“To know yourself as the Being underneath the thinker, the stillness underneath the mental noise, the love and joy underneath the pain, is freedom, salvation, enlightenment.”
– Eckhart Tolle
Welcome Spiritual Warriors to week 2 in our continuing exploration of Setting Your Course for 2014!
First Impressions. They set the tone for how we think, feel, and move forward with situations, circumstances, and relationships. The earliest seeds of these initial impressions are called fractals and they are the foundation for how the next moment will unfold while setting the stage for how the longer-term aspects of a relationship or scenario will evolve.
Yet, so often we find ourselves being stunned when a friend, lover, boss, colleague, teacher, mentor, or loved one acts in a way “we didn’t see coming.” Or, perhaps a situation starts to unfold in a way that shocks or surprises us.
If we could turn back the clock to the fractal of that interaction or that decision — we’d see there were signs…there were clues…there was evidence we ignored because we were acting out of infatuation, emotion, reactivity, or a conditioned behavior.
The fractal holds the key.
These are the moments that are critical to us living life with less melodrama, less pain, less confusion, greater clarity, and greater fulfillment.
So how do we glean more from our fractals?
We meditate. We spend more time in stillness and silence, which helps us activate our attention in the moment and awakens our innate ability to flow with greater patience, greater awareness, and greater understanding.
We have a few moments of potential clarity right before we make a decision to ask ourselves a few questions.
• First ask, “What need is being fulfilled by me taking this step?”
• Then ask, “What need WILL NOT be fulfilled by me taking this step?”
• Then ask, “Even though I am going to move ahead, what compromise am I making right now?”
• Then ask, “What am I not seeing in this moment?”
If we choose to be even more patient with our choice-making process, we can take it one step further. In the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, when discussing the Law of Karma or Cause & Effect, Deepak Chopra insightfully guides us to ask the question, “Will this choice that I am about to make bring fulfillment and happiness to me and also to those who are affected by this choice?”
Even this blog post has its fractal in Chapter 2, Verse 48 of the Bhagavad Gita, when Krishna says to Arjuna, “Yogastha kuru karmani – which can be translated as, “Establish yourself in one-ness (in the present moment), and then perform action.” Coming from a place of stillness, we will see the fractals in our life, choose more wisely, more nourishingly, and see the bigger picture. We will be happier with our choices, make more conscious decisions, and have fewer surprises of our own making. This will allow our lives to flow with greater grace and greater ease.
Join me today on Hay House Radio and we will dive deeper into our fractals!!
Keep meditating!!! I’ll see you in the gap! Peace. -davidji