It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
— Antoine de Saint-Exupery
If you’re feeling or hearing a rattle in your body, it means you haven’t committed yourself deeply enough to the path you’re traveling. Listen to the sounds of your body—the tension of your muscles, the hesitance or freedom of your breathing, the movement of energy in your wholeness. When I make a big commitment, I often feel a tightening and a quiver of “butterflies” in my stomach. These sensations let me know I’m afraid, which in turn lets me know it’s time to make a more thorough commitment. When I made the commitment to embarking on the three-year program for my doctorate, for example, I had those tight, quivery sensations for close to a month. When I finally committed in my body and soul—“Nothing’s going to stop me”—the fear sensations disappeared in an instant. Think of fear as a test of commitment, a way to focus your attention on the question, “Is this what I really want?”
A CONSCIOUS LIVING PRACTICE FOR TODAY – JANUARY 21
State aloud your commitment to conscious living. Use any words you choose. As you say the words out loud, notice if any feelings emerge in your body awareness. Use them as inspirations to deepen your commitment, not as reasons to abandon it.
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