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The Roots of Anxiety

In Billbergia, Conscious Living, Homework, Puya, Vriesea on February 27, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Today I had to make a decision on a rather benign and non-life threatening business issue. As I approached the point of commitment, I noticed that I was extremely anxious about what I was about to do.

As my practice is to ‘notice and not judge’ what I do, I decided to get to the bottom of the anxiety. Now when I say this, I wasn’t looking for a clear answer or a “memory of the time I…” which set up the current axiety. What I was looking for was a simple comfort with what I was about to undertake. After all, anxiety didn’t fit the situation… but it did fit my perception of the situation.

I was nervous.

My usual practice whenever something is stressful or emotional is to ‘sit with it’. By this I mean I sit with my ill feelings and allow them to float up into my awareness. If I don’t have time right then and there, I sit down at a later date and review the ill feelings when I can. Usually before bed.

My point is that I always review my inner stress the day that it happens. And it doesn’t take long to do so and bring closer either. Read the rest of this entry »


The Seamless Flow of Truth

In Homework, Study Group on April 30, 2009 at 10:09 am

This is just a reminder to notice your current experience. And to participate in the moment. By noticing what is current – from your feelings to your comfort, you can respond appropriately to the current circumstance.

Begin noticing yourself in this moment. By doing so you are actually training yourself out of the bad habit of labeling your experinces, making up stories about what is going on and the other mental ‘hit-or-miss’ fiction we commonly indulge in. Read the rest of this entry »

Strategies for Securing Lasting Peace

In Homework, Study Group on April 25, 2009 at 11:45 am

Solitude. It’s one of those words which seems to dwell on the fringes of modern vocabulary. Little used in todays world, it is as though mere mention invokes its shrouded meaning, obscuring any inspection of the words true nature.

When asked to describe what ‘solitude’ means, people generally answer that it means ‘to be alone’ or ‘to be by myself’. And they will probably add ‘…being away from other people’ indicating that there is also a ‘distance element’ necessary to ignite the experience. In fact, we tend to believe that the element of distance is the primary cause of the tranquility we experience when we are ‘away from it all’. Read the rest of this entry »

The Art of Noticing

In Homework, Study Group on April 23, 2009 at 11:15 am

img_6870In this weeks study group, we discussed what I call ‘the art of noticing’. Now, this practice involves one deceptively simple thing – noticing your experiences. Your thinking, ‘what’s so hard about that?’ am I right?

Noticing is not as easy as it sounds. And is indeed an art form and something to practice – in fact it’s the ONLY practice we do in my classes! Noticing means that you become aware your experiences – from leaves falling from trees to the fact that the dishwater is a little too hot for your hands. Now the tricky part is to continue noticing and remain in a state of ‘open awareness’ – that means that your senses remain open to everything that is going on and therefore not limited to any one point of focus. Read the rest of this entry »

A Letter from Anthony

In Homework on April 4, 2009 at 10:11 pm

After posting “Where Do You Source Your Energy?”, I received an interesting reply. One that inspired me to reprint part of it here on the main page as well as my answer…

“… it’s surprising to me how many people act as though they’re separate from the laws of the universe & therefore become out of sync with the life force which we are all a part of. Ultimately, we abuse our bodies with bad diets, bad situations, bad tempers & so on, all of which are abuses of energy or life force & therefore largely unavailable to us in positive ways. No wonder so many of us get so worn out. So what are your thoughts?”

Anthony Read the rest of this entry »

What Inspires Your Thinking?

In Homework on April 3, 2009 at 9:07 am

Much of the time we use our thoughts to propel us, steer our lives and move us in new directions. But, when you step back and look at this, are we really moving in new directions or are we merely following the same old paths of the past? Read the rest of this entry »

Proactive Is My Middle Name

In Homework on March 26, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Your homework for this week is to be conscious of what you are really doing. ( Sure, we do a lot of things in our day, but what are we really doing underneath it all? )

.1. Choose one goal that you will commit to and work on for 7 days. It can be anything but try to make it something valuable to you. Read the rest of this entry »

Taking the Initiative for 7 Days…

In Homework, Study Group on March 18, 2009 at 10:23 pm

Okay, your homework for this week is to take 7 positive steps towards the life you wish to be living. What you have to do is simply do 1 proactive thing per day that represents a move toward leading and living a better life. Read the rest of this entry »

What Do You Regret?

In Homework on March 11, 2009 at 1:12 am

The homework for the week is to call to mind your regrets.

Q. 1. What are the things you have done that you now regret?

Q. 2. How do these regrets affect your current life? How have they shaped the course of your life? Read the rest of this entry »

The Road of Regret

In Cryptanthus, Homework, Study Group on March 11, 2009 at 1:05 am

Have you ever felt that life was better before? Do you believe that there was a point in time where you ‘missed your turn off’? It seems to be a human thing to experience – of missing out on a golden opportunity and then regretting it. Read the rest of this entry »