This weekend I learned that for magicians, if they had to choose between audiences of adults or kids for who would be most easily and quickly fooled…..
…it would be adults.
The kids, apparently, are super curious, trying to figure out the trick, and able to think more outside the box.
Wouldn’t it be great to have this approach when it comes to understanding stress, pain, and conflict in your life?I had a smile come across my face as I realized….
….that’s what self-inquiry and The Work offer.
A way to become curious about your problems, to study them with an open mind that knows there’s some other way to see this….
….you just don’t know what it is, yet.
When you have something deeply disturbing you….
….who would you be without the belief you have to figure it out, that this is serious, or that having no answer is frustrating, or terribly depressing?
What if you could trust, just a tad, that everything will be revealed at the right moment, in the right way, for your greatest peace, or enjoyment, or clarity?
I notice when I consider this question….
….I breath very deeply and pause.
Something within relaxes.
Maybe even becomes curious.
Without your stressful story….who, or what, would you be?
Now your soul has come to take you back.
Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through.
Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free.
Imitate the habit of twilight,
Taking time to open the well of color
That fostered the brightness of day.
Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.
Be excessively gentle with yourself.”
~ John O’Donohue
Could you be curious about your dilemma, like you are watching a magic show?
What is your stressful thought, the one you’re thinking over and over again?
Take it through inquiry.
A beautiful way to be gentle with yourself.
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