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Deep down, most people have dreams - they may be forgotten, unspoken, or unrealized - but they are there. I want to help you remember and believe in them again...

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Step 2. Allow for Introspection...

You've challenged yourself to find just 90 seconds in your day to be silent... time to quiet your mind - those racing thoughts, the voices of "I can't" or "You should" or "I need to" - for a few heart beats.

You did it!

Now ask yourself:  "Was that really THAT hard?"  For some who've never allowed themselves even a moment of peace - probably.  If that's you, you've made a HUGE leap!  Feel good and savor that victory!  Keep going.  Day in and day out until that 90 seconds becomes second nature... a habit.

For those of you who had no problem finding that time, consider that there are untold numbers of books and philosophies out there that say something to the effect of 'people who take anywhere from a minute or more to 10 minutes a day for quiet - whether that's meditation or simple silence are HAPPIER.'


So now you've started the process.  You are allowing your 90 seconds - consider challenging yourself to increase that "quiet time" over time...

Why?  To create the space for your mind to be at rest - peaceful - silent.  It's allowing your brain to exercise differently.

As you are retraining your brain through this process, once you've mastered your QUIET - it's time for Step 2.  Allow for thought.  THINKINGNot random, jumbled, fleeting thoughts - no.  Focused introspection.

Focused introspection asks ONE question.  

It's a little like playing charades or pictionary... because you have to sort through the clutter that may come to get to the answer.  YOUR answer.

So what's the question, you wonder?  

Very simply:  
What do YOU want?

What do you WANT?
WHAT do you want?

Depending on how you say and hear the question, your thoughtful response may vary.  Nonetheless, you first have to find the time and create the space with your quiet time to even be able to HEAR the Question - let alone your honest answer.

So maintain at a minimum, your 90 seconds of quiet.  Then, once you've achieved that time, take a deep breath, release it slowly exhaling and ask yourself THE question.

That's right - JUST ask the question and keep breathing:  Deep inhale and exhale out. 

That's it.

Now rinse and repeat!  :)  just kidding... (on the rinse part).  

Repeat the question and the subsequent breathing at least three to five times.  For those of you who closed your eyes during this breathing/question process - upon the last question and exhale - open your eyes.

End Step 2.



Anonymous said...

I haven't gotten an answer to my question of what I want. I've always known what I want, and I'm able to obtain what I want with little effort. However now I'm kind of lost... Do I just need to practice more to get an answer? Or perhaps I don't really want something? - What do you think?

-Thanks for your time

Angela said...

:) I think you're rushing it.

If you've always known and gotten what you want with little effort, then WOW! Congratulations!

Chances are though there may be deeper things in your heart of hearts that you want but can't even imagine yet...

Just breathe and then think... stop there; and practice that by itself.

Anonymous said...

I know that there is something profound and noble I need to do... so I can feel complete in my heart. Yet, I don't know what it is.

Thank you! :)