Thursday, February 21, 2008

Morning Zen

Do the next right thing. What is next. What needs to be completed. What steps next to move forward. I think it was the illusion of movement. Being stuck on high center and yet feeling like progress was being made. The engine was running but really no progress was being made. No backward either tho so comfort can be taken there. Comfort. That was a key. Why change out of comfort. Why do anything different. Action came from discomfort. the paradox to drive us. And so it is.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

there was a long dissertation....I didn't fill in the letters...tried to go back and it wouldn't let me...all right....

what is next.....
what is the next right thing...

in what area of life ( all perceived in the mind ).....

this will be shorter than the last...fortunate for the reader....

the first is to make a list of all the areas of your life....WRITE IT DOWN..NO NOT HERE....HAVE A JOURNAL... you can share what is relevant and what you decide needs to be shared to the public....

so first what areas....family, vocation, relationships, well being, areas of interest ( fun ),
financial, and so forth....then
decide if there are areas needing attention. If so, what and how important they are ( yes this is an old book which may be in your menagerie)...."The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey....it is helpful to use the quadrant concept, the circles concepts and so forth. There are other similar books with similar perspectives....
Then deciding which are most important and how to deal with the issues.....lists...write it down..those seemingly great ideas that you thought of while driving... blowing glass...whenever....write them down in a small notebook...

Concept.......the tortoise on a rock...or worse yet on its back....
many of us spend a great part of our lives in this position.....
not just with the engine running, but in shear panic of how we are going to get "righted" or off the rock....

the comfort zone....and discomfort zones probably are motivational...they may be emotional but fill with little logic in many instances.....

"The Success Principles" again...

another golden oldie by Elain St James ( 1994 ) "Simplify Your Life"...and others in her series....this one has 100 ways to slow down and enjoy things that really matter.....

in analysis...one may find that he has the right things already in line and is "enjoying them" without full appreciation because there is too much....way too much clutter in the lives of most of us...societal clutter, relationship clutter, guilt clutter, "what if I had" clutter.....
don't turn around and look back....
glance in the rear view mirror now and then but don't stare....for one may crash as a result of staring into the past...just a glance is usually enought....

so, what else is left out....
"MInd Training" by Ringu Tulku..a newer pub (2007 ) on the shelves at
Border's...

sort and decide, choose, evaluate,
decide action if any, focus......
do.....

jj

m said...

I think clutter is a key word here. I think we are groomed to have it. We get confused when life is simple because we are not cnditioned for it. As for center, is there a difference between high center and dead center? Sounds familiar...and what about comfort? are you confusing it with contentment? I believe there is a difference

Anonymous said...

I have posted to the last comment twice...I will see if this works...the problem is I lose the
comment when I try to post it and cannot recover it.....make for
frustration...none contentment but not pain....
jj