You are the commander of your mind
I know it often seems like the opposite for me.
Do we really know what calm feels like? If we haven’t yet experienced the complete opposite?
Kahlil Gibran alludes to this too and says,
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
My thoughts around this are that we need to truly feel our feelings, those bottom pit aches, in order to feel the complete opposite — contentment.
I bring this up because I’ve noticed we often lean on one side of the experience, I’m guilty of doing all of these like,
Waiting for inspiration to strike
When I have more time, I’ll…
When X happens I’ll create Y
I’ll market my offerings when I have something to promote
But what if it’s more like chipping away than waiting for inspiration to strike? Perhaps it’s more of a steady climb than waiting for more time to arrive?
How can we sit side by side with our experiences — while still knowing that something lives on the other side?
My baseline isn’t calm or naturally zen. I don’t sit in meditation with zero thoughts.
And perhaps because I still identify with those parts of myself, I’m often surprised when people meet or re-meet me after knowing the prior version of me before my practices “you’re so calm now!”
It gets me thinking that one of those reasons I can embody “calmness” is because I feel deeply un-calm, anxious, sad, confusion. Not in a past rendition of myself but still now, to this day — sitting side by side with them. It is both a gift and a burden.
Again I ask, how can we sit side by side with that joy and sorrow (or you fill in two opposing things)?
Or how can we chip away at writing when it doesn’t feel inspirational, for example, and still know that a published book is on the other side?
This month’s muse is synchronicity, originally coined by psychologist Carl Jung which refers to deeply meaningful coincidences which mysteriously occur in your life.
Last week, some of you may know, I took a “Mental Health Week” for myself.
I’ll write more about that experience later but I ran with the waves of synchronicities.
Pleasantly surprised to see what arose — Sadness. Laughter. Anger. Inspiration. Practices. Moments of Nothing. A lot of songs popped into my head (I share one special one below).
This month, practice chipping away at something instead of a deep inspirational moment.
Remember that you are the commander of your mind and it starts with knowing what the mind is doing, saying, thinking, etc. After that, you put in tools and practices that support you.
I’m very close to completing my training as a Vedic Psychology Facilitator and I’ll be able to share more about how our mind (both conscious and unconscious) shows up in life, work, careers, and content marketing! Nothing is in a vacuum, everything is connected.
In today’s Contentment Corner you’ll find:
🧘🏾♀️ Chipping away practice: 2-Minute Body-Breath Practice
🤍 Chipping away practice: 2-Minute Heart-Mind Mudra Practice
🤸🏿 Last bilingual yoga at the Pier in Seattle, 8/24!
🍎 Mindful Marketing Resources (and 1 spot opening up for Marketing Coaching)
For your mind
For your heart
For mindful marketing
Digital marketing explained: I was at the end of a marketing coaching program and I was trying to wrap my head around how to explain “digital marketing.”
She had a lot of questions — and what I sensed — pressure around “what to post for social media?” And well, what I wanted to convey was something beyond social media and the analogy that came through was like a “conversation”.
Building on that notion that marketing is communication and building relationships.
🔗 I also found this article on Reverse Engineer Your Instagram Strategy really helpful too.
I hope this helps some of you who are running a solo-business or business. If you want to relieve some of that pressure around business and marketing while gaining clarity around effective marketing, learn more about the Mindful Marketing 1:1 Coaching, 1 spot is now open.
For your soul 🌌