You don’t always have to chop with the sword of truth

“You don’t always have to chop with the sword of truth. You can point with it also.”

—Anne Lamott, American writer and political activist

Image of a person in a fencing pose

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Professional and personal feedback can be extraordinarily useful as we learn and grow into better versions of ourselves. Unfortunately, on some occasions, a bit too much tough love or hard reality are forced upon us.

When you have been on the receiving end of such sword chopping, how receptive do you tend to be? How carefully do you listen and remain receptive and coachable? If you are like most people, you might withdraw and stop listening to simply protect yourself from these perceived attacks.

Where, perhaps, have you been giving aggressive feedback to others in your professional or personal communities?

EXERCISE:

Where and how would a kinder, more caring form of feedback and sword pointing (versus chopping) create the openness in yourself and others and the growth and results you intend?

Anybody who is not pulling his weight

“Anybody who is not pulling his weight is probably pushing his luck.”

—Adi Da Samraj, 20th Century American spiritual teacher

Image of a man tugging a thick rope

Image from Unsplash by Stijn Swinnen

Consider the following three aspects of your life, and determine your level of effort, success, and satisfaction:

  • Career
  • Relationships
  • Health

Examine how often you put in the time, focus, and heavy lifting to achieve your goals in each area.

Consider those around you with sluggish careers, failing relationships, and poor or diminished health. What do you observe regarding their efforts?

EXERCISE:

Where would pulling more of your weight bring you greater luck and good fortune in these are other important aspects of your life?

What actions will you take today to put on some more muscle, to tone up your life?

Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye

“Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.”

—H. Jackson Browne, Jr., Author of Life’s Little Instruction Book

Image of a blue barn door with a large red heart painted on it

Image from Unsplash by Jon Tyson

The human heart is an extraordinary organ. Weighing about ten ounces, this fist-sized miracle pumps life-giving oxygen and nutrient-rich blood throughout our bodies, without missing a beat.

The heart, like our brain, generates a powerful electromagnetic field. The electrocardiogram (ECG) has a field more than 60 times greater (based on amplitude) than brain waves generate in an electroencephalogram (EEG).

Some researchers believe that this electromagnetic field can code and connect individuals beyond our five senses, potentially transmitting and exchanging both positive and negative energies.

EXERCISE:

How would viewing life from a more heartfelt perspective help you see more of the invisible wonders of life?

You may wish to explore the work of the Heart Math Institute to see what they have been working on for over 25 years.

Caller ID for the voices in my head

“Can I get Caller ID for the voices in my head?”

—Author Unknown

Work on Caller ID technology began in the late 1960s, and eventually came to most of us between 1984 and 1989.

In 1995, call waiting technology arrived, to help us screen incoming calls when talking to someone else.

In a world that seems to always be trying to reach us, these boundary-setting technologies have helped a bit.

As many of us increase our self-awareness and mindfulness practices, no other outside influence compares to the almost constant voices in our heads. Many people experience considerable tugging and pulling in directions they would prefer not to go.

EXERCISE:

Where would gaining additional mastery of noticing your inner voice provide you with the greater peace of mind you desire?

Friday Review of Posts on Trust

FRIDAY REVIEW: TRUST

How trusting are you? How trust-worthy are you? Here are a few trust-related posts you may have missed. Click the links to read the full message.

 

“To trust yourself, to test your limits. That is the courage to succeed.”

 

 

 

“Trust that when the answer is ‘no,’ there’s a better ‘yes’ down the road.”

 

 

 

“Actions speak louder than words, but not nearly as often.”

 

 

 

 

The soul is placed in the body

“The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond and must be polished or the luster of it will never appear.”

—Daniel DaFoe, 17th Century British author of Robinson Crusoe

Scene at a gym

Image from Unsplash by Victor Freitas

Do you exercise on a regular basis? If so, you are probably very familiar with push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, and other activities that help maintain and develop greater fitness and vitality.

Consider the concept of a “soul-up,” in which you engage in daily mental, emotional, and spiritual activities. To do so would bring out even more of your inner brilliance, letting it shine throughout your personal and professional communities.

EXERCISE:

Imagine entering a “soul-lustering” boot camp over the next 12 weeks. What drills, exercises, and other activities would your inner drill sergeant take you through to be more soulful, healthy and fit, fully ready to take on each and every new day?

Within you there is a stillness

“Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat any time, and be yourself.”

—Hermann Hesse, 20th Century German Novelist

Image of a man meditating

Image from Unsplash by Mitchell Griest

Our five sense give us amazing capacities to experience the world around us. Take a moment to grasp the miracles of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch.

In many ways, we live in an over-stimulated society. The potential and actual input overloads our senses to the point of considerable stress and a loss of well-being.

Recently, I have begun removing some stimuli from my world in order to explore added stillness and peacefulness.

EXERCISE:

Where would taking a “Less is More” approach to life help you discover more moments of stillness and inner sanctuary?

Never throw out anyone

“People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Never throw out anyone.”

—Audrey Hepburn, 20th century British actress

image of a jointed doll

Image from Unsplash by Olia Gozha

The human body has the miraculous ability to renew almost all of its various cell types.

Did you know that we have 30 trillion red blood cells, and approximately 100 million are being formed each minute? If you do the math, it gives each red blood cell the life expectancy of about four months.

Here are the renewal rates of some other cell types:

Small Intestine 2-4 days
White Blood Cells 2-5 days
Bone Osteoclasts 2 weeks
Bone Osteoblasts 3 months
Fat Cells 8 years
Skin Cells 10-30 days
Liver Cells 6 months-1 year

EXERCISE:

In what ways beyond mother nature can you support the restoration and renewal of yourself and those around you to live a longer more fulfilling and happier life?

There is a bigger picture

“There’s a bigger picture. Just step back from the canvas.”

—attributed to Ilona Simone

One of my favorite Netflix Original Series is called Tales by Light.

Each episode highlights a specific masterful photographer, examining their world in great detail. The techniques they use to capture our world include a wide variety of lenses, and viewing their subjects from multiple levels.

From ground level to the top of a ladder, or a bird’s eye view from a hot air balloon or drone, their images reveal more of their canvas, and a far more interesting and beautiful perspective on their subject.

EXERCISE:

Where in either your personal or professional world are you simply too close to a particular subject? Where would stepping back to gain greater objectivity and perspective shed more and better light on your view of your world?

Friday Review of posts on humor

FRIDAY REVIEW: HUMOR

What makes you laugh? Here are a few humor-related posts you may have missed. Click the links to read the full message.

“I learned that when I made people laugh, they liked me. This is a lesson I’ll never forget.”

 

 

 

 

“Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom.”

 

 

 

“Your worst humiliation is only someone else’s momentary entertainment.”