got terminal cancer, a profound shift takes place in his psyche. At one stroke in the doctor’s office he becomes aware of what really matters to him. Things that sixty seconds earlier had seemed all-important suddenly appear meaningless, while people and concerns that he had till then dismissed at once take on supreme importance.
Maybe, he realizes, working this weekend on that big deal at the office … Read More »
The achievement of most goals leaves us with a fleeting moment of satisfaction as you look immediately ahead to the next one. To extract more happiness from your goals they must be self-concordant, and enable you to enjoy the process of striving toward them more than the attainment. Happiness research advises pursuing goals involving growth, connection, and contribution rather than goals involving money, beauty, and popularity. Find goals that are interesting and personally important rather than goals you feel forced and pressured to pursue. This will maximize your potential for Happiness. – from Happier by Tal Ben-Shahar