Good morning! Yesterday we learned that despite our best efforts, sometimes we find ourselves stuck in a situation that just seems to perpetuate itself and we just can't break free from it.
Today we'll learn what this stuckness is, why we get stuck, and what we can do about it.
Do you ever find yourself repeating the same actions, words, opinions and phrases over and over again? Well, that's your stuckness speaking! When you find yourself in that "automatic" mode where you're just blindly repeating programmed and learned behaviour, stop yourself. Just become quiet for a moment and realize and reflect on what you just said or did. These are the moments that we learn how much of our thinking and doing is actually done subconsciously.
Your subconscious mind is like a tape recorder. It's been recording all that has gone on around you since the day you were born. It's the reason we become like the people we hang around with the most. So when your not actually consciously thinking or working on something, your subconscious mind takes over and starts replaying the tape. Replaying all the sayings, opinions, phrases, jokes, and actions that it has heard others do.
As you've undoubtedly just realized, this may not be a good thing!
So who is actually saying and doing these things? Is it the real me? Is this the person I wish for people to see? Becoming unstuck frequently means getting in touch with your real self in the "Now" moment. This means allowing yourself to connect with the creative energy that always flows within you and then it's almost like "magic" you'll begin to experience the great potential we all have for change in ways you just can't even imagine. As you open up to this powerful vibration of infinite possibilities, life just seems to open up wider and deeper, with more wonder and beauty. The present moment is never "stuck." This is where we make the choices that actually matter, and it's this present moment, the "now" moment, that can shift us and get us unstuck.
When we become distracted, new solutions for problems can't be found. We are not in our calm centered place, the present moment, that the world's meditation practices teach us. These teachings teach us how to identify when we feel calm and centered, but you can recreate the same state of awareness anytime you want.
Anytime you realize you're not centered in the present moment, take a moment to reset yourself and do the following:
Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths,
When you feel settled, open your eyes.
The next thing you see, is in the "now," and nowhere else. Even if what you see causes a reaction, before you react, simply remain in contact with the present moment. You are now "unstuck" The challenge is that going back to being "stuck" can happen very quickly. When old thoughts and stubborn conditioning returns, so does the stuckness.
A good way to be aware of this happening is to notice when you repeat yourself. If you repeat the same words, opinions, likes, dislikes and emotional reactions, that is your stuckness speaking once again. Fortunately it's easy to feel when your "unstuck" because you will feel fresh, happy, renewed, and worry free. This is the feeling, or way of being, you will want to try and maximize.
You will start to realize when you are consistently becoming "unstuck" because you will sense you are on your way to becoming the person you really want to be, and doing what you really want to do, not following other people's programs.
Now that you have a few tools at your disposal, your task today is to notice when you are "stuck" and then perform the simple reset (mini-meditation) procedure we talked about earlier. Have a look at a clock or set the stop-watch on your phone and see how long you can go before noticing old programs returning. This is the point where you are becoming "stuck" again.
Your homework: Keep track of your best times and see how they increase over the rest of the week. Also, come back and list your best times in the comment section and let me know if this has been helpful for you.
You've been listening to the Soul Mechanic, and as always, it's been my pleasure to serve you. Sending you Love, Happiness and Abundance.
See you tomorrow!