When I created the MindShift audio series I wanted to say that sometimes the shift can be so simple that it can ride in while closing your eyes and taking a breath.
All of a sudden you're not velcroed to all these things you're believing about the scary future and the negative imaginary future that people dwell on all day.
People are obsessed with their negative imaginary futures.
All day long.
And one of the many, many ways to shift back into the creative mode is to take a walk by the ocean. And the ocean can be anything, it can be a beautiful house plant in my apartment. It can be a wonderful picture on the wall. Take that in fully, completely, and let it ride in on some deep breaths and close your eyes and all those thoughts that held you captive can go away.
Whether you're picturing it or you're at the actual ocean taking a walk and just taking in the view completely, really being present with it and having it be the only thing and breathing it in and listening to the sounds, listening to the waves and BEING THERE because that breaks the pattern.
That breaks the hold that these negative beliefs have on you and it releases that creepy feeling that my negative beliefs are the truth about life, which, of course, they're not.
They're just negative beliefs.
So, when I slow down, I get out of my negative imaginary future.
I stop racing ahead into the future in my mind and I bring myself back to a relaxed, present moment big picture.
There's this old story of the shoe salesman who goes to a distant country, arrives there and sees that no one there wears shoes and he says, "Oh, no. I'm not going to make any sales on this trip. No one here wears shoes."
And another salesman goes to the same country, arrives and he sees that no one wears shoes and he says, "Oh, boy. I'm going to have a field day here, nobody has shoes yet!"
You can catch life by the handle or by the blade. When you are in your future you will always be catching it by the blade. Someone throws you a knife. You catch it. The second shoe sales person is the person who caught the knife by the handle. And the first guy caught the knife by the blade.
And the more you can slow down, life slows down and that knife that's headed toward you, the more it slows down, the easier it is to catch it by the handle.
And the more you race out ahead into your own future, your negative imaginary future, which people obsess about, the faster you're trying to solve problems that don't exist and that has you continuously catching the knife by the blade.
In other words, seeing nothing but "bad news" and putting all news into the filter of "bad news". "Oh, no, the economy is bad therefore I'm not going to make any money."
Well, really, a lot of people made their money by knowing what to do during the depression, knowing that there were new services that needed to be provided and new things that needed to be done and they didn't just automatically quit and give up and declare that something's "bad."
And that is the whole point of slowing down and catching life by the handle.
My friend Francesco Barbera is presenting some very interesting talks and if you live in California you will want to attend:
“Light up the fire of love inside, and blaze the thoughts away."
A Three Week Interactive Journey To Creating Heart-Centered Work
Many of us on the spiritual path long to do work that expresses the core of who we are. Yet we feel stymied by indecision, confusion, or practical limitations. In these three interactive sessions, we’ll explore practical approaches for moving past confusion and stuckness towards a professional life that is pure expression of Spirit – a manifestation of the Fire Within.
Session 1: Meaning and Purpose
Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 7 p.m.
Session 2: Overcoming Confusion, Indecision, and Discouragement
Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 7 p.m.
Session 3: Success, Motivation and Mastery
Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 7 p.m.
Topics addressed will include:
* Discovering meaning and purpose
* Overcoming confusion and indecision
* Navigating mid-career transitions
* What to do when you don’t know what to do
* Transforming our relationship to money
* Goals, mastery, and achievement
Each session: $10, no RSVP required Seating is limited. Click here to purchase an advance ticket: http://bit.ly/IGBZW7
Presented by Francesco Barbera
Francesco is a Harvard-trained business attorney with a master’s degree in spiritual psychology. His work as an attorney, coach and teacher is to assist professionals, entrepreneurs and business-owners in creating fulfilling and successful careers and businesses.