Happy Friday! I’m excited to introduce my guest blogger for today: Jeanne Loehnis of Songs for Your Spirit, Life Coaching for Your Inward Journey: http://songsforyourspirit.com/. Jeanne is author of What’s Alive in Me Now?, transformational, inward journey life coach, singer/songwriter, and workshop facilitator. I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with her for 3+ years (and knowing her my entire life!); Jeanne’s presence and support have profoundly impacted my life.
With this week’s theme in mind — Life can be a hot mess — I remembered an article Jeanne recently posted about when life hits (and it so can!). Jeanne has graciously agreed to let me share it here on Skip the Box. So, without further ado, here are some thoughts for your Friday. :)
Open Your Mind… By Jeanne Loehnis
Spiritual teacher, Adyashanti, speaks about opening your mind so it is vast enough to include anything. In this way, we aren’t knocked off balance when “life hits”. Think about it:
-When our mind wants things a certain way
-When we operate under a strict set of rules for right and wrong
-When “a good day” must include: a great night’s sleep, the kids getting themselves up and ready without a fight, gas in the tank, colleagues at work in a good mood, etc…
Then, when anything goes awry, we are likely to get upset, lose our serenity, lash out. Imagine instead your mind so vast that you include it all – the kids being kids, the colleagues in a rough spot, the gas tank on empty because someone else didn’t fill it. Nothing that happens can be so large that it disrupts your inner peace, balance, sanity. When “it” happens, you say, “Oh, this too. Okay.”
Try it. Try practicing “this too” whenever something unforeseen shows up today. Maybe even try letting go of your definition of a “good” day or a ” bad” day. Just this day. Just this task. Just this.
What fits when your mind is wide open?
When life is a hot mess, what happens when your mind opens wide (or even just a tad)? We’d love to hear in the comments below.