“What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
– NAPOLEON HILL
Hello Spiritual Warriors!! We’re one week into 2014! How does it feel so far? The same? New? Amazing? Filled with infinite possibilities or just the same old-same old?
Probably very little outside of you has changed in this first week other than when you write a date – 2014 instead of 2013. But what existed in your life last week is most likely still here – the people, the situations, the circumstances.
So how do we make the SUBTLE shift that moves us from where we were to where we want to be? A powerful tool is to embrace the concept of a sieve.
If you’re not familiar with the term, here’s the definition:
noun: sieve; plural noun: sieves
a utensil consisting of a wire or plastic mesh held in a frame, used for straining solids from liquids, for separating coarser from finer particles, or for reducing soft solids to a pulp.
We are bombarded with 60,000 – 80,000 thoughts each day – most of them the same thoughts we had yesterday. The swirl comes at us relentlessly pushing us and pulling us in hundreds of directions. The shiny objects around us can easily distract us and shift us off course.
But if we recognize that in every moment we are an energetic sieve – then we can allow what is not relevant, important, nourishing, constructive, or strengthening to move right past us. Without any other effort, that which has relevance, is nourishing, and adds value will remain…just like process of straining solids from liquids or coarser from finer particles. Remember…the strainer does no extra work. Simply by it’s construction, it performs its dharma – its purpose of holding onto relevant pieces and allowing everything else to pass through it.
In the beautiful Chinese martial art of tai chi – one is taught to flow with the life force of the universe. You never oppose an attacker’s force; you step aside and permit the attacker’s energy to pass. As he and his energy move past you, you then give them a gentle nudge to accelerate them in that direction.
We can apply this to all the things in our life that we normally pay attention to but don’t serve us. An Ayurvedic way of looking at this process, is to use our dosha and an affirmation. If you are a vata – prone to allowing shiny objects to distract you, then use the affirmation “I am an energetic sieve. I give myself permission to release this shiny object.” This will allow all the distractions to move past you and be on their way. You can remain unconcerned. If you are a pitta – who finds it so important to seize and analyze everything that comes into your awareness, then use this affirmation “I see this as a distraction from my mission. Let it go and stay focused.” This will allow you to have a say in the process and even take credit for releasing what doesn’t serve you, as you keep moving forward. And if you are a kapha – who needs to let everything accumulate before you make a decision, use the affirmation “I am light. Less is more. I do not hoard.”
Whatever method you choose, remember to be gentle with yourself and flow with the energy of the universe. What sticks to you, engage…what doesn’t, release. Join me today on Hay House Radio and we will explore this even more deeply.
If you are in the Sacramento area, join me this Saturday, January 11th at The Spiritual Center for Positive Living for an all day meditation immersion.
And don’t forget to sign up for Start The New You Now where Wayne Dyer, Kris Carr, Marianne Williamson, me & so many great teachers will help you launch into the year! Keep it real and keep meditating.
I’ll see you in the gap! Peace. -davidji