I've been watering plants for friends who are away so this sweltering heat doesn't do them in. This week a friend is backpacking in Alaska so I'm hiking to her house daily to feed her cat.
I'm catching up with many old and new friends, writing again and really enjoying a deeper space of appreciating my life. Lots of folks are struggling with jobs, money and relationships and I have my own challenges there but I decided to give fear a vacation. When I feel that hopeless vacuum of same old, same old or clutching panic of how will I make this work, I breathe and ask myself what belief is running me. The fact that I feel gripping fear or hollow hope directs me to examine what I'm thinking.
Try it. Next time you feel any negative emotion, stop, breathe through it and write down what you are thinking. Here are four questions to ask:
1) Is it absolutely true?
2) How do I feel when I think this thought?
3) How would I feel without this thought?
4) Mirror back the thought by making it about you.
These questions are The Work, by Bryon Katie. This simple approach helps you see how your thinking is faulty.
You will see some immediate results that open up your energy to move out of that old stagnant space and make better choices. It Works!
Until next time,