The Taoist view the universe as the same as, or inseparable from, themselves so that Lao-tzu could say, ‘Without leaving my house, I know the whole universe.’ This implies that the art of life is more like navigation than warfare, for what is important is to understand the winds, the tides, the currents, the seasons, and the principles of growth and decay, so that one’s actions may use them and not fight them. ~Alan Watts
Have you ever noticed when we don’t want something in our lives, our focus is intensified in exactly what we don’t want?
I went for a walk yesterday and I was unusually tired. I had a complete party in my head conptemplating why I was tired. What did I eat to make me so tired. Is it hotter than I expected and that made me tired? The grass is taller and I have to work a little harder to move my feet, yes, that is why I am more tired. No, I think it could be I didn’t sleep as well as I thought….on and on. Every conceivable idea popped into my head until I finally realized, I had done nothing for the past 45 minutes but give ALL of my power to a little fatigue, exactly what I DIDN’T want. Once realized where my attention was placed, I changed it to “I have so much energy I could walk 2 hours if I so choose. I have the energy to go to an early yoga class and then some pilates. I have more than enough to clean out the cupboards that I have put off for so long.” Amazingly, I DID have more energy and I felt great.
We have heard this so often that our energy flows where our attention goes. Let’s see what changes we can really make in one week with our focused attention. We can do it as an experiment. How cool, an experiment to change our lives for what we want!!! I’M IN!!
Si Yuan (When your drink water, think of it’s source),