Tuesday, July 20, 2010
The Magic Of The Shift
Sometimes our head is more like a car than a television set. Many times we will find that we are thinking negative thoughts and we can change them fairly easily. We can change the mode in which we are thinking and that will break the pattern. That is, if we are visualizing disaster we can sing or recite a poem to switch from visual to aural. Or if we are running a negative litany we can look upwards and shift from aural to visual. But there are times when the mood is on us a little more strongly. Then we have to go from the negative space to a quiet place before we can go to the positive place, just like depressing the clutch in order to shift when we are driving a car with a manual transmission. To go to that quiet place we have to center and get in the moment. Use your senses to do this. Go through a check list of your senses, reporting to yourself what information each sense is giving you. Note what you see, what you hear, what movement you feel or are involved in, the temperature of the air on your skin, whether you are hungry or not and so on. Going to this quiet place will break the hold of the negative mood and you will then be able to make decisions to be hopeful or to engage in some purposeful action. The magic that surrounds you will help you feel, hear, and see what is around you in the immediate moment. That will put you back in control of your life and not at the mercy of your moods. May the spark be with you.