Alternate route

A photo by Rosalind Chang.

I didn’t used to be a very good decision maker. I spent a lot of time weighing the pros and cons of different options, and somehow would still come away seeing how they all could work. What makes this especially ironic is that my job for over a decade was largely about making decisions, and to a certain degree, it still is. I rarely had a problem with those decisions, strangely, but would still find myself stuck in other areas. Then, over time, I became more familiar with mindfulness, and started to be able to connect better to what was going on inside me. You’d think this might just create more confusion, since internally I was full of uncertainty, but actually, it showed me something pretty amazing. Read More

Monday Moment: Livelihood

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A little inspiration as you start your week, hopefully headed into work that makes you feel aligned with purpose, and capable of impact that’s meaningful to you. If not, quotes like this may make you feel a little uncomfortable. That’s ok, though, because that discomfort could be the beginning of something good. Being able to experience that discomfort instead of judging it, or pushing it away, can show you what’s working and what isn’t, to get you working more often with what is.

This is what we mean by “catching your breath to unleash your potential.” It’s in there, if you can be present and attentive to the signals your body, mind and intuition are sending you about what makes you “come alive.” Just breathe, and listen.

Monday Moment: Seeking clarity

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Doesn’t sound like a half-bad idea, does it? No one’s exactly looking to deal with mud unless they have to, so…sure. I’ll leave it alone.

When it comes to the muddy waters of indecision, uncertainty, ambiguity, and all their awkward cousins, it’s a totally different story. We are all up in that mud, day in and day out, in that can’t-focus-can’t-sleep kinda distracted that only being (mentally) surrounded by mud can produce.  We really can’t stop messing with it, trying to “fix” the lack of clarity by kicking up more mud.

So, yes, you probably do have to make a decision, or become more clear about what’s going on. But, sometimes the worst way to approach it is with forcible effort. It’s hard to hear your intuition when you’re running a panic loop on high volume internally.

Instead, try letting it be, at least for a little while. Let the cards shuffle themselves, and see if they don’t fall a little more clearly into place without you trying to push them around.

The answers are always there, just sometimes they’re a little (or a lot) buried. If you can get comfortable with the discomfort of that, then – strangely enough – your time spent there will likely be shorter-lived.

Just like Monday. ;-) Have a mindful one.