Tuesday, June 16, 2009
The mind is a “Control Freak”, which attempts to govern and resist forces and events, which cannot be controlled. You become upset when it rains, the economy dumps, your team losses, your plans were forced to change, there is a traffic jam, the line is long, someone cut you off, and many other reasons to numerous to include. Don’t try to control or resist “what is”, instead surrender and accept what is and find the joy of simply being present. Step outside yourself and view the situation from a larger perspective. Find the positive elements within, make “lemonade out of lemons.” Notice how nature is unaffected by our mental garbage. The birds still fly, the grass still grows, flowers bloom, the sun rises and sets, etc.
The universe is large enough to absorb and dissolve all of your problems. Take a moment and just close your eyes. Breathe deeply and let out a soothing sigh of relief. Now, with your eyes closed look at the darkness behind your eyelids. Move your awareness into this endless void somewhat like swimming under water. Notice that it does not matter which direction you move your awareness, the darkness is infinite. Dissolve, release and surrender all of your problems into this endless void. Simply let them go. Take in another deep breath, hold it in for a moment and release one more time with a soothing sigh of relief. Open your eyes and focus on the palm of your hand. Try to feel it, sense the pulse of your beating heart in your hand. Look at the detailed line patterns and fingerprints. Notice that when you became present, your mind ceased with its annoying chatter.
If the so called problem is more than just a annoying nuisance, then the next step would be to change your perspective, which is completely under your control. Transform your “problem” into a “project”. When you view it as a problem, you are putting up barriers to the flow of life and resistance to what is. When you view it as a project, you become present in the moment. “When you have a PROJECT it comes with defining the Vision, setting goals, assigning tasks, gathering resources and learning whatever is necessary for the completion of the project as well as all of the
knowledge gathered along the way to completion.”-Larry Short. A simple change of perspective can dramatically transform your reality.
Opportunity is nowhere
Opportunity is Now Here
When problems arise, the only thing that requires a change is your perspective. Transforming your view to that of a project immediately allows you to become decisive now. It removes the illusion that you are a helpless “victim” and places you in a position of power, choice and control. You will also find that many so called projects are just meaningless annoyances that don’t even deserve your time or attention and you can simply let them fade away, being consumed into the fast approaching past.
“In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.”- Buddha. Look at a globe and tell me which direction is up!
Sifu Dan Ferrera is the senior Qigong instructor and sole proprietor of the Michigan Institute of Qigong Healing & Wellness, LLC headquartered at the World Class Institute of Martial Arts in Livonia Michigan. Email: LivoniaQigong@Yahoo.com Website: http://www.worldclassima.com/qigong.htm