#transformation

Sowing the Seeds of Possibility

I am an eternal optimist.

Despite the challenges, the horrible acts of mankind, the hatred, the storms of deception, and the rampant, pervasive, growing maelstrom of anger – I hold every day, that there is hope for our humanity. I believe there is a possibility for transformation and growth. I have faith that we can each evolve into wiser, more compassionate human beings.  Less reactive, able to not only speak our own truth but hear the truth of others.  More proactive in stepping out and speaking out peacefully, and with an open heart, when we see and experience wrongdoing to our fellow human being no matter the religious belief, political ideology, or color of skin.  Each of us able to take greater self-responsibility, not just with words but through our actions.

With these thoughts in mind, I wanted to share with all of you the following words from Robert Wright’s book Why Buddhism Is True.  I needed these words this week as my heart sunk with the horrific death of George Floyd and the resulting looting and tearing apart of a city washed with anger and hatred.  All I could think of, “is oh my – where are headed?” I felt a deep fear for humanity.  And so, Robert Wright’s words brought me back to some sense of solace and hope.

Back to believing that transformation is possible and that even one individual’s path creates a ripple of change in the world.

Robert Wright shares the following thoughts on our world today and our path forward.

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Intention. Purpose. Trust.

I was listening to a podcast the other day with Dr. Dan Siegel, a scientist, doctor, and psychiatrist who is a neuroscience and mindfulness geek.  I was taken aback when, during a brain-science talk, he began to speak about the power of intention.  Intention and brain-science?

I was completely intrigued.

I did some research and here, in his book Aware, The Science and Practice of Presence, Dr. Siegel writes:

“How intention glows, determines where attention goes, neural firing flows, and neural and interpersonal connection grow.  Your intention sets the direction of attention and connection.  When we set an intention in awareness with initial purposeful effort, we influence what will also become intention even outside of our awareness. This creates a state of mind that can be present without our conscious effort. This is how a repeated, purposefully create state of mind during a practice becomes an automatic trait in our lives.”

What happens we set our Intention?

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Are You Ready to Put Your Baggage Down?

Most of us have accumulated some emotional baggage. It may appear in the form of anger, shame, guilt, judgement or a variety of other “dark” emotions that weigh us down, prevent us from moving forward or cultivating a sense of well-being.  The weight of past trauma, choices made we later regret, words never said to a loved one who has passed, the secrets of our childhood that still cause us pain, addiction, abuse, a relationship we never healed – these are heavy burdens.

The Weight

Carrying this heavy emotional baggage around can create a barrier to making healthy lifestyle choices, can interfere with our significant relationships, keep us stuck in old habit patterns and interfere with achieving our professional goals and personal desires.  Holding on to this emotional burden has a direct and lasting impact on our well-being and how we show up in our jobs, in our relationships and with our families.

We may try to shove these “dark” and heavy emotional memories and wounds to the back of the closet believing that when they are buried and out of sight they are no longer impacting our lives.

Unfortunately, this is not the case.

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