August 2, 2014 at 5:06 am #1052
A significant portion of our everyday lives is filled with “second nature” activities: activities that are so engrained in us that they require very little thought or intention to perform them. There are tremendous efficiencies that result from our capacity to perform in this way, yet inherent in these efficiencies are also serious limitations.
As more and more of our activities become second-nature, we experience less and less insight and creativity. Journaling helps to keep our creativity muscle strong. A regular journaling practice connects us to our inner wisdom, and infuses these “second-nature” activities with the fresh insight and creativity we need to take life to the next level!
Today while journaling, try writing more slowly than you normally do; honor each letter of each word as they emerge from the depth of stillness; keep a point of awareness on your breath as you write. That’s it!
This week’s journal prompt is:
Week 13: “The unyielding stillness taught me . . .”
August 3, 2014 at 5:07 am #1053
The unyielding stillness taught me that the only things worth doing are worth doing well. To do worthwhile things well, I must take my time with them. Slowing down as I perform the ordinary tasks of my everyday life connects me to a wealth of wisdom and insight.
As I turn my attention to washing dishes, folding laundry, or even walking to my car, I can ask, “What is it this activity has to teach me?” Instantly the activity is transformed into a classroom ripe with meaning. The task, standing in front of the chalkboard, and I, sitting wide-eyed on the rug at its feet like an eager kindergartner on the first day of school.
The student and the teacher create the teaching. The activity learns as much from me as I do from it. Together we learn dynamic lessons of humble service, deep sincerity, and compassionate gratitude.
As the activity concludes, the unyielding stillness has learned how to both generously share and receive a wealth of wisdom. Through my uncompromising devotion, the unyielding stillness glimpses its stunning reflection in the ordinary activities of everyday life.
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