Balancing “Facts” And Compassion During The Storm

Balancing “Facts” And Compassion During The Storm

Don’t let your ideas, your facts, your righteousness disconnect you from each other.

We’re all in this together.

Don’t neglect what you’re sure of. Share it.

The key is to stay connected while you share.

Listen to yourself, listen to each other. Listen more deeply than the words and ideas.

Let yourself experience whatever it is you’re experiencing. Don’t try to numb it, push it down, or away.

Just be with your experience without letting it run the show.

Hold your experience as you would hold a small, scared child.

Stay connected with yourself, stay connected with each other.

Transformation can be really intense.

The irrational thoughts can ramp up and become more extreme. The ideas can take on a life of their own…

Thoughts like, “I can’t do this. I’m not going to be ok. We’re not going to make it through.”

Notice the thoughts and stay with the sensations in your body.

Notice how the thoughts emerge like rocket-ships, and it’s up to you whether you latch onto them or let go of them.

Practice letting go, and watch as they disappear or burst into fireworks.

They are ideas. Some of them might be accurate, some of them might not be. But no matter their degree of accuracy, your ideas are not YOU.

YOU are much bigger, much more powerful than any of those ideas.

And when you stay connected to whom you really are, to what really matters, to whom or what you care about, you will be energized by the increased energy flowing through you in this time of transformation, instead of debilitated by it. And then you can use that energy to create more of what the world needs right now. You’ll be more empowered.

Yes, the storm is intense right now, and it may increase in its intensity for a while, but it is still a storm, doing what storms do; and storms never last forever.

We will get through this, and we will do it together.

I love you.

Keep it open.

Let me know if I can help.

Every Action You Take Can Be A Practice

Every Action You Take Can Be A Practice

You can think of a practice as any action you consistently take.

For example, brushing your teeth, showering, (I know I’m making assumptions for some of you here😉), eating, communicating, driving the car, exercising, working/creating, meditating, walking, sleeping.

🌟Basically, everything you do can become a practice, if you choose to look at it that way.🌟

Do you normally think of every personal interaction as a practice? What about your interactions with your significant other? Could that be a practice?

Do you think of living your life and all the actions you take in it itself as *skills* that you can practice and get better at?

I’m talking about how you make your morning (bulletproof) coffee/tea, the way you walk to your car from your house, the way you enter your office, what you choose to put your focus on during the drive *to* your office, etc.

I recommend adopting this viewpoint, that every action you take is a practice, one of YOUR practices, because implied with the word “practice” is the idea that we’re improving our action over time, in terms of effectiveness and efficiency.

***quickly rubs hands together with enthusiastic anticipation***

Does anyone else get as excited as I do about effectiveness and efficiency?

Someone might say, “Effectiveness and efficiency, Aaron, blah blah blah…”

⚡️But not so fast!

The more we practice something, with consciousness, the more likely we are to tilt toward mastery of that practice. And there is a deep fulfillment available to us in Mastery.

💲Masters of their craft not only tend to make more money (they are in high demand), they also experience more happiness and fulfillment in their lives.

Research has shown that the most critical factor in determining one’s mastery of a skill is not innate talent, but the person’s decision that they will practice their given craft for the rest of their lives.

So, will YOU be practicing these different “crafts” for the rest of your life?

🌠Of course you will!

And there’s something about taking this long-term “Practice of Mastery” perspective on our current circumstances that also helps us experience more patience, and to shift some of our energy from attachment to the desired outcome toward enjoyment of the process itself.

🎲Then, since we are more deeply engaged with the practices themselves, this leads to more enjoyment of life right now, instead of gambling on potential happiness in the future.

Have an awesome day.

Love,

Aaron