Motivation, Can we feel it? Learn it, Do it? Live it?
Giving up is easy, living with the outcome, not so much. The moral of the story, get knocked down, get back up, get back in the game, don't give up, persevere, Try again, Give it your best shot. Dream the dream but do something each day toward the goal, one step forward beats two days of nothing. The couch is not your friend, good friends urge you on, go for the joy of the effort, let the happiness of your success mellow into the joy of the journey. Life is not always kind so be kind when you can. You can and will be overwhelmed at times, there are no promises, he who dies with the most marbles is not declared the winner except by the relatives who gather up what has not been spent.
Mental health, Spiritual health and Physical health are joined in the mind. Learning to let go, to not mind what happens, to face each moment as it is and not as we wish it was or wasn’t. To nurture our kindness, our imagination and our creativity. To be mindful in all we do, exercise, play, think, work, help when and where we can. To resist is to deny the moment, To see it as it is is to accept the moment and thus our response will reflect what is and not what we wished was or was not. Resistance fosters anger and sadness which creates an atmosphere of being a victim. Victims do not own their own world, they are at the mercy of others, this can spiral out of control and make you miserable.
Today’s Politics illustrates verbal combat at it’s worst. Just listening to the lying, name calling, character assasination outright misrepresentation of the facts, falsely accusing, and just plain old meanness is enough get one’s anger at the injustice of it all close to the boiling point. Is this an example of the toxic atmosphere that can disturb even the sanest of the sane? Yes! What can stop it? The election on Nov 3rd? No. There will be a continuation after the election because of the mail in ballots, this is a given. And this is what we are faced with, it is our reality. Do we react or do we respond? Do we apply the techniques in this website? Do we invoke the observer to bear witness to our own behavior? Is this an opportunity to let go and deal with what is? Of course.
Motivation allows us to set ourselves into motion, to act on what we have decided is important to us. There is no right or wrong to this process. There is only the driving energy that comes from our current lifetime of experiences and how we reacted (or responded) to them. This is our identity, our sense of self. This is who we are. Is it a lie? Are we creating our own reality from all of our experiences and our interpretation of them? Yes and no. It is something we had to do to fulfill our biological destiny. But, if we live long enough, we will let go of the old and begin the process of adopting the new. Really? Yes!
I am sure you are asking yourself what is this new?
It is a different mindset, a different relationship with creation, and a different way of relating to your biological self. Your old identity, your old self.
Up until this transformation begins your decisions, your behavior, your immediate interpretation of your experiences have been over-shadowed by the needs of your ego driven identity. These needs were and are powerful. The difference is your old self now informs but does not consume. Participates but does not run the show.
How is this possible?
Two changes: Awareness of the ego’s early response to the moment and the shift to a new mindset. You will not mind what happens. This is acceptance and the ability to respond to the reality of the moment without hindrance. Meaning, fear, anger, anxiety, emotional history, projection, etc.
How powerful is the old self? Our most primitive drive, our most powerful influence on our state of mind, what influences most in any situation is our attachment to who we believe we are, our ego, our identity. Sometimes we are the hero in our own story, sometimes we fall short but no matter how any experience turns out we will spin the outcome in our favor so that it matches who we think we are. I did a, b. c. It was not my fault. She/he pushed me. Basically it is the little child pointing the finger and never owning up to who spilled the glass of milk. With this guide in our lives blame always comes before ownership. Unless of course it is a good outcome where we race to take credit.
All of this is obvious. You can function quite well in any society with your ego intact. You can be kind and compassionate, fearless, protect your friends and family, and be successful (however you define that for yourself). So what is this transformation thing and why is it important. It is important when things don’t go right, it is important when life gets overwhelming, it is important because we all arrive at a certain point in life when nothing fits, works out right, life is just too confusing, and all my escape behavior seems to be working against me.
When I was younger and brushing up on my enlightenment credentials I would get frustrated by the following “a student asked the monk what he did before enlightenment? Chop wood and carry water. Well what did you do after enlightenment? Chop wood and carry water.”
Frustrating. If there is no difference, why bother. Find the difference, a simple task but of great importance.