As a mama without a lot of extra time on her hands, my bookworm days have trickled to nothing. However, I have found an excellent solution with Audible.com and love listening to audiobooks on my drive to hot yoga. I always keep a good pair of noise reducing headphones in my purse, and whenever there is an opportunity, I get a chance to listen. Quick caveat – noise-reducing headphones mean I don’t hear the sound of my two-year-old screaming because she busted her toe, so make sure the little lovelies are being cared for when you completely tune out.
Back to the book: my most recent read was a powerful book by Carolyn Myss called “Advanced Energy Anatomy: The Science of Co-Creation and Your Power of Choice.” And in it, she said something that I had to stop and listen to over and over:
When we have scary things happen – like finding out you or someone you love has cancer – it can turn our world upside down. On top of that, we have the day-to-day drama that we spend all our energy on. We freak out at the “emergencies”, and we focus our energy on the outward presentation. We struggle through chaos and try to frame our approach by looking at the outside (what others are going to see) vs. truly looking inward.
It’s quick to live our lives backwards, moving forward only by reaction instead of being proactive. We answer the phone, we respond to emails, we have to read that text, FB post, twitter alert right away. We have to reply and give feedback right now. Gossip abounds as people focus energies not on what positive actions they are going to do in their own lives, but on who did what in their lives – their friends, leaders, celebrities. And for the record, those “no drama” people that are just sports fanatics….that is your own gossip column. Sports are the soap operas of macho men – you are not exempt.
What energy do you spend on reacting to life? How much does the “matter” – the reality that is all around you – how much does that dictate the energy of your day?
What energy are you creating into matter in your life?