Here’s what we explored:
- notice what habitually clutters your headspace, eg worry
- notice what else you gather or hoard in your life or business, eg courses
- holding on to clutter in the mind or in our space often comes from a sense of scarcity
- we often hold on to things because we have a sense they may be needed one day
- is the clutter a deluded way we try to keep ourselves safe?
- putting good ideas out for recycling
- making a parking space for good ideas
- overwhelm and stress often makes clear decision making difficult, our brains get very dramatic
- we have periods of indecision and uncertainty and then decisions do get made
- there is an ebb and flow in our experience: clarity amid the clutter then back in the clutter
- giving ourselves permission to go with that ebb and flow, get comfortable with it
- often clarity comes on the flip side of things falling apart, of loss
- releasing and surrendering to what is, often opens a beautiful space of clarity where there’s nothing on our mind
- finding laughter, softening towards the antics of our dramatic brains and our ridiculousness opens up space
- seriousness is a red flag, catching it in ourselves often lightens the mood
- ask yourself, ‘if I was light-hearted in this situation, in what way would that be unhelpful?’
- we experience the world not as it is, but via our perceptions
- we don’t need to change the stories, seeing our stories about ourselves, others and the world is often enough for them to start to lose their grip
- you begin to get a space for something that isn’t a better story but is beyond or before the stories
- tools and techniques without understanding are just a distraction
- with understanding, you need fewer and fewer tools and techniques
- insight is what helps deepen understanding
- when we are very results-focused, we are imagining what it would mean to achieve the results, but how can we know what the experience would actually be like?
- notice how many inventive and creative ways we imagine will bring us relief, wellbeing, peace of mind, and security
- once we identify ourselves with things outside ourselves eg money, relationships, physical health, material things, we suffer
- as get less and less on our minds, life gets simpler and simpler
- when we feel flat, paradoxically, our mind’s are very busy (even if we are not aware)
- in a busy mind, we tend to try to control everything
- as you connect more and more with who you fundamentally are, more and more drops off your mind and our innate wisdom bubbles up more and more
- often when we think there’s a big problem with no solution, it is because our mind is ramped up and we’ve lost sight of our own wisdom and clarity
- wisdom comes in all shapes and sizes
- as you get eyes and ears for wisdom you see it in others and yourself more and more
- when we try to fix ourselves and others it is disempowering and means we lose sight of wisdom
- there is a beautiful freedom when the clutter and trying to control falls away
Quotes and References
- Film: What we did on our holiday (2014), Rosamund Pike, Billy Connolly and David Tenant
- Jamie Smart says you only have two problems: you have too much on your mind and you don’t really know who you are.
- The deeper you listen, the smarter people get
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