I challenge you to a practice.
This practice entails seeing firsthand, on a small scale, how are our thoughts change our life. Make a list of how you wish to feel in your emotions, then practice living them one at a time, each day embodying and approaching each experience of that day fully connected to that feeling and emotion. Notice how that embodiment changes your perception of what the day is bringing you. Notice how your perspective shifts on what kind of day you are having. And furthermore, notice how you project these thoughts, feelings and perceptions on the situations and people around you and how they influence the decisions you make and the actions you take. For more details about this practice, be sure to read all of the way through!!
For example, the other day I set my intention on adventure. I often only tended to think of adventure as my vacations or trips or special planned activities. As part of my intention statement, "I intend to feel adventure on a daily and weekly basis", so I chose to notice all the adventure throughout the day. Not only did I realize that everything in my day could be viewed at an adventure, but furthermore, by having adventure as my intention, I noticed how it influenced the choices I made and the actions I took. How they would have differed if, say, consistency, or vulnerability was my intention for the day.
“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” ~ Lao Tzu
Perception: The ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses. The state of being or process of becoming aware of something through the senses.
Perspective: A particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.
Projection: An estimate or forecast of a future situation or trend based on a study of present ones.
We take information in through our five senses all day long and most of the processing goes unnoticed and our subconscious mind is doing all the work behind the scenes. So much of the things that catch our attention are nothing more than the thoughts, feelings, and experiences that we have been exposed in our past, and thanks to our RAS, which functions as a filter to block out unnecessary "noise" or information that can interfere with the processing of messages, it is drawing our attention to a very bias understanding of the situations around us.
I believe freedom begins when we can notice and understand this process and not only rebel against it but use it to our advantage! I spend an hour or sometimes two, in the morning, nurturing my state of being. Being sure to fill my RAS with thoughts, feelings, and "experiences" (remember that our mind doesn't actually know the difference between something that ACTUALLY happened and something we play our in our right brain and attach strong physical feelings and emotions to it!) that actually create an intentional perspective on life.
Growth is not the absorption and digestion of information, it is the result of the information put into action! When I set the stage with my daily intention statement for how I plan to move throughout the day, be it, finding something loveable about everyone I interact with, a sense of freedom or blissful contentment, I am the writer of my story and I love to watch how the day unfolds as I project and share my perception and perspective with all of those that I encounter throughout the day.
What if the life you wanted and the feelings you deeply desire to experience were only a decision away? What if today, you decided to start living the life of your dreams? How does that feel in your heart just thinking about it? What are the five primary feelings you would like to feel through the course of the week? Do you even know? Have you even allowed yourself to connect to what is it you want to squeeze out of each day? What if, even when the external patterns of the previously woven life you created tried to keep you the same, you rebelled against your past life and you loved yourself enough to keep going, holding faith that in time, your external world will shift?
I invite you into a practice of perception, perspective, and projection. Spend one day, just noticing, not judging, or trying to change. Simply noticing, and allowing patterns of behaviors to surface. Maybe keep notes of all the situations you are approached with and how you perceive what happened, where that perspective could have come from and how it influenced you actions or projection. Then, for the next three days, choose a feeling or state of being you would like to experience and practice conjuring that feeling as many times throughout the day as you can. Take note of how it affects your choices which then in turn, alter your perception and perspective of the moment. Let me know how you enjoy this experiment. I like to make this a regular practice to keep me honest with myself, where I am and where I see myself going.
All of your deepest desires are waiting patiently for you to align with them. You are more powerful than you know!
All the love,