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Just published: Martha Treat #179
What Are You Looking At?
Perception is a choice. I often listen to people tell other people about the work I do and they invariably use the word organization. I prefer completing. To me organization implies stagnation in neat piles and completing is a movement forward towards freedom.
And everyone has their own perception of things. For me, how I look at things and how I hold images in my mind has everything to do with what happens in my life.
If I choose to look in the mirror and focus on what I don’t like, my energy goes down. Or, I could look in the mirror and say, “hi beautiful” which immediately lifts my spirit.
The only thing over which we truly have control in this world is our attitude and, I would add to that, where we place our focus and attention as well.
Do I choose to see disaster-approaching scenarios or do I picture positive outcomes? Do I focus on all the incompletes around me and get defeated or do I picture them completed and move on one action that will support the completion? Do I think of all the reasons why something is impossible or do I brainstorm creative solutions?
Beyond the obvious things we look at in our minds, there is the level of the unconscious below the surface that is not apparent until we “explode,” “melt down” or find ourselves in a rage over nothing. In those moments our attention is pulled to look deeper and heal what is behind the emotions.
My good friend called for support this week as she was struggling and irritated while clearing out a closet and it made no sense to her. As we talked about what was in the closet, tears flowed and she realized the upset was all about the shoes in the bottom of the closet. She had a serious car accident seven years ago resulting in a drop foot which eliminated her being able to wear her pretty shoes. Yet somewhere in her unconscious was the hope that things might change. Each day when she opened her closet even though not using or looking at the shoes some place inside her noticed. After becoming aware of and acknowledging the source of the upset, the shoes were lovingly put in a bag and sent on their way to Goodwill. The next day she described the shift in her energy as miraculous. She allowed herself to look at what needed her attention and took the action that opened the stuck energy.
Observing where we are placing our focus and seeing the pictures we are holding in our mind is worth our attention. We have a responsibility to ourselves to look through lenses that are clear in our intention and focused on what we truly want to create. Our attitude depends on it.
1. Watch what you are looking at and ask if you want to change the image.
2. Is there something in your mind (an incomplete communication), on your desk, in your closets, your car, etc. that is holding energy that you could release by completing it or letting it go?
3. Thank yourself for being willing to look at everything.
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Treat #173 A Kink in the Works
Treat #172 What's Stopping You?
Treat #171 All of Ours to Do
Treat #170 Attitude Adjustment
Treat #169 IN Consciousness
Treat #168 Completing Past our Reactions
Treat #167 Keep Your Dog Leash
Treat #166 The Essential Piece
Treat #165 Day is Done
Treat #164 Do-Nothing Time
Treat #163 Curbside Calm
Treat #162 Pile-Up
Treat #161 Gentle Doing
Treat #160 Freedom in the Discipline
Treat #159 Finding New Routes
Treat #158 Keeping the Awe Alive
Treat #157 "Finishiative"
Treat #156 The Exquisite Sound of the Moment
Treat #155 Up-to-the-minute
Treat #154 Uninviting Interruptions
Treat #153 What's bugging you
Treat #152 Competing Attention
Treat #151 Our Inner Awareness
Treat #150 Spontaneously Fresh and Alive
Treat #149 Without the Push
Treat #148 100% With...
Treat #147 Are You Signaling?
Treat #146 What is Pulling on Your Attention?
Treat #145 Gathering Ourselves Out of Overwhelm
Treat #144 Wonderings – Another Kind of Incomplete
Treat #143 Asking – A New Form of Delegating
Treat #142 Split Attention Payback
Treat #141 Getting All the Way In To Doing
Treat #140 Willingness to Look
Treat #139 Follow Yourself Around
Treat #138 A New Kind of Flow