A funny thing

It turns out we are rather good at that thing we’ve wanted to do but our mind has sabotaged us from trying it.

What happened? We decided to do it…1,2,3…let’s go. We braved it, we stepped out of our mind, we allowed the fear to be the guide instead of the inhibitor.

The things we fear are the things that matter and the more we fear the more they matter. Why? Because our mind is programmed to protect the self-image the same as our limbic system is designed to protect the physical us. So if a bus is hurtling towards us we react instantly thanks to our limbic brains.

The mind lives in the past or the future, constantly fueling the self-image and projecting forward looking for salvation or more of the same. So when we try to do something, the mind creates worry, anxiety, fear through future projections of what will happen if we try. The mind does not want anything to happen to the self-image so the future projections are usually gloomy.

The moment we step away from our thinking and just do, focusing on that thing and that thing alone, deep focus, then the mind is silent and disarmed. What happens then is we learn, get even better and realise the fear/worry/anxiety etc wasn’t real.

We realise that the thing we’ve wanted to do, we can and we can do it and enjoy doing it.

Stay away from the mind and a funny thing will happen, we’ll fear things less.

You’ll never plough a field…

You’ll never plough a field by turning it over in your mind.

The less time we spend in our minds imagining outcomes that will never happen and the more time we spend now, in this moment, doing the things that bring us joy, the more purposeful and gratifying our lives will be.

Joy comes from living our lives now outside of our mind.

I wish us all a joyful 2019 where we all make our own difference to the world in our own unique way.